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Friday, June 26, 2015

President Obama is now a proud member of his race

President Obama was raised on Hawaii by middle class white people.  He is half Negro and half Caucasian.  Today, at the funeral of his friend Clementa Pickney, President Obama has finally identified himself with his father's Negro heritage. 

Today, June 25, 2015, President Obama joined the Charleston community, as one of the congregation, when he eulogized their martyred Pastor Clementa Pickney, at the funeral with a packed congregation, in South Carolina.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was carried through the streets of Columbia, South Carolina

Nine victims of the shooting were: Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.  Eight of the victims died at the scene, and the ninth victim died at a hospital.  

In a startling response to the murders, the families of the fallen, in an astounding act, responded by expressing forgiveness to the alleged killer, a 21 year old professed racist named Dylann Roof.  

President Obama knew the highest profile victim of the Charleston shooting personally.

Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama delivered a touching eulogy, a rousing political speech and a thoughtful meditation on race in America, when he traveled to Charleston, South Carolina on Friday to speak at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was gunned down last week by a racist terrorist during Bible study.

But the President's speech will be remembered for a moment at the end when he launched into a solo of "Amazing Grace," that at first stunned the mourners and then brought them to their feet as they joined him in song.

Obama's speech moved beyond just grief for the victims -- the President stepped directly into a national conversation about race in which he plays a central role.

He declared the Confederate flag a symbol of racial oppression, and praised the renewed urgency in removing it from the South Carolina State Capitol. (In my opinion, the red rag Dixie flag should have been removed before the victims' funerals.)

President Obama rightly explained: "Removing the flag from this state's capital would not be an act of political correctness," he said. "It would not an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong."

Although President Obama was raised by his Caucasian family, his eulogy for his friend Reverend Pinckney, in Charleston, finally brought him face to face with his proud heritage as a Negro, who's father was Ghanaian.

Perhaps today, in Charleston South Carolina, became the day in history when President Barack Hussein Obama finally became America's first Negro president of the United States.

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