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Rev. Wright Demands to be Right! April 28, 2008

Posted by Reginald Johnson in AIDS, African-American, Celebrity, Culture, Election '08, Elections, Minority Issues, Politics.
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Into the belly of the media beast, he went.

Inflammatory and controversial, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. felt a strong desire over the past few days to defend his ministry and speak out against government injustices. In hearing his remarks at the National Press Building, located in downtown Washington, D.C., Wright went even further by saying, “…it [the United States government] engineered HIV/AIDS to infect black communities”.

He stood behind this remark by saying, “I believe our government is capable of anything.”

Speaking before a majority-reporter crowd, this marks the third time in four days Rev. Wright has claimed the national media spotlight. Some pundits believe his constant media presence will sabotage Sen. Barack Obama’s effort to become the democratic presidential nominee. Rev. Wright’s remarks can definitely hurt his former parishioner’s chances by upsetting and making uneasy the skeptical white working-class voters.
Many people are concerned why Wright would choose to become so vocal at this time. It’s a good question. Some believe that Wright can hurt Obama, the more he stays in the spotlight. While others say he has every right at any time to speak up for himself, and not the political talking heads.

One thing is for sure, the issue of Rev. Wright’s remarks was dying down – until about four days ago. People were actually focusing on former President Bill Clinton’s remarks on the issue of race. Mr. Wright has chosen to get back into the fire.

Rev. Wright declared, “The Christianity of the slave owner is not the Christianity of the slave.” While this was definitely true in the early 1600s, on into the late 1800s, it doesn’t necessarily means that those things are still in play.

He said, “Our congregation … took a stand against apartheid while our government was supporting the racist regime of South Africa. Our congregation stood in solidarity with the peasants of El Salvador and Nicaragua while our government … was supporting the Contras who were killing the peasants. … Our congregation feeds over 5,000 homeless and needy families every year, while our government cuts food stamps and spends billions fighting in Iraq.”

Rev. Wright is adamant in defending his reputation; that was his reasoning for speaking on the Bill Moyers’ PBS program. He feels his sermons were “unfair, unjust and untrue” and publicized by the media for “very devious reasons” to damage Sen. Obama’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The snippets from the sermon and sound bite [have] made me the target of hatred,” Mr. Wright said.

Some say Sen. Obama’s 20-year relationship with Rev. Wright and his former church is a serious thing to consider. Many believe you become guilty by association. His relationship with the reverend caused Obama to give an interesting speech on March 18 in which he called for a national dialogue on race and disavowed Mr. Wright’s remarks. During this time it is important to note that Obama did not sever ties with the man, who he described as being like a family member.
Sen. Obama, who calls Rev. Wright his spiritual mentor, said the sermons reflect “a profoundly distorted view of this country.” Profound? Distorted? So why not cut your loses and move forward.

What doesn’t work for Rev. Wright is his continued remarks in ‘defending’ himself. He has every right to defend himself; but he needs to look at the bigger picture. The bigger picture in my view is this: if he wants to support Obama, he should take a step out of the spotlight and hold his tongue. If Obama receives the nomination or is elected; then after Election Day, he can spout all he wants.

I thought the Rev. Wrights demeanor and body language was unprofessional and unapologetic. During the question and answer session of the press conference, he reacted like someone who didn’t know there were cameras recording his actions. After answering a question of his patriotism, he stepped back from the microphone, gave a frat sign with his arms, saluted and smirked.

It gave me the impression that he was soaking up his 15 minutes. Throughout the Q&A, he didn’t seem like a man who’s educated and professional and more importantly, someone who has been a 20 year friend and spiritual advisor of the next possible president of the United States.

How unfortunate.

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1. huntingdonpost - April 28, 2008

While I think this whole thing is overblown (and indeed white preachers actually have some similar messages-that God will damn America if it does X) I think Obama could help himself by giving a straight up answer. I don’t think he aimed too high when he was talking about race; but that speech didn’t tell people the answer to their question about his relationship to Wright. And now Wright keeps popping up instead of the speech.

How many times have white preachers blamed Katrina and other disasters on gay people, etc. So Rev. Wright says America should be blamed for its treatment of black people–well he’s more correct than white preachers in my book.

Maybe he should be quiet. On the other hand, I am interested in what he has to say. Like Obama, I don’t agree with it all, but some of it presents an interesting perspective.

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