Inauguration Benediction – Rev Lowry

Did this make anyone else upset? I thought we were suppose to be looking past color, and embracing change…

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.” 1/20/2009 – Inauguration of President H Obama

What do you think about his ending remarks?

Full text can be found here:
More info on Rev Joseph Lowery can be found here:


  1. I hope people look at the benediction in the spirit in which it was intended. In addition, it wouldn't hurt to try to see the benediction through the experiences of the 80-year old Dr. Lowrey. Through my eyes, it was brilliant.

    Thanks a lot for the link to the full text.

  2. To be honest, I had to turn it off for the first prayer. Just couldn't handle the gayness of it. I know, I'm a bigot. I was cool with the benediction and was even ready to say "amen" until the open whit-bashing. Sweet. At least President-pants Obama seemed marginally uncomfortable with the joking.

  3. ebaack, I was trying to see it for the spirit it was given. My point is that in a society were equality is so heavily preached, why is it acceptable and even approved with laughter to make a distinction between the races.

    We now have an African-American as The President. That should be the focus, not putting down the other races.

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