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I’ve Had It With Rev. Wright

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

By Eugene Robinson

Note: This column has been updated since its original posting in light of Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech.

    WASHINGTON—We all have our crosses to bear. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has become Barack Obama’s.

    I’m sorry, but I’ve had it with Wright. I would never try to diminish the service he performed as pastor of his Chicago megachurch, and it’s obvious that he’s a man of great charisma and great faith. But this media tour he’s conducting is doing a disservice that goes beyond any impact it might have on Obama’s presidential campaign.

    The problem is that Wright insists on being seen as something he’s not: an archetypal representative of the African-American church. In fact, he represents one twig of one branch of a very large tree.

    It’s understandable, given how Wright has been treated, that he would want to attempt to set the record straight. No one would enjoy seeing his 36-year career reduced to a couple of radioactive sound bites. No preacher would want his entire philosophy to be assessed based on a few rhetorical excesses committed in the heat of a passionate sermon. No former Marine would stomach having his love of country questioned by armchair patriots who have done far less to protect the United States from its enemies.


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    Given Wright’s long silence, I thought he had taken to heart Jesus’ admonition to turn the other cheek. Obviously, I was wrong.

    I’m through with Wright not because he responded—in similar circumstances, I certainly couldn’t have kept silent—but because his response was so egocentric. We get it, Rev. Wright: You’re ready for your close-up.

    He made some good points Monday when he entered the lion’s den of the National Press Club. I especially liked this one: “My goddaughter’s unit just arrived in Iraq this week while those who call me unpatriotic have used their positions of privilege to avoid military service while sending over 4,000 American boys and girls of every race to die over a lie.”

    But his basic point—that any attack on him is an attack on the African-American church and its traditions—is just wrong. In making that argument, he buys into the fraudulent idea of a monolithic, monocultural black America—one with his philosophy and theology at its center.

    In his speech Sunday at the NAACP dinner in Detroit, Wright spoke at length about how “different” does not mean “deficient.” He talked of how European and African musical and rhetorical traditions are different, and how that doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. The point was that there is no one way to preach the Gospel. In this, Wright is right.

    Where he overreaches is in claiming, as he did at the Press Club, that the criticism he has suffered “is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright; it is an attack on the black church”—and in claiming that this episode “just might mean that the reality of the African-American church will no longer be invisible.”

    The reality of the African-American church, of course, is as diverse as the African-American community. I grew up in the Methodist church with pastors—often active on the front lines of the civil rights movement—whose sermons were rarely exciting enough to elicit more than a muttered “Amen.” They were excitement itself, however, compared to the dry lectures delivered by the priest at the Catholic church around the corner. And what I heard every Sunday was nothing at all like the Bible-thumping, hellfire-and-damnation perorations that filled my Baptist friends with the Holy Ghost—and even less like the spellbinding, singsong, jump-and-shout sermonizing that raised the roofs of Pentecostal sanctuaries across town.

    Wright claims to represent all these traditions and more, but he does not. He also claims universality for the political aspect of his ministry. It is true that the black church, writ large, has been an instrument of social and political change. But most black churches are far less political than Wright’s—and many concern themselves exclusively with salvation.

    I point all this out not to say that one tradition is better than another; as Wright said, different doesn’t mean deficient. But what Wright did was try to frame the issue in such a way that to question him or anything he has ever said was to question the long, storied tradition of African-American religion.

    Historically and theologically, he was inflating his importance in a pride-goeth-before-the-fall kind of way. Politically, by surfacing now, he was throwing Barack Obama under the bus.

    On Tuesday, Obama returned the favor.
    Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)
    © 2008, Washington Post Writers Group

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By Maani, April 29, 2008 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

Bob Herbert (NYT) apparently agrees with Robinson:


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By BobZ, April 29, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment


Normally I agree with your columns, but not this time. Reverend Wright has every right to be angry with the way his sermons have been turned into sound bytes to demonize him and by association Barack Obama. The reverend is as much a victim as Barack Obama is. I watched the Bill Moyers interview in its entirety and also much of the Press Club speech and Q&A;, and Reverend Wright came across as not only articulate but sensible for the most part. Yes at times he can be over the top but this is a man who should be cut a lot of slack given the way his teachings have been slandered by the media. It is really an outrage the way the MSM and cable networks have jumped on him like a pack of wolves. He did not deserve this and neither did Barack Obama. The integrity of the journalistic profession has taken a major hit with the way this story has been covered. The moderator of the Press Club event admitted she did not view the entire sermon for which she was asking a question. He has a right to be angry. Reverend Wright is a good man who deserved better from the press. It is pretty sickening right now what is going on in this country that we will tolerate a mans reputation being impugned like that. Eugene - direct your irritation where it belongs: at your fellow professionals.

