Today in the Category of “Must Read”

The blog has been quiet as of late, processing a storm of news and getting a few big pieces ready for your reading pleasure. In the meantime, though, there’s a new piece out there that’s so thoughtful, so beautiful, and so on point that I had to take a moment to share. The inaugural post on political and business consultant Oren Jacobson‘s new blog, Politics in Progress, this missive packs quite the emotional punch, and carries a message we could all use right about now:

After thirty heartfelt minutes, the greatest orator of our time — and undoubtedly one of the most consequential Presidents in American history — took Charleston’s Evangelical African Methodist Church, and the country as a whole, to a crescendo. This crescendo was different than what we have come to expect from Barack Obama. It wasn’t his trademark soaring rhetoric this time, though. Rather, it was a long pause followed by the the man moving, unexpectedly, into song.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me…”

He barely got past the first two words when the congregation joined in, carrying him to the finish as he had carried them in their collective grief. The first Black president stood at the pulpit of this historic Black church, where the futures of nine Black men and women were stolen by the hatred of an unapologetic white supremacist, and delivered a eulogy in his familiar baritone that drove home a message reflecting a characteristic emblematic of his presidency: grace.

This is seriously a can’t miss read. Click here to check out essay in full, and be sure to follow his blog for future posts — you won’t regret it.


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