I did a story for the Saturday paper about former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating’s comments about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on Dennis Miller’s radio show, and I won’t rehash it all here. I was struck, though, by the similarity between one of Keating’s comments and one by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whom Keating criticized on the program.
In one of the anti-government sermons that Wright gave and became a source of controversy, he said, “And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations.”
And Keating, on the radio show, when he was apparently trying to make the point that blacks weren’t the only group to face hardship in the United States, said, “How about my Native American friends? You know, they wanted to kill them and throw them off their land.”
Big difference, though, is that Wright sees a nation still riven by racial injustice and Keating sees a nation living in racial harmony.
I was able to listen to the interview on iTunes (look under podcasts), but it wasn’t available directly from Dennis Miller’s radio show web site.