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By Max Shields, April 29, 2008 at 10:12 am Link to this comment

Yea. If you want an alternative - check out Cynthia McKinney!

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By rodrigo, April 29, 2008 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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to understand the essence of the conflict between wright and obama as it manifests itself one has to consider the essence of their union in the first place.

look back upon obama’s brutal defeat at the hands seale as he sought that congressional seat.  why did he lose… many ways he just didn’t fit in enough…...

his union with wright was a political decision he made very early on based on his ambitions…...he sought a church to dimension himself within the african-american community, a community that up to that point in time in his life he knew very little about… short as much as he claims that he sought the church for theological purposes ( which may have merit )  he also sought it for political reasons from which to establish a base for his future political ambitions..(combined with his community work)...his work in the community was done with his ambitions at the forefront ( to establish a name for himself ) and his sense of altruism or community service pacing his real motivation…..this political nexus between wright and obama has come home to “roost”......since in many ways it was a union of convenience and not sincerity…....when wright called him a politician in the moyers interview it was a direct relation to the essence of obamas engagement with the church from the start…....

thank you

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By Joe Sixpack, April 29, 2008 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

From the Washington Post:

“Obama aides said Wright had rebuffed their recent offers of public relations assistance. They stressed that they had no warning about a media blitz that included an appearance with Bill Moyers on PBS on Friday night, a nationally televised speech to the NAACP in Detroit on Sunday evening and yesterday’s appearance at the National Press Club. “

You may have missed, “...all of the ‘press tour’ that Eugene claims that Jeremiah Wright has been on…” but no one else has.

What planet do you live on? This man, Rev. Wright is so pissed off that Obama had to “do what politicians have to do” that he has decided to go on tour, write a book and give sermons and paid speeches to make sure that his spiritual pupil never sits in the Oval Office. Maybe because he doesn’t believe that Obama will make the kind of changes to the government that Wright would suggest? Wright did go on record saying that he’d be ‘comin after him’ in January if Obama were to win. I don’t think he needs to worry about any of that now.

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By Joe Sixpack, April 29, 2008 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

“So I’m sick of people consistently blaming the victim to achieve their political scorching.”

So can we expect that attitude from you in June? I mean once the dust settles and Obama is not the nominee? Voters are going to reject Obama because his spiritual mentor is an albatross and is single-handedly sinking his campaign.

Obama can no more disown Wright than his own granny, remember? Maybe that’s because Wright knows more about Barrack than Barrack wants America to know.

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By Joe Sixpack, April 29, 2008 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

“When the chips fall, Obama will be president.”

Now is that because it is the Will of Christ as Wright suggests or because Obama is entitled to the presidency?

Harpooned. Albatross. Anchor. Pastor Disaster.

Those are just some of the more media-friendly Obama headlines today…

A week is a political eternity. It’ll be interesting to see what effect this has in North Carolina.

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By Sue Cook, April 29, 2008 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

Rev. Wright is only reciprocating the favor to Obama.

He was twice “thrown underneath the bus” by him.

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By Bubba, April 29, 2008 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

... with people criticising Rev. Wright. Find something useful to do.

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By Teresa, April 29, 2008 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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I strongly disagree with Mr. Robinson’s comments.  I have listened to both Reverend Wright’s interview on Bill Moyers and his Press Club speech and found his words truthful and long-overdue.  As Professor Dyson has said, Wright is a prophet and Obama is a politician.  They have different goals and different audiences that they speak to.  We need both prophets and politicians.

The way Reverend Wright’s media blitz is being covered reminds me that I need a long break from the MSM.

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By Hoang, April 29, 2008 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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Mr Wright should have stayed low and invisible to help Obama’s chances to win. After the victory in November, then he can speak all he wants. Controversies are the last things Obama needs now, especially when much is at stake: The momination is not wrapped up yet, Hillary is still a big threat, the country is still steeped in the racism that renders Obama’s position precarious. Obama’s race is a big factor in this election to many white Americans. That is why i am no longer sure which way the winds are going to blow. If Wright wants Obama to win, he needs to swallow his pride, step out of the picture,—- for the sake of the common good: get Obama in the White House.

