We are currently enjoying day number two of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright media blitz, and it gets a little worse at every stop.sdf
I watched Rev. Wright on Bill Moyers the other night and was impressed. Keeping in mind that Bill Moyers is a dishonest left-wing hack who's just trying to get Obama elected, I still thought Rev. Wright showed an impressive intellect and made some very good points.
I was even prepared to come in this morning and write what could be perceived as an apology for some of the unfair criticisms I've made about Wright. I do think some of the YouTube clips were taken out of context and many in the media have rushed to judgment on the man.
Then Obama's "crazy uncle" gave the keynote address at yesterday's NAACP luncheon. It was slightly hysterical, but otherwise a very entertaining speech. The man is about as charismatic as anybody I've ever seen.
Then the wheels came flying off the "reconciliation train" so to speak this morning. The good pastor gave a shortened version of the previous day's speech, this time to The National Press Club and then (much to the chagrin of the Obama campaign I'm sure) he answered questions.
It turns out all those YouTube clips may not have been taken out of context after all. Rev. Wright may just be the anti-American race hustler I thought he was.
His demeanor in front of the press club was arrogant in the extreme. His attitude was dismissive, racist, and dare I say 'elitist'.
When asked about his comments just 5-days after 9/11 about America's "chickens coming home to roost" he defended the words.
...“Jesus said do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic, divisive principles.”
When asked if he loves America, he responded:
”I served six years in the military. Does that make me patriotic?” he asked. “How many years did (Vice President Dick) Cheney serve?”
Instead of taking responsibility for his own statements, Rev. Wright accused the media and other critics of "attacking the black church".
“The most recent attack is on the black church, it is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright, it is an attack on the black church,” Wright said.
When asked about his relationship to Louis Farrakhan he was again unapologetic:
...So what I think about him, as I’ve said on Bill Moyers and it got edited out, how many other African-Americans or European-Americans do you know that can get one million people together on the mall? He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century. That’s what I think about him.
Probably the most outrageous thing Rev. Wright did was defend his belief that white people created the AIDS virus as an act of genocide against people of color.
I read different things. As I said to my members, if you haven’t read things, then you can’t — based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything.
In fact, in fact, in fact, one of the — one of the responses to what Saddam Hussein had in terms of biological warfare was a non- question, because all we had to do was check the sales records. We sold him those biological weapons that he was using against his own people.
So any time a government can put together biological warfare to kill people, and then get angry when those people use what we sold them, yes, I believe we are capable.
He also defended his comparison of Roman soldiers who killed Jesus to the U.S. Marine Corps. if you can believe it.
The Roman oppression is the period in which Jesus is born. And comparing imperialism that was going on in Luke, imperialism was going on when Caesar Augustus sent out a decree that the whole world should be taxed. They weren’t in charge of the world. It sounds like some other governments I know.
That, yes, I can compare that. We have troops stationed all over the world, just like Rome had troops stationed all over the world, because we run the world. That notion of imperialism is not the message of the gospel of the prince of peace, nor of God, who loves the world.
He was asked many more questions which you can both read and watch by following the link to the transcript and video.
While Rev. Wright loves to point the finger at so-called "white America" and "rich white people" who run the country, it is he who should be looking inward at the hypocrite and race hustler within himself.
At one point in today's presentation in response to a question, he said that America is the only country that has refused to "apologize" for slavery and for the injustices done to black people.
He said we can never bridge the divide or begin the healing until we as a nation (white people) apologize. The harsh reality is that most divides have already been bridged, unfortunately pastor Wright never got the memo.
What I mean is that the issues which divided the whites and blacks of Rev. Wright's generation don't divide today's young people. Socio-economic inequalities still exist in some places for sure, but that's not because of racism. Some areas may still be effected by the racist policies of the past, but white people are not preventing blacks from getting ahead.
People in my generation (18-36) don't even think about race issues. We've moved beyond racial issues of previous generations, but people like Rev. Wright want to keep pulling us backward.
Jeremiah Wright is no different than Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Louis Farrakhan. All of them make a living trying to convince black folks that "white devils" are still trying to keep them down. He speaks bitterly of continued black oppression to a congregation that until recently included Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.
Yet the irony of that completely escapes him.
Wright is a hypocrite, because while giving speeches about "rich white people" he's building a multi-million dollar mansion in a gated community that is 97% white.
Rev. Wright is an arrogant, racist, bitter, and divisive individual who cares more about hearing himself thunder away on television than about black people.
If he really cared about black people he wouldn't be sabotaging the chance for the first black man to be elected president.
He knows that his ridiculous and offensive statements are going to hang Obama out to dry, but he doesn't care.