Obama’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney

     Obama’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the chorusof comment “um-hmm, right, say it, my my, yeah yeah,”  a singing of Amazing Grace – lifted  up the justice of the Mother Emmanuel community, “our beating heart,’  as the dreamed of justice of the American community.  Worth hearing here.

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     The long fight for the expansion of human rights that Obama emphasized came on the day, also the result of a long battle, of the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize marriage for all people throughout the country.

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     “God works in mysterious ways.”  Obama emphasized healing, “thoughtful introspection and examination” and unity, praising ordinary people as well as Governor Haley and Mayor Riley: down came at last the confederate flags and at last the dead statues and names of the South are seen, by many, for the horror they are.

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        On this sad occasion,  Obama said: “by taking down that flag, we express God’s grace” and we can “soften hearts” toward lost young men in the criminal justice system, check police murders and employers who “call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal…” (a pithy expression, from below, for American racism)  as well as deter the “unique mayhem” of American gun violence…

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    Justice depends, Obama said rightly (with Hegel),  on equal liberty, that “my recognition depends on your recognition,” and “open-heartedness.” The 4 justices who voted against gay marriage fail to understand this core point – that democracy must rest on the equal basic rights of each individual or is but a shadow…

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      “The revered President,” as one Pastor named him, spoke for the wonderful, now gone Clem (Clementa Pinckney), his talk rising to “Amazing Grace” and the names of the eight women and men,  going back into the voices of the black church and the words of all the speakers and songs in the four hours which name the promise that comes from suffering and defeating long oppression…

   Listen here.

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