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By felicity, April 29, 2008 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

Eugene aside, can the media be stopped. The media’s life blood is controversy, the bloodier the better.  Facts lack controversy so the media must subvert the facts into fictions, easily the genre of conflict and controversy.

And so once again, as happened in the last presidential campaign - swift boats etc. - a political campaign which should reveal, evaluate, deny or create real issues has been perverted by the media to suit their own need. 

Tragically, the perversions end up too often with a George Bush in the driver’s seat.  It’s about time to openly indict the media for their crime.

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By heavyrunner, April 29, 2008 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

I have a friend with whom I serve on our local Democratic Central Committee.  She lived in Atlanta, Georgia in the 50s and 60s and used to attend Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Last weekend I went to hear Erik Michael Dyson speak in Los Angeles.

They both say the same thing about Rev. Wright’s sermons.  He is mild in his criticism of U.S. policies regarding race and war and peace compared to what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to say in his sermons and public speeches.  My friend on the committee came to one of our meetings after the looping of Rev. Wright’s statements began on FOX and other corporate news outlets and said that this was an attack on the Black Church and that what Rev. Wright was saying was pretty much standard fare in the Black Church, and that if you wanted to advocate for the elimination of the Black Church you have a right to do so, but that people who feel that way should at least be required to be honest about what they are doing.

To me it follows from that that these attacks are indeed attacks upon the Black Church.

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By Aegrus, April 29, 2008 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

Eh, so what? Any pastor who reaches the audience Wright has is likely to be ego-centric. It’s obvious he has some anguish about racial bias. I don’t really care much at all about his appearances trying to clear his name. At least he’s doing something positive instead of being obstinately foolish like Pat Robertson or Pastor Hagee. Still don’t think this whole Wright thing is going to be all that big of a deal, but, hey, you guys all get fed up and sad while the Clintonistas play their gotcha games and McCain fans toast marshmallows on a burning cross. When the chips fall, Obama will be president.

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By Conservative Yankee, April 29, 2008 at 6:54 am Link to this comment
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I’m wondering (as a typical white guy) If Robinson gets a pass on his “economic classism” due to his skin pigmentation?

Had a white person written this opinion piece, he would rightly be informed that he had no understanding of the class of folks to whom Wright ministers. Obama is not the “norm” (mode medium mean) in Trinity. The church has (I am told) addicts, homeless folk and people who live in neighborhoods where Robinson probably doesn’t socialize.

When Nazi-youth member Benedict criticized the USA for building a wall along the southern border, several newscasters nailed him for “delving into politics” Benedict responded that the critics were only concerned with the USA while he had a larger concern… It pretty much killed the discussion.  Popes get a pass, black preachers don’t…even from wealthy blacks.  Lets face it folks, Robinson has as much to lose from a change in our system as any white YUPPIE, and change is what wright is advocating.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2008 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

Eugene doesn’t seem to realize he embodies the same quality he denigrates in Reverend Wright. He is egocentric, believing that his viewpoint is ‘THE’ truth.
While I think that the reverend, as all ‘men of ‘god’‘, is at best deluded, basing his life on fables and fiction; or at worst a charlatan, conning people into a fantasy as a living, I have learned some things of value listening to his diatribes on race relations in this nation. In most of his political and humane observations, Wright is right, in my viewpoint.
I have certainly learned much more from him, than from Eugene’s carping, which is useless and valueless, a waste of time.

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By Maezeppa, April 29, 2008 at 6:25 am Link to this comment
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I heard Wright’s National Press Club address this last weekend and wow - the guy has a great sense of humor, I liked his message very much, and wished Obama had his b*lls.  Maybe we’re running the wrong man!

I’m a Hillary supporter but boy did my admiration for Obama go up because of his affiliation with Jeremiah Wright.

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By Law abider, April 29, 2008 at 5:56 am Link to this comment
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The only thing I disagree with about what he said was “goddamn america” he should have said “god help America” that would be more proper if one believes in god…everything else he said is the truth..blowback is correct, and ignorant rightists better take note the truth is out..leaders of this country have abused their power and our military for decades, and now is time for the military to come home from everywhere and protect this country from the domestic terrorists from within.. take care of the vets and arrest the criminally negligent VA doctors who have been derelicts of duty..

