Tutu weighs in
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?”