The 87 year-old celebrated civil rights leader Joseph Lowery gave the benediction today at Barack Obama's inauguration where he concluded with the following rhyme very popular among Black Protestants amidst the civil rights movement in the 1960s: (emphasis mine)
We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around. When yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.
I found this all rather odd, considering especially that it was whites who, having already embraced what is right, led the abolitionist movement when blacks could not free themselves from the bonds of slavery. Even more odd, too, since without the tremendous support Barack Obama received from the white electorate in the United States, he could not have possibly even hoped for victory in November.
Sadly, I really can't say I'm surprised in the least by the character of those persons invited to participate today in the inauguration by Barack Obama; once again, he is known by the company he keeps. The way he totally botched the oath of office was embarassing too... If today is an indicator of the next four years, we're in for rough times.