Toni Morrison shows the world how to endorse a candidate for President

Well, I asked where Toni Morrison was. And now I know where she is.

Endorsements may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but I will be DAMNED if this aint the purtiest letter of endorsement I have EVER read.

Dear Senator Obama,

This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a
Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing
it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that
this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their
peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one
thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even
revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the
person to capture it.

May I describe to you my thoughts?

I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always
seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I
am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it)
of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my
admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no
liberal woman has ever ruled in America. Only conservative or
“new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very
much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had
to offer or because it might make me “proud.”

In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I
stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in
addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you
exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or
gender and something I don’t see in other candidates. That something is
a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It
is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we
call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if
we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the
forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds
it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a
class, or earn it in the workplace–that access can foster the
acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom. <–
you cant teach that kind of eloquence. And you can’t fake it.

When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such
a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with
courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his
country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”? Someone who understands what it
will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself,
what it desperately needs to become in the world?

Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet
unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and
some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon
their nostalgia for the womb.

There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.

Good luck to you and to us.

Toni Morrison

So, NOW….can we please stop talking about Bill Clinton being the “first Black President”???

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One comment

  1. jameil

    very touchy feely. never has one phrase been blown so thoroughly out of proportion!! OVER IT!! every barack article… every billary article… over and over and over they mention this! presidential debates!?!? word cnn?? that’s how you roll??? ugh.

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