CNN: The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s 9/11 sermon

Posted: March 22, 2008 in Culture
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Although I understand why Obama had to denounce his pastor’s comments, I am a little disappointed that he had to do so. In my opinion, Reverend Wright’s comments were insightful and candid. Although I may not agree with everything he said, I don’t believe his sermon was hateful. I am not black but I agree with much of his characterization of racism in America. White Protestants tend to like their religion on the “light side”. You won’t see pastors like Reverend Wright in Bellevue Baptist or Lindenwood Christian Church delivering these types of sermons but there are many “black churches’ throughout Memphis in which such pastoral passion is commonplace. I believe that we have forgotten just how important these churches were to the civil rights movement. Reverend Wright’s sermons are being used to frighten white people in to voting for either Hillary or McCain similar to how the threat of terrorism was used to get Bush reelected. Americans are too easily manipulated. Take a look at a more objective view of the sermon before you make up your mind. We have nothing to fear from Obama’s church or pastor. Pat Robertson and his many clones are far more frightening in my opinion.
  1. Mr. Roach says:

    Barack’s speech simulates a courageous address on race. But, as with more transparent race hustlers like Al Sharpton, he finds the engine of black faults in white racism, both in the past and (implausibly) in the present. A more courageous address would have asked for something real and substantive from blacks. But the black nationalism he and his pastor endorse does not consider blacks to have any faults, misdeeds, or need for collective action in contrast to the strenuous demands put upon whites. Real racial peace requires both sides to engage one another honestly and with sincerity. His hair trigger accusations of racism–against his grandma and Ferraro–coupled with his view of exquisite black victims and persistent white victimizers does nothing to advance such a conversation.

  2. Josie says:

    I agree with your statement that “Real racial peace requires both sides to engage one another honestly and with sincerity”. Unfortunately, this type of engagement necessitates the depolarization of both sides. The media perpetuates polarization between the races instead of promoting honest and, sincere dialogue. Like the school yard bully, the media loves to pit the two sides against each other and then cover the ensuing racial feuds 24/7. No doubt racism is prevalent in both blacks and whites with each group adding to the problem. There are victims and perpetrators on both sides. However, I don’t think blacks are any worse than whites when it comes to reckless promotion of absolutes. Obama’s response was certainly not perfect. However, Obama did attempt to discuss race in a more candid manner than we have seen from other politicians.

  3. citizenwells says:

    “And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,”

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