Putting Obama’s “typical white person” soundbite in proper context

Okay, so there’s this soundbite running around from a radio interview Obama did with a radio station in Philadelphia. Here’s the full soundbite in context. What’s going on is people are stopping the soundbite at “typical white person”. Here it is in context:

“The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t,” Obama told WIP Sports Radio.

“But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away, and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”

As I said, the problem is that everybody is ending the soundbite at “typical white person”, which is, of course, pissing some people off.

But if you look at the entire quote in context, it makes sense and is not nearly as inflammatory.

Again, make no mistake, I do not support Obama. On the major issues. That doesn’t mean I don’t like or respect the man. And right now, he’s getting pilloried for that remark, which, as you see, if placed in proper context, is not nearly as inflammatory if you just stop the soundbite at “typical white person”.

I think that’s terribly unfair so I wanted to get the full quote out there.

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