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By Max Shields, April 29, 2008 at 5:19 am Link to this comment

Eugene loves the idea of President Obama more than truth itself. But truth what is truth?

He’s boring and thoughtless. By that I mean he doesn’t think beyond what does this mean to his candidate.

Wright has not said one thing that cannot be fully substantiated. It is only in the minds of pol columnist Obamania fans that Wright becomes somehow wrong.

It’s tragic (but not surprising) to see a country whereby Rev. Wright has become some kind of “bad word”. The corporate media has struck again, and again, and again.

Who played those snipets over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…
Mr. Robinson? The network that pays you to come on and lust over the thought of Obama as President. That’s who.

Now you can take your hand away from your eyes and ears. It’s safe to come out and play.

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By Jaded Prole, April 29, 2008 at 5:03 am Link to this comment

Wright is right and it is folks like you who, in their veiled racism, don’t get it. Also telling, you state “No former Marine would stomach having his love of country questioned by armchair patriots who have done far less to protect the United States from its enemies.” In reality very few marines (and most of them now octogenarians)have done a damn thing to “protect the United States from its enemies.” Instead Marines of the last 5 decades have been paid goons unleashing terror on people throughout the world. The behavior that once shocked a nation in the film “In Cold Blood” has become normal behavior of our armed forces since Vietnam and certainly in Iraq where none of the these countries or their citizens were threats to the US. The writer of this article would do well to listen to what the Rev. Wright has to say.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 29, 2008 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

You know what, Eugene.  Even you don’t get it.  Shame on you.  Apparently you’ve allowed youself to be completely assimilated into the America the rest of the world is coming to hate. 

It gives me great joy, real joy, not only to listen to Wright, but to hear that so many thinking Americans believe he speaks the truth.

If only our politicians were as honest.

May I add, thanks to you commenters who blasted Robinson.  He deserves it on this one.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 29, 2008 at 4:07 am Link to this comment

Eugene Robinson: No former Marine would stomach having his love of country questioned by armchair patriots who have done far less to protect the United States from its enemies…

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has actually done far MORE for his country as a preacher than he ever could have as a fuckwit Marine (sorry guys, its pathetically true!) and delivering sermons based on REALITY is far more important than pandering to the white establishment or their fanciful notions of glory and upholding that in other peoples’ countries at the point of a bayonet.

Barack Obama has his own crosses to bear and one is his cowardly and dishonest repudiation of his own chosen spiritual leader when the slightest issue of unpopularity amongst white voters arose. That and his lame acceptance of the judgement in the Bell wedding day slaying won’t sit well with his own ethnic group but it is the nature of legalists to uphold the system that supports them even if it means betrayal of all that they are - or could be.

Right at the beginning, I supported Wright’s 9/11 and similar statements as issues of TRUTH but what I found that I couldn’t accept further on was his blatant sexism and racism over unnecessarily slagging Hillary Clinton for being “rich” (supposedly) and especially being “white”. He was thus as dishonest as the media who now criticizes him as regards his covert sexist agenda in that respect too.

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By ApprxAm, April 29, 2008 at 1:33 am Link to this comment

I don’t usually find myself in agreement with Mr. Robinson, but I have to agree with him on this one.  When in trouble, some people must bring on the collective victim hood scenario, as Mr. Wright has done.  Funny, I don’t feel attacked by the response Americans have towards the reverend, none-what-so-ever. 

The “Black Guard” has grown to include more than the usual suspects of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Bob Johnson, Shelby Steele, Ofari Hutchinson, Rev Wright, Tavis “go tell it to my microphone” Smiley, et al, whether left, right or center, it doesn’t seem to matter much, the Black Elite attack machine is on full tilt.  The sight of prominent blacks of all stripes, political and ideological, coming out of the wood works to try and gum up the works regarding Obama is primarily because he’s gotten this far without any of these people is sickening.

Its been said that nothing frightens white people more than the angry black man.  I say black leadership fear, almost as much as the Klan, the opened-eye black man going about it without the aegis of so-called black leaders or elite.  So even though the majority of the white working class or older white woman or the Clintonista race baiters see Obama as that black guy I just can’t get behind, the view of internal, black civil revolt is unseen them, connoting the non-monolithic black community.
We my share the consequences of pathology, but not its inferred value. It is this kenard the good Reverend has used as a shield.

