I realize that many of my fellow Americans are racists and that Barack Obama’s poll numbers drop anytime “race” is an issue. One pundit joked (half-heartedly) that Senator Obama will be disavowing Nelson Mandela by November.
Here’s another fine example of how the presumptive Democratic nominee is bending over backwards to avoid being associated with the previous generations’ civil rights leadership. Congressman Charles Rangel, the highest-ranking Democrat in Congress is being kept off the Democratic National Convention program because he supported Senator Clinton’s bid for the nomination.
The Obama campaign is denying House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel a speaking role at this month’s Democratic National Convention – a move those close to the powerhouse Harlem congressman view as a spiteful snub… But they were told that the 78-year-old congressman’s support for Clinton earned him a place at the end of the line behind Barack Obama’s loyalists – even if Rangel played a crucial part in prodding Clinton to abandon her presidential bid in June.
This snub supports my concern regarding Obama’s tactical ability after he wins the Presidency. Does he have relations with the powerful Congressional leaders required to make “change?” You would think that the guy responsible for tax policy would be a good friend to have.
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Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.