Continual focus on Obama’s minister, while downplaying other ministers
By: GotDemocracy.net Admin on: Sat 15 of March, 2008 12:10 EDT (5741+ Reads)
however, what I don’t like is how mainstream media NEVER identifies the background of an elected official heavily connected to Jim Crow laws/Ku Klux Klan, even when you give the media indisputable truth.
Obama’s minister was also wrong to slam Hillary, or accuse her of having an “easy” time. her husband is the ONLY U.S. President to apologize for slavery, and was mocked by Jim Crow Benefactors for doing so. so Wright, of all people, should have remembered this apology and WHO it came from!
I would give the media a pass for the following article if the media consistently exposed Jim Crow and Ku Klux Klan ties of current Senators, Governors, Mayors, Judges and other public officials. Instead those persons are “excused” and tolerated, and even lauded, like Ross R. Barnett Sr., Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Trent Lott.
State monuments and facilities are even named after slavemasters, strong segregationists and Ku Klux Klansmen, with maintenance paid for by the state (taxpayer dollars), such as a state park named to honor proud segregationist and Klansman Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett Sr., who fueled the hatred that led to the deaths of Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner, Emmett Till, Vernon Dahmer, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and hundreds of other blacks and whites civil rights workers in Mississippi and surrounding states. Protesting Jim Crow and demanding equal taxpaying rights for African-Americans were NOT tolerable to Ross Barnett Sr. So Mississippi has honored him thoroughly with parks and monuments named after him.
Would we erect monuments to honor Hitler so that jews can be reminded daily of the Holocaust like blacks are reminded daily of Jim Crow and slavery with landmarks and legacy leaders all around them? Yet, blacks are consistently being told slavery and Jim Crow are “in the past” or “get over it”, while bold reminders are present daily, and paid for with tax dollars. Even our currency has the faces and names of many slavemasters and separatists who were elected officials in a position to make a difference but chose not to and are praised for doing so.
Then there’s the ironic outrage when someone doesn’t react to the past the way mainstream media would like them to. As if the expected response should always be “Thank you for slavery and Jim Crow. May I have more suppression?” Mainstream media, which needs advertising money from mainstream advertisers, played their mainstream audience lemmings like faithful chumps who will fall for anything without being smart enough to think, “there has to be more to this” before I cast judgment the other way, instead of looking at the media’s behavior first.
The same reason I don’t give Al Sharpton a pass is the same reason I can’t give mainstream media a pass on their purposely fed story: you can’t have it both ways. There needs to be acknowledgement and responsibility before knocking on your neighbor’s door to complain. To get to his Action Network in Harlem, Al Sharpton walks right past and ignores black on black crime, “don’t snitch” policies and gentrification in Harlem (which is outright insulting because of Harlem’s rich history of ground breaking African-Americans), then turns around and scrutinizes and complains about the NYPD for after the fact problems. Mainstream media whose target audience is NOT black repeatedly ignores past racial wrongs and fuels division with biased and divisive reporting to satisfy those at the top and their advertisers, then has the audacity to play a snippet of a speech in order to portray someone as an America hater and racist, while mainstream media contributes to racism daily!
Ironically, when Rev. Wright was a child during Jim Crow, the “moral” majority didn’t allow blacks to display pride in their country. American flags were ripped from their hands with words such as “this is not your country” along with violence including murder. Now, the reaction from the same moral majority led by mainstream media like attack dogs is one of shock that Rev. Wright would be angry about HIS country’s behavior.
Unfortunately, mainstream media thinks everyone who doesn’t look like them or their advertising target audience (which is NOT black) is the “neighbor” who must comply with “deep down inside” rules.
What about ignorant ministers like Pat Robertson, whose endorsement leads other people to immediately follow his decision for the next republican candidate? Here’s a minister who clearly doesn’t understand the bible and its origin, especially Deut. 28, Genesis 10:2 (begats), or the difference between Hebrew and Judaism and the origin of Christ and why Christ could not have possibly been the king of the jews (Ashkenaz – Genesis 10:2). Yet, he spews from a pulpit all this divisive hate on a regular basis and has large followers who contribute to his wealth. Some of the wealthiest persons in America are his followers, which says a lot about our society now.
In fact, mainstream media can’t wait to hear WHO Pat Robertson will endorse, as if his opinion matters as much as Rush Limbaugh’s does!
