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Oct. 3rd, 2008

In this YouTube video, the AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer talks about the role of racism in the US presidential election. He starts out like this:

"There's not a single good reason for any worker, especially any union member, to vote against Barack Obama. And there's only one really, really bad reason to vote against Barack Obama. And that's because he's not white."

He tries to continue, but he is interrupted by applause and a standing ovation.

I don't know how staged this might have been, but I was moved.

He goes on to discuss the role of unions in fighting racism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QIGJTHdH50

Via bcholmes, via nex0s.

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miz_geek
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Very moving, and a great speech. Thanks for posting it.
kmd
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)

Wow.

That was fantastic. Thank you for posting it.
jordan179
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Historically, it would be more accurate to say that unions encouraged rather than opposed racism.
mjlayman
Oct. 4th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
That was great! And look what a good job he did, even though he was reading from notes!
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