Tutu weighs in

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu, who helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, says blacks and whites re­main di­vided in the U.S., that race has be­come a huge is­sue in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, and that many vot­ers are sup­port­ing can­di­dates based on the color of their skin.

And as for the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Demo­cratic hope­ful Sen. Barack Obama’s for­mer pas­tor, Arch­bishop Tutu says: “You might be shocked to dis­cover that he’s ar­tic­u­lat­ing the views of very many who haven’t had the chance of that kind of ex­po­sure. And in­stead of hear­ing what he is say­ing, again, peo­ple are try­ing to gain po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal.”

The arch­bishop made his com­ments in an in­ter­view over the May 10-11 week­end with WTVC-TV NewsChan­nel 9 in Chat­tanooga, Tenn., co­in­cid­ing with a ser­mon Arch­bishop Tutu de­liv­ered at the nearby Univer­sity of the South in Se­wa­nee dur­ing com­mence­ment cer­e­monies.

Apart from the racial di­vides, Arch­bishop Tutu fore­casts great things for Amer­ica’s fu­ture, point­ing out Mr. Obama’s can­di­dacy as one ex­am­ple: “Where else in the world would you have a black guy be­ing not just a cred­i­ble can­di­date, but some­one who seems to be tak­ing the coun­try by storm?”

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