The Kwame Kilpatricks, John Streets, Sharptons and Jacksons are becoming a thing of the past.  And hopefully, the Rev. Wrights and other faux preachers and NAACPers will be left in the dust of the memories of the tired and poor people, sick and tired of being sick and tired. Inefficient leadership, incompetent governance and institutional centered programs of failure, and death, must end.  Mr. Obama, I feel, is the fulcrum of the new black movement of “MOVING ON”, whether he wins or not.  Which of these I couldn’t care less.  In fact, his becoming president probably wouldn’t be too helpful because there isn’t room for the system of national government to be too helpful in the first place.

Back to moving on, and this we need because most of us understand that we’re getting about all the constructive help from white people we’re ever going to get.  Thank you America, we’ll have to take it from here.  No more bussing and forced integration, but taking control of our schools. Forgetting false affirmative action programs that barely touched the lives of most average, lower and middle class Afro-Americans (even though we carry its stigma).  It is time for constructive and civil revolt in the black community and the new beginning for substituting local, service-based leadership for that of the “National“ paradigm.  Mr. Obama can, without his own participation, be the model of the Black-American individual so needed in black communities.  The individual who charts her/his own course and moved by her/his own heart should be the example we follow, just like every other group in this country.

Collective suffering is becoming tiresome and I, for one, don’t indulge and will not allow my children, especially my son to ignore their individual selves. The shooting of Mr. Bell effects us because of what it signals to us. Black boys dropping out at alarming rates in schools effects us because of what it signals to us.  Reverend Wright’s months long assault by the right just doesn’t move me, because his statements were his, not mine.

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By cyrena, April 29, 2008 at 12:46 am Link to this comment

•  “Where he overreaches is in claiming, as he did at the Press Club, that the criticism he has suffered “is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright; it is an attack on the black church”—and in claiming that this episode “just might mean that the reality of the African-American church will no longer be invisible.”

I’ve missed all of the ‘press tour’ that Eugene claims that Jeremiah Wright has been on, though I know that he did finally respond to the most egregious of the unwarranted criticism that he’s received.

And, it would appear that Eugene understands that this would have required a response, even after claiming that he thought Right was going to just ‘turn the other cheek.’ (Eugene obviously doesn’t get that we only have so many cheeks, and the reality of the deal is that as long as one sits back and allows the lynch mob to lynch them, it’s pretty much all over).

Be that as it may, I’ll say that in the quote above, Eugene is completely wrong, and Jeremiah Wright is partially wrong. The reality is that it was not intended as an attack on Jeremiah Wright any more than it was an attack on the black church, though that certainly came from it.  (Eugene has obviously missed all of the hate mongering right here on this site)

It was intended as an attack on Barack Obama, and to an extent it accomplished that. The perpetrators just never expected that Obama would in fact turn it to his advantage. That it also destroyed a long term career of an excellent pastor, and punished an entire congregation with negative attention was never a concern for those who initiated the campaign. It was done specifically to demonize Barack Obama, and it failed to accomplish that.

So Eugene is way out of line on this one.. It’s hardly Rev. Wright who has thrown Obama under the bus. And if Eugene is sick of him, maybe he should address those who used Wright for their own mean-spirited Karl Rovian political tactics. BECAUSE, if it weren’t for them, most of us would never have even HEARD of Jeremiah Wright OR Trinity Church in Chicago. Matter-of-fact, I LIVED in Chicago for 2 years, and never heard of this church.

Obviously Billary knew him, since he’d been to the White House on a few occasions during the Clinton reign, at least once at their request for spiritual consultation in reference to their marital troubles. (I wonder if Wright was successful in keeping Bill and Hill from fighting over women)

So yeah, the CLINTONS knew of Jeremiah Wright. BUT, he didn’t exactly have Martin Luther King, Jr. name recognition, and none of the racists that jumped on this so rapidly would have ever heard of him, had ‘SOMEBODIES’ not chosen to ‘CREATE’ a controversy.

So I’m sick of people consistently blaming the victim to achieve their political scorching. Is that what’s come from these nearly 8 years of living under the tyranny of the totalitarian overthrow? Has this all become so normalized that we no longer even consider blaming the perpetrators, and just automatically blame the victims?

