A Dilla Dream

Make It Plain


"'Make it plain'" is the code word that he used for us to bring him forward. So, anyway, I did. I brought Minister [Malcolm X] forward. He didn't like a lot of icing, you know, "Here's Minister Malcolm, the great," and all that. He didn't like that. Just plain, you know."
-- Benjamin 2X

Illinois Senator Barack Obama won Saturday the South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary in a triumphant victory. With 99 percent of the electoral precincts reporting, Obama had 55 percent of the vote, Hillary Clinton had 27 percent, and John Edwards had 18 percent. During his rousing post-victory speech, Obama declared this year's election is not about race, it's about change.

To wit:

"The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It’s not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white.

It's about the past versus the future.

It's about whether we settle for the same divisions and distractions and drama that passes for politics today, or whether we reach for a politics of common sense, and innovation -- a shared sacrifice and shared prosperity.

There are those who will continue to tell us we cannot do this. That we cannot have what we long for. That we are peddling false hopes.

When I hear the cynical talk that blacks and whites and Latinos can't join together and work together, I'm reminded of the Latino brothers and sisters I organized with, and stood with, and fought with side by side for jobs and justice on the streets of Chicago. So don't tell us change can't happen.

When I hear that we'll never overcome the racial divide in our politics, I think about that Republican woman who used to work for Strom Thurmond, who's now devoted to educating inner-city children and who went out onto the streets of South Carolina and knocked on doors for this campaign. Don't tell me we can't change.

Yes we can change.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can seize our future."