Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Audacity of The Audacity of Hope

From Merriam-Websters:

Audicity: 1 a: intrepidly daring : adventurous b: recklessly bold : rash
2: contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum : insolent
3: marked by originality and verve

Who in their right mind would ever consider hope to be audacious? Presumably every person on earth recognizes the right and the natural tendency of others to hope. But Barack Obama propelled himself into the public's eye in part on his book The Audacity of Hope. So I'm left to wonder; Who exactly is Barack talking about when he claims that hope is considered audacious?

Is he contending that hope within the black community is considered by others to be audacious, or is he claiming that blacks consider their own hope to be audacious? As I haven't read the book perhaps I'm wrong in my hypothesis that the answer is the former.

Given his political history and his close association with the likes of Reverand Wright, it seems clear that the title gives us some insight into Barack Obama's view of the white community. And that view is an ugly vision of a white man so intent on keeping the black man down that he considers a glimmer of hope to be "audacious". I guess this should come as little surprise given the man from whom the book title was borrowed.

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