As the White House continues to try to placate allies in the black community outraged over the George Zimmerman verdict, President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the White House, according to Politico.
That’s a good thing. The more he does stuff like this, the more it seems maybe he’s trying to show he’s doing as much as he can to lead a “national dialogue on race” – which apparently we’re supposed to have now – without having to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
From the Politico article.
White House spokesman Kevin Lewis said the Oval Office meeting will mark the 100th anniversary of the African-Amercan sorority and the 51st anniversary of its convention. He will meet with members including the sorority’s president, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre.
Given the national dialogue on race since the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case — and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Monday comments to the group about the case — it wouldn’t be unexpected for the conversation to veer in that direction.
No, it wouldn’t really be unexpected, would it? In fact, that’s the point.
There was much talk at the White House briefing today about The Dialogue. It occurs to me, the White House already has a natural choice to lead this National Dialogue on Race, a scholar in the field and a supreme intellectual overall who last year weighed in with this distinguished analysis: