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March 20, 2008
Obama Campaign Scrubs Black Panther Ad from Website
I guess when it comes to hate, we should "understand" the kind spouted by Reverend Wright but not the New Black Panther Party:
Barack Obama’s campaign has rejected the support of the New Black Panther Party, after removing an endorsement by the group from its Web site Wednesday. The "New" Panthers are a lot like the "Old" Panthers except they've gotten much smarter about the incendiary language they throw about. Now they employ euphemisms and allegory to threaten violence rather than just coming out and saying "burn, baby, burn."
Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor issued a statement rejecting the Panther backing, and told FOXNews.com: “The page in question has been removed from our campaign Web site. It’s our policy with any content generated by a group that advocates violence.”
The blogosphere was buzzing Wednesday about whether his campaign planned to remove the Panther posting, just one day after the Illinois senator delivered a speech calling for improved race relations in America.
No matter. Obama shoo'd them away. But a nagging question in the back of my mind remains; if this blow up over Wright had not occurred, would that Black Panther ad still be up?