What did Reverend Wright actually say?
Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 23, 2008
I decided to do some research in the wake of the allegations of racism against Barack Obama, and waded through a whole lot of Sermons given by Reverend Jeremiah Wright. I also found the videos that has been circulating on the Net. See for yourself.
“The government gives them the drugs [referring to the Iran-Contra Affair], 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 is supreme”
– in its context – do you find anything RACIST in this?
“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye…and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
– in its context – do you find anything RACIST or Anti-semitic in this? I don’t. In fact I agree with a lot of what the Reverend is saying. He is full of criticism of the American Government’s treat of people of color (all people of color, mind you) throughout it’s history. Strong, harsh, but then it has always been one of the obligations of the clergy to whip the Government. That has always been the prerogative of the people of Faith. In fact, in my opinion, if people of Faith don’t speak up on behalf of the poor, the disadvantaged, the down-trodden and the hopeless, they are failing the Creed they profess.
I can understand how f.i Fox News, which is constantly brown-nosing and patting the Konservative, Korporate and Kapitalist America on the back, would pull out snippets here and snippets there of the sermons to try and discredit Barack Obama. They would, wouldn’t they? Think about it. The big News Tycoons always do that, don’t they?
I think this whole Wright-Obama business is a Red Herring, an attempt to derail Obama’s campaign and force him to debate the issue of what Jeremiah Wright said, rather than the issues of where America is going.