The controversial history of televangelists who have picked presidents:
- Pat Robertson
- Jerry Falwell
- Jimmy Swaggert
- John Hagee
updated 12:13 a.m. EDT, Sat March 15, 2008
Controversial minister off Obama’s campaign
* Barack Obama’s former pastor has said 9/11 attacks were brought on by America
* Obama distances himself from comments, calls them “appalling”
* Minister also has said Hillary Clinton has easier time because she is white <<
* Obama camp says minister no longer part of campaign
From Alex Mooney
Editor’s Note: The following report contains objectionable language.
cute, how the reader is objectively advised that the language is not appropriate, while allowing other inappropriate things daily in the media. but dramatizing it more creates and sells fear better.
(CNN) — A Chicago minister who delivered a fiery sermon about Sen. Hillary Clinton having an advantage over Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential race because she is white is no longer a part of the Obama campaign.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is no longer serving on the African-American Religious Leadership Committee, campaign sources told CNN.
In another sermon, Wright had said America had brought the September 11 attacks upon itself.
who doesn’t believe this given the historical foreign policy failures of Cheney-Dick??? please let me know. the 1st WTC attack was planned on Cheney-Dick’s watch. Mr. draft-dodger Cheney-Dick resigned exactly one more before the 1st WTC, as in got out of dodge after all his double-dealing and hen-pecking of Department of Defense. I watched the second WTC/9/11 attacks personally from Chelsea in Manhattan. and what I saw was pure hatred stemming obviously from an “it takes two to tangle” situation (Cheney-Dick). what…did people think 9/11 was the result of a random act or a bad card game between the U.S. and the middle east? and when will the public become privy to what actually happened on 9/10 which could have prevented 9/11???
Obama denounced some of Wright’s sermons on Friday, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “These are a series of incendiary statements that I can’t object to strongly enough.”
Earlier Friday, before the announcement of Wright’s departure from the Obama camp, the Illinois senator denounced some of the ministers’s sermons, calling them “inflammatory and appalling.”
“I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies,” Obama wrote on the liberal Web site Huffingtonpost.com about recently surfaced sermons from Wright — his longtime pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ.
“I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit,” Obama continued. “In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.”
Obama, during the CNN interview, said, “I just don’t think it’s necessary to talk about Senator Clinton or anybody in those terms.”
And, even though he has been a member of Trinity United for the past 20 years, Obama said he had never witnessed Wright making such statements.
“Had I heard those statements in the church, I would have told Reverend Wright that I profoundly disagree with them,” Obama said, adding, “What I have been hearing and had been hearing in church was talk about Jesus and talk about faith and values and serving the poor.”
The sermons in question became the subject of scrutiny earlier this week after being highlighted in an ABC News report.
At one December service, Wright argued Clinton’s road to the White House is considerably easier than Obama’s because of his skin color.
“Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single parent home. Barack was,” Wright says in a video of the sermon posted on YouTube. “Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary! Hillary ain’t never been called a ‘nigger!’ Hillary has never had her people defined as a non-person.”
Wright, who retired from his post earlier this year, also says in the video, “Who cares about what a poor black man has to face every day in a country and in a culture controlled by rich white people?”
Still, Obama defended his 20-year relationship with Wright, saying that the pastor has served him in a spiritual role — not a political one.
A sermon from Wright shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorism attacks is also under scrutiny. In it he said America had brought on the attacks with its own practice of terrorism.
“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,” he said. “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant. Because the stuff we have done overseas has now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
umm…hello, the U.S. and U.K. did DO those things, and it DOES take two to tangle. Only folks I know who hate those who haven’t harmed them were slavemasters and Jim Crow segregationists, and Apartheid supporters.
In his statement Friday, Obama said he had not personally heard the controversial sermons.
“When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments,” Obama wrote. “But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.”
And in a 2003 sermon, Wright said of America’s treatment of African-Americans: “The government gives them the drugs, 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.
Obama and Wright have been close for years. Obama has been a member of Wright’s church since his days in law school, and Obama’s best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope,” takes its title from one of Wright’s sermons.
But Obama also has long maintained he is at odds with some of Wright’s sermons, and has likened him to an “old uncle” who sometimes will say things Obama doesn’t agree with. He has also specifically denounced Wright’s 9/11 comments.
