Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, two candidates who have been historically committed to the African American community, are now sparring over race.
Last week, attempting to draw a distinction between hoping for change and working for change, Hillary said:
"I would point to the fact that that Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done. That dream became a reality, the power of that dream became real in people’s lives because we had a president who said we are going to do it and actually got it accomplished.”
Some have decried Hillary's comments as diminishing Dr. King's role in the Civil Rights Movement.
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Bob Johnson, the nation's first black billionaire and one of Hillary's staunchest supporters, added his two cents:
"To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues —when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book - when they have been involved.
Obama claimed the high road in the controversy surrounding Clinton's comment explaining:
"The notion that this is our doing is ludicrous.”
Add the media whirlwind surrounding Bill Clinton's "fairy tale" remark, and it seems that a debate about race, which doesn't really include much substantive disagreement between the two candidates, is picking up steam. Unfortunately, this controversy has captured the media, taking away attention from the candidates' respective policy stances, which is what Hillary may have been referring to all along.