It’s true that many churches (and not just black ones) concern themselves EXCLUSIVELY with salvation, as Eugene has mentioned. I would add PERSONAL salvation. I would also suggest that this whole exclusive focus on ‘salvation’ in another life has become a plague that has its own part in the fascist takeover. Ideology can be a good thing, and it can also create disaster. Most of the religious ideology that has formed in this country (like the ‘salvation’ focus) is one of disaster.

If I were ever inclined to revert to any sort of religiosity, it would be the type that Wright’s ministry has provided for all of these years. It’s about the community, and what the ministry does in service of the community. Too bad all have missed that, in the focus on destroying Obama though his religious affiliation.

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By SpinCycle, April 29, 2008 at 12:27 am Link to this comment

I listened to the whole National Press Club event and frankly Wright’s initial comments were mostly well thought out and in some ways inspirationsl.  Then he had to go and take questions and in doing so got more than a little cocky and more than a little bit of a loose cannon.

Wright’s comments could give Obama a bit of an opening to try to reframe his relationship wtih Wright.  It is pretty clear that Wright does not control Obama any more than Obama controls Wright.  He could play on Wright talking about Obama ‘saying things that a politician has to say’ by saying “Sometimes Rev. Wright says things that he thinks a preacher has to say…”

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By illustrator, April 29, 2008 at 12:03 am Link to this comment

I thought hearing the good rev would be a litany of backpedaling, but instead, he comes out swinging, and making clear, solid statements. I listened to his entire address to the National Press and found myself wishing that Wright was running for office! What is it about our national campaigns that forces candidates to become weak mumblers? Obama should step up, agree with Wright, and use it as a moment to not only distinguish himself as a truly new type of pol, but also to actually teach America something it seems not to know: when you kill, overthrow, maim, destroy, enslave, rape and pillage, as our govt. has done for 200+ years, you going to get blowback and guess what? It IS our fault. Even a child can understand that.

Right on Rev- keep going at em, and ‘Bama? Grow some cojones!! They’re gonna paint you with this regardless- you may as well do the right thing and say what you know is true. I say it with love….

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By illustrator, April 29, 2008 at 12:01 am Link to this comment
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I thought hearing the good rev would be a litany of backpedaling, but instead, he comes out swinging, and making clear, solid statements. I listened to his entire address to the National Press and found myself wishing that Wright was running for office! What is it about our national campaigns that forces candidates to become weak mumblers? Obama should step up, agree with Wright, and use it as a moment to not only distinguish himself as a truly new type of pol, but also to actually teach America something it seems not to know: when you kill, overthrow, maim, destroy, enslave, rape and pillage, as our govt. has done for 200+ years, you going to get blowback and guess what? It IS our fault. Even a child can understand that.

Right on Rev- keep going at em, and ‘Bama? Grow some cojones!! They’re gonna paint you with this regardless, man- you may as well do the right thing and say what you know is true. I say it with love….

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By great_satan, April 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm Link to this comment

History, will tell. In terms of American mas-media, that means about a week.
  It could go lots of ways right now, and the media is thoroughly confused by the whole thing, which angle to take.
  He is proved kind of a fun guy, so maybe the previous comments won’t be taken so seriously. They say he is further embarrassing Obama,then that he’s so cool, why is Obama distancing himself.
  It may just be a collective tactic.
  The issue would not die, the little sound bites donot stop rolling, so give them more, much more, and soon the media has no more solid angle.
  It all difuses. Before it was simple, Obama is disciple of crazy America Hating man. The “well-spoken” light skinned, Tiger Woods image is shattered.
  Then comes the elite thing. Obama cannot really refute it with example, because it takes himback to Chicago, drinkin’ and smokin’, blackactivism, and the white working class voter is all themore alienated. The elitist thing, the Wright thing, its all a subtle race game, aggravated by Billary’s campaign. How often does Billary use the gender thing? Always. But the demographics allow that. 
  It might be just what the doctor ordered. I think American media is now quite endeared to the Rev.
    “God Damn America” and “Chickens coming home to roost,” are now just a few of the antics, did you see the whole black comedy “white folks are like this; black folks are like this.” followed by the crazy dance at the NAACP gig? His previous statements just blend in now,and we all can justsay, that Reverend Wright, “He sooo crazy.”
  And all the while, Barack just plays it chill.
  We thought he was in a corner,...doomed, but these two (yes, Barack and the Rev, they are very tight,) are outsmarting them.

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