Congregation Defends Obama’s Ex-Pastor
Criticism Seen as Attempt to Silence Voice of Black Church
Supporters say that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood. (Brian Jackson – AP)
By Eli Saslow
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 18, 2008; Page A01
CHICAGO — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spent 36 years teaching this congregation how to recognize injustice, and his parishioners sense it all around them now. On Sunday, more than 3,000 of them filled Trinity United Church of Christ on the city’s South Side to pray for their former pastor. They read a handout that described Wright’s newfound infamy as a “modern-day lynching.” They scrawled his name in tribute on the inside of their service programs and applauded as Wright’s protege, the Rev. Otis Moss III, stepped to the pulpit.
“No matter what they want,” Moss said, “we will not shut up.”
A simmering controversy over Wright’s provocative rhetoric and his connection to Sen. Barack Obama ignited last week after some of his old sermons were aired, prompting the Democratic presidential candidate to condemn them and severing Wright’s connection to the campaign. But inside this mega-church that Wright built up from financial ruin, his most loyal listeners offered a different interpretation: It is Wright, and black theology in its entirety, that is misunderstood.
To his supporters, the message Wright wove through more than 4,000 sermons is now disseminated in a handful of grainy, two-minute video clips that tell only part of his story. Yes, they acknowledge, he was sometimes overcome at the pulpit by a righteous rage about racism and social injustice. But he was a radical who also inspired women to preach, gays to marry and predominantly white youth groups to visit his services. Until he retired last month, Wright, 66, implored all comers at Trinity to “get happy” — to shout, to sing, to dance in the aisles while he preached the gospel.
“The world is only seeing this tiny piece of him,” Moss said. “Right now, we are all being vilified. This isn’t just about Trinity, isn’t just about [[Wright]. This is an attack on the African American church tradition, and that’s the way we see it. This is an attempt to silence our voice.”
More than a year ago, Wright warned Obama and Moss that a presidential campaign made criticism of Trinity inevitable, but none of them anticipated fallout like this. Web sites and television news shows recalled Wright’s praise of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and played a greatest-hits compilation of Wright’s most incendiary comments: that Sept. 11, 2001, meant “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” That former president Bill Clinton “did the same thing to us that he did to Monica Lewinsky.” That “racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run.”
now this also isn’t true. under Dutch rule in the 1600s, blacks and whites lived side by side, even intermarrying, and were equally protected under the law. “slave for life” was the new policy under British rule after defeating the Dutch, and the separate but never equal treatment still exists in many areas today.
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Flooded with a tide of criticism, Trinity declines to condemn Wright’s remarks, instead casting them as consistent with the traditions of the black church. He practices a “black liberation theology” that encourages a preacher to speak forcefully against the institutions of oppression, and occasional hyperbole is an occupational hazard, ministers said. “There’s so much passion in what we do that it can overflow,” said the Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III, senior pastor at ))Friendship-West Baptist Church(( in Dallas.
Wright left for Africa with his family last week and declined to comment. In his absence, Obama distanced himself from the man he once called his “spiritual mentor,” who married him and his wife, baptized their two daughters and blessed their Chicago house. Obama said he had never been in attendance for Wright’s most controversial statements, and he called his comments “inflammatory and appalling.”
On Monday, Obama reiterated his criticism of Wright and scheduled a major speech about race. He said that on Tuesday in Philadelphia he will explore his relationship with his former pastor and the uproar it has stirred. “The statements that were the source of controversy from Reverend Wright were wrong, and I strongly condemn them,” the senator from Illinois said Monday at a town hall meeting in Monaca, Pa. But he added: “I think the caricature that is being painted of him is not accurate. And so part of what I’ll do tomorrow is to talk a little bit about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church community, for example, which I think views this very differently.”
Obama indicated over the weekend that he plans to remain a member at Trinity largely because Wright is no longer the pastor. It is an ironic twist, given that Obama says that he may never have embraced Christianity had he not been entranced by Wright’s impassioned advocacy of social justice while working as a community organizer in the late 1980s. Obama had shied from religion until he heard Wright interweave the Bible with the black experience, and Obama’s discovery of Trinity made him feel at home in South Chicago. He titled his autobiography “The Audacity of Hope” after one of Wright’s sermons.
“The senator is not naive, and what he’s doing is very hard,” said Shaun Casey, a religious adviser to Obama’s campaign. “He’s trying to remain loyal to his pastor but also differentiate himself politically.”
