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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 28, 2008 / 27 Menachem-Av 5768

Does King + 45 = Obama?

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On a hot August day in 1963, I sat cross-legged on my parents' living room rug in southern Ohio to watch Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. make history. His "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial made history and moved legislation.


Sen. Barack Obama will become the first non-white to accept a major party's nomination to be president on Thursday, the 45th anniversary of King's speech. Deep in my heart I do believe that somewhere King is smiling.


It was a big deal to watch the live black-and-white TV images of King making his historic speech. It was King's dream that everyone would be judged "not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."


At that time, it is important for young folks to know, "white" and "colored" signs were still posted over public restrooms and water fountains across the South.


In the North, we didn't have the signs, but we often still had the segregation — in housing, schools, amusement parks and, most important, jobs. And when black families vacationed, we could not drive up to any hotel or motel and spend the night. More often than not, we had to sleep in our cars.


"My family didn't own slaves," I often have heard white Americans say, as if skin privilege ended with the Civil War. Black Americans of my generation know better, and our children can't afford to be fooled.


Yet, we cannot afford to wallow in bitterness either.


Obama's nomination demonstrates how much King's faith in this nation's better angels has been rewarded and how much of his dream — "a dream as old as the American dream," he said — has been achieved.


Presidential campaigns teach us Americans about ourselves. Some of the lessons of this one include:


(1) Racism appears to have fallen out of fashion, if not out of business. Few people will admit they won't vote for Obama because of his pigment. Yet, polls show at least 12 percent of Americans cling to the belief that Obama is a Muslim, undeterred by overwhelming evidence that he is a Christian and never was a Muslim. Yet, what if he were? Did someone hang a "No Muslims need apply" sign on the White House?


(2) Obama's biracial background may be attracting at least as many voters as it puts off. Still, as much as Americans say they believe that "race doesn't matter," it is ironic that they still need to hear a black person say it.


(3) The bigger divide that Obama's campaign has revealed is a big gap in socioeconomic class. Among whites, Obama does best among voters who are younger, better educated and more likely to have benefited from the industrial and economic changes of recent years. Sen. John McCain, like Sen. Hillary Clinton, tends to do better among older, working-class whites.


Yet, working-class blacks and whites seem to get along better than ever. Race increasingly seems to be a proxy for deeper concerns, such as whether Immigration and outsourcing to Asia threaten local jobs. Obama has talked a lot about the economy but failed, so far, to detail a strategy that can make the issue his own. "Change You Can Believe In" is a great slogan. He needs to detail what kind of change he's talking about.


(4) The word "racist" is being stretched so much that it is beginning to lose meaning. For example, some people call blacks "racist" for giving about 90 percent of our support to Obama. Those critics ignore history. Catholics, for example, turned out in numbers almost that high for John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. Various ethnic and religious communities typically show overwhelming support when one of their members has a chance to break barriers on their behalf. Besides, the critics forget how hard Obama had to work to woo black voters away from Sen. Clinton. Remember when everybody seemed to be wondering whether Obama was "black enough"? No more. Nevertheless, Obama's successes compel black Americans to catch up with changing times too. Race men like Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. complain that Obama "talks down to black people" by calling for personal responsibility. But Obama's black audiences mostly applaud enthusiastically.


Now a new concern arises in the community of black scholars, activists, bloggers and barbershop pundits: Will Obama's historic achievements make it harder to rally support for the parts of King's dream that remain undone? Probably so. That's the price of success.


The good news, whether Obama wins in November or not, is that so much of white America supports King's dream too.

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