Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Proper grasp on reality fail

Actual quote from Gillian Clarke, national poet of Wales, in response to the inauguration of President Barack Obama: "We’re all black now. And it’s taught us all -– from schoolchildren in Birmingham to poets in Wales -– that if you’re black, you can do it."

5 comments:

Chris Cope said...

I suppose it is only fair to give the full quote: "We’re on his side and we’ll try to make it work. We’re all black now. And it’s taught us all – from schoolchildren in Birmingham to poets in Wales – that if you’re black, you can do it; if you’re a woman, you can do it; if you’re young, you can do it. And if you’re Welsh, we can do it."

I don't think the additional context makes it sound any less dumb.

a. fortis said...

No...it really doesn't.

Teaandcakes said...

Nope, the extra bit doesn't help.

Donal said...

And if you're a black, Welsh, schoolgirl living in Birmingham, presumably you are the next messiah.

sara said...

Too bad Mark's mum isn't around anymore to appreciate this little exchange, as she was black, Welsh, and ended up in Bolton, which isn't Birmingham, but whatever.