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March 24, 2008
Condescends on Jeremiah Wright Affair
9/11: “We have supported state terrorism . . . and now we are indignant
because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our
own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.”
blacks in America: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger
prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless
America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing
innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than
human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she
HIV: “The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of
genocide against people of color.”
racial warfare: “Black men turning on black men – that is fighting the
the USA: “White America, U.S. of KKKA.”
These are the words of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, of the Trinity United
Church of Christ in Chicago. They are not taken out of context – as if
there is an appropriate context for them. They are the words of a
paranoid liar, a harmful shepherd and a bigot. And they are the
recurring comments of a man whom Barack Obama, possibly the next
president of the United States, has for two decades adopted as his
family’s spiritual guide.
is somewhat ironic that Obama has so vehemently denied being a Muslim
that he has drawn scrutiny to his actual church, which is most certainly
going to hurt his candidacy. This is not surprising, considering he
chose as his vehicle to God a congregation that describes itself as “an
African people [remaining] true to our native land, the mother
continent,” as committed to “Africa,” as allegiant “to all black
leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System,” and as
disavowing of the “Pursuit of ‘Middleclassness.’” (Maybe someone ought
to tell Obama that this is why his beloved middle class is shrinking).
Can you imagine, say, John McCain belonging to a white church where the
pastor refers to 9/11 as the “chickens coming home to roost,” asks God
to “damn America,” blames the government for spreading a virus to
exterminate whites, calls America “Black America, the U.S. of Black
Panther America,” and says white men turning on white men is “fighting
the wrong enemy?” Can you imagine how the electorate would react had
McCain belonged to a congregation describing itself as “committed to
Europe, the mother continent,” or as allegiant to white leadership?
That scenario would not, and should not, be acceptable to most.
Likewise, Obama’s choice of family spiritual guide, a man on whom he has
lavished praise and to whom he has exposed his innocent children, should
very much be an issue in this presidential race. Few people are more
personally influential that one’s chosen spiritual guide. And the fact
that Obama has chosen a paranoid bigot who hates America as his
decades-long religious advisor should not be agreeable with any American
there was any opportunity for Obama to redeem himself from the poor
choices he has made, it would have come in the form of a flat-out
denunciation of Rev. Wright and his beliefs, coupled with an expression
of regret for his intimate association with Wright over the years.
Instead, in a much-discussed speech last week that was supposed to
address the issue, Obama justified his association with Wright, excused
Wright’s behavior and went on to condescendingly change the subject from
the matter at hand to a vague and general discussion of race in America.
But what little Obama did say about the Wright issue was nauseating. “I
can no more disown him than I can disown the black community,” said
Obama about Wright.
This insinuation that Wright’s beliefs are a reflection of American
blacks’ philosophy might possibly be the single most destructive
anti-black statement made this decade, especially coming from someone as
high profile as Barack Obama. Could he have been any more condescending
to the black community?
No, Barack. You can disown an America-hating loon while heartily
embracing the overwhelmingly religious, rational and patriotic black
community. Do not insult the majority of blacks by telling them that
they cannot be distinguished from the likes of Wright.
Obama has been running as the first-ever “post-racial” candidate for the
presidency. Incidentally, no campaign has ever seen as much discussion
of race, mostly due to Obama himself. At every opportunity he gets,
Obama reminds audiences of his diverse background.
Instead of expressing regret about his intimacy with Wright, Obama
chooses to push the whole country into a discussion of race, which,
irrelevant of its merits, distracts from his real problem.
The Obama campaign took Geraldine Ferraro’s comments about his race from
the obscure pages of a local California newspaper to every national news
Obama is the most racial presidential candidate American has ever seen.
He must stop portraying himself otherwise, must apologize to the black
community and must cease condescending to the country.
But although that would make him a better person, it would still not
make him fit to be president. His long and deep relationship with Wright
already has raised questions about his qualifications for the highest
office in the land. His continued refusal to disown a personal spiritual
guide who prays for God to damn America can only confirm that Obama is
far from being even marginally adequate to occupy the Oval Office.
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