But politics and faith have melded together at Trinity since Wright moved here in 1972 to lead a dying congregation of about 80 members. The son of a preacher in Philadelphia, Wright aspired to interpret Jesus through the lens of Chicago’s poorest neighborhood — through slavery, poverty and the civil rights movement. He studied books written by James H. Cone, who created a movement called black liberation theology, and consulted Cone for advice.
“The Christian faith has been interpreted largely by those who enslaved black people, and by the people who segregated them,” said Cone, a professor at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. “Black liberation theology is an attempt to understand religion without apologizing for being black. [[Wright] is really the one who took it from my books and brought it to the church.”
Wright was a particularly qualified pioneer, with a master’s degree from Howard University and six years of doctoral work at the University of Chicago. His secret at Trinity, though, was an ability to “make it plain,” parishioners said. He translated the Bible into lessons about apartheid in South Africa, the misguided pursuit of “middle-classness” and subprime mortgage lending. He encouraged parishioners to identify with their African heritage, and he led a trip to the continent each year.
Wright preferred to study the Bible and write his three weekly sermons alone in the church office, but he became an extrovert on Sundays. A talented musician, he built a band, a choir and a dance group at Trinity, and he sometimes moonlighted in all three. He moved like a dancer in slow motion behind the pulpit, twisting his hips and pumping a fist to emphasize each phrase. His gravelly baritone could instill tranquility or terror, depending on the sermon.
Wright attracted a congregation that colleagues herald as the most diverse of any black church in the United States. Obama, Oprah Winfrey, gangsters, bankers, destitute women in ratty sweatshirts — all cram into Trinity’s pews, and Wright demanded that they all hold hands. When other black churches moved out of Chicago in the 1990s and relocated in the suburbs, Wright insisted that Trinity build a new church right next to its old one, half a block from the train tracks.
Most Sundays, he spoke to older folks at a 7:30 a.m. service, and to the casual bluejeans crowd at 6 p.m. But Wright tended to save his most impassioned sermons for a lively three-hour midday service, when his 40-minute address was cushioned by enough music and dancing to keep the crowd on its feet. Depending on the listener, some of his most memorable sermons were either diatribes about white supremacy, or inspirational addresses that called for the empowerment of the disenfranchised.
Usually, Wright’s sermons drew an overflow crowd for all three Sunday services, so parishioners learned to arrive an hour early to ensure a seat. Latecomers sat on folding chairs in two rooms in the bowels of the church, where they could watch a television broadcast of the service. Hundreds more watched Wright preach via streaming Internet broadcasts or the DVDs sold at the church gift shop that now have armed his critics.
“Things that might mean one thing in the church take on a new meaning when you don’t see the full sermon, or understand the full context,” said Dwight Howard, a theologian and a longtime Trinity member.
Said Cone: “There are moments for [[Wright] when the anger, when the rage about what’s happened to poor black people in the ghetto is so tough, so deeply painful, that he says things most whites would find off the charts and unpatriotic. But you don’t preach in sound bites.”
Wright’s portrayal has been typical of the misunderstanding of the black church, his peers said. The fact that Wright worked to empower one people, Atlanta theologian Jacquelyn Grant said, hardly qualifies him as racist.
If he were racist, Wright’s friends ask, why would he arrange bus trips for predominantly white congregations to visit Trinity each Sunday? If he were racist, why would he have steadfastly maintained Trinity’s relationship with the United Church of Christ, a denomination with only a handful of black churches?
“He’s been a wonderful friend to white pastors, and he’s gifted the organization financially,” said UCC President John H. Thomas. “That charge is false.”
Earlier this month, before he stepped behind the Trinity pulpit for the first time, Moss tried to sort through the tension that now surrounds Wright. He sought advice from his father, the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., a former preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and a friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The father reminded his son that some civil rights leaders were initially perceived as heroes in the black church and rogues in white America. The same gulf, Moss III concluded, still divides society now.
It is an insight that could forecast more tension for Obama, who had hoped to distance himself from Wright while reaffirming his bond with the black church that still reveres him.
“There are two narratives that have been created with what’s going on right now,” Moss said. “There’s the narrative of the African American church community that understands what has happened, that knows [[Wright’s] record and his legacy. And then there’s the narrative of the wider community that doesn’t understand.
“Part of this is indicative of the fact that our two communities still see the world very differently. There’s a divide there, a gap that history will have to correct.”