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  1. What does “anime” mean in this context? I can only find definitions indicating it is a type of resin and a style of Japanese animations.

    Kyle Dye got the wake-up call I got in 1967. I watched three little white Mississippi boys on a newscast say the same things I had heard as a little boy in Tennessee 10 years earlier, and realized that we had a long way to go. I had thought we were far down the road by then. I haven’t made that mistake again.

    Now that Jeremiah Wright’s videotapes have shown us the kind of maliciously false statements that are being regularly said in some black churches, perhaps a few of us can acknowledge that the road is longer than we ever thought it would be — and is filled with people like Jeremiah Wright who work hard to keep us from ever getting where we wanted to go.

    I see Obama differently from the way your friend saw him. Obama was no little guy who had no ability to say anything to counter the false and hateful talk from his preacher, but he shied away from doing anything. His speech in Philadelphia may have been nice for some to hear, but his silence in the past years indicates he isn’t who I thought he might be.

    I had not wanted Obama as President, since I don’t agree with his political positions. So I don’t claim that Wright’s hateful preaching and Obama’s decision to do nothing to confront the problem changed my mind. It’s just that I now think less of his character.

  2. Bob – Want to know what “anime” means in this context? Just ask a teenager. Fortunately, I have a household full at the moment – my 13-year-old son and his buddies.
    Anime is a Japanese style of animation, based on comic books of the same genre, called manga. According to my son’s friend Tyler, some kids get into anime big time, dressing up as characters and generally immersing themselves in the art form, sometimes to what seems like an obsessive degree.
    Here’s more on manga from good old Wikipedia.
    “Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry,[4][8] representing a 481 billion yen market in Japan in 2006[9] (approximately $4.4 billion dollars).[10] Manga have also become increasingly popular worldwide.[11][12] In 2006, the United States manga market was $175–200 million.[
    and
    Manga as a term outside of Japan refers specifically to comics originally published in Japan.[19] However, manga and manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world, particularly in South Korea (“manhwa”)[20][21] and in the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong (“manhua”).[22] … In the U.S., manga-like comics are called Amerimanga, world manga, or original English-language manga (OEL manga).[24]

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