Rev. Wright - Sen. Obama's Nightmare
by LadyEagle, Sun Mar 16, 2008 at 10:16:45 PM EDT
Ever since the the Rev. Jeremiah Wright issue broke a few days ago I have been conflicted. One the one hand there are certain courtesies that are extended to members of the clergy, on the other hand this has to be weighed against public responsibility. Knowing this has made me reluctant to express publicly how I feel about the situation. However, it is impossible for me to remain silent anymore.
I have had the distinct privilege of speaking in a number of pulpits in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Most of these churches have been predominantly black. Many of them preach a social gospel that captures the essence of the black experience. There are many cultural issues that are addressed that would seem out of place in a Caucasian congregation.
Most black churches are more than religious entities; they encompass all aspects of the back experience. There are occasions where ministers will use sermons to address injustices that are common to their black congregants. Rev. Wright, however, and crossed the line. Not only were the remarks he made extremely inappropriate and un-American; they were also hateful, inflammatory and racist.
From watching the excerpts from the videos it also seemed that he may have come very close to violating his 501(c)(3)tax exempt status with the IRS, which forbids a church from endorsing or advocating for a candidate from the pulpit.
Rev. Wright not only disrespected Hillary Clinton, he also insulted and disrespected the African Americans who support her. He referred to them as "Negroes" who did not understand that the Clintons were not their friends. He implied that a white person could not be an effective advocate for black people. He went even further by disparaging Mrs. Clinton for being white when he said she was never called the N word. Being called the N word neither qualifies nor disqualifies one to be POTUS. It is embarrassing to repeat the analogy he used to indicate what Hillary and Bill did to AA. These are the same folks who were so loved by the AA community a few months ago, and incidentally are still loved and respected by most of the AA community.
Rev. Wright not only crossed the line as a preacher, but as an erudite scholar. He misused his position as a pastor to ferment racism and divisiveness. This is contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
Sen. Obama had to know that Rev. Wright was more radical and over the top than most preachers. Most of Chicago knew it. As is commonly known, he uninvited Rev. Wright from saying the invocation when he decided to run for President. According to Rev. Wright's account, he told Sen. Obama that their association could be problematic and he may have to distance himself, and the Senator said maybe. Nevertheless, he appointed him to a position in his campaign. This action goes to the heart of what Sen. Obama is offering as his claim to the office of POTUS, judgement.
His lack of judgement encompasses the fact that he stayed with this pastor for twenty years, he then was not politically savvy enough to recognized the pitfalls that awaited him once this association was disclosed. His distancing himself at this point smacks of political expediency, in other words, politics as usual. The same charge he is projecting on to his opponent.
The other troubling sign with the Rev. Wright association are the statements Mrs. Obama has made on the trail. Statements that said that she is proud of America for the first time in her life; that America has no soul; that the country is mean and hard. This coming from someone who has been blessed with an Ivy League education and a great job. I was puzzled by the dissonance, but these statements now seem to make sense in the context of who her pastor is and has been for years.
Sen. Obama would like us to believe that these are just words, but he has convinced the electorate that words do matter. I do not think that this is going to go "gently into the good night". Even if he wins the primaries, this could very well be his Willie Horton. The difference is that he did it to himself without help from anyone.