Obama at a rally in South
Carolina in 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. — During a speech in Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, Barack Obama altered — at least for the past week — the dialogue about race in America.
The Democratic presidential candidate spoke of the anger of a generation of black leaders whose views were forged amid segregation. But he also acknowledged that whites might rightly resent what they've been asked to give up to offset past prejudice.
The speech, compelled by controversy over Obama's outspoken former minister, explored nuances and blunt feelings. Now events and time will determine whether the speech he delivered in a historic setting will become historic itself.