Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Whose Race?

Obama on race: a fail for grammar
Is it Senator Obama, the former editor of the Harvard Law Review, or his speech-writers who don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose"? I've checked several online versions of the text as provided by the Obama campaign, and they all agree that he referred to "the white man whose been laid off ..."

For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. But it also means binding our particular grievances - for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs - to the larger aspirations of all Americans -- the white woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white man whose been laid off, the immigrant trying to feed his family. And it means taking full responsibility for own lives - by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.

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