Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jeremiah Wright Was Born a Poor Black Child

The Jeremiah Wright that Barack Obama spoke about in his Race Speech is a figment, a phantasmagoria, a clever ruse that doesn't hold up under light and truth.

As background, Obama spoke of "Legalized discrimination - where blacks were prevented, often through violence, from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American business owners, or black homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments" which "helps explain the wealth and income gap between black and white..."

"A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families - a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened...

This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.

...for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright's generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table...

And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews."

One would think from the Obama race speech that Jeremiah Wright was born into the very poorest of circumstances, lived a horrid life of abject poverty and want, and lived in something akin to plantation slave quarters.

Wright's story, however, is something quite different. Jeremiah Wright was born in a 1941 Philadelphia mixed race neighborhood. Germantown boasted of broad tree-lined streets and middle class families. His father, one the first blacks with a degree from the Philadelphia Lutheran Theological Seminary, was the pastor at Grace Baptist Church. His school teacher mother was the first black teacher of academics at Roosevelt Junior High, Germantown High, and Philadelphia High School for Girls where, in 1968, she became vice-principal.

Jerry Wright did not attend any of those schools, though. He bussed himself several miles to the elite Central High which admitted only the most qualified and privileged. Wright matriculated in 1959. During his years of attendance, Central High was 90% white and 75% of those were Jewish. Former students, like Bill Cosby, say that racial tensions were not part of school life.

Jerry declined his student deferment and signed on with the US Marine Corps, and served in the 2nd Marine Division in 1963. After 2 years, he transferred to the US Navy to become a Corpsman. He graduated Corpsman School as salutatorian and was awarded a spot on the LBJ presidential medical team where he received three commendations.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright has retired from the Trinity United Church of Christ. He will live out the sunset of his years in a million-dollar home given to him by the Church as a gift. The home is adjacent to Odyssey Country Club and Golf Course in Tinley Park, an almost all white Chicago suburb. Wright purchased the land for $345,000 in 2004, then sold the land to the Church that immediately mortgaged the property for $1.6 million. The 10,340 square feet brick home, about 4 times the size of the average suburban house, has four bedrooms, a four car garage, an elevator, and an exercise room.

Not bad for a man who started life as a poor black child who grew rich selling religion and hate. I'm just glad he wasn't selling drugs and guns; he could have done some real damage.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Mohamed said...

Wright is an Uncle Tom Clinton lover and does what many blacks know how to do, bring down their own kind. He loves the Clintons since they fit the image blacks see themselves as. Collar greens, corn bread and fried chicken and everytime they see another brother rise they have to bring him down. Blacks need racism to justify their economic and social failures, failures they bring to themselves. Like 2pac Shakur said, its my own kind doing all the killing here.

It also is the hatred and envy that dominates black life that Wright represents. Blacks leaders always hated Obama because he rose in this nation while they lag behind preying on themselves.

The hell with that Uncle Tom acting like he is some militant. He ain’t nothing but a player hater.

Everywhere in this world their is oppression but many blacks can’t go on because they can’t fight the demons in them. The demon that make them rob each other, hate each other and abandon their own kids. The demons that makes them envy those among them who shine.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Off Topic:

I'll be back to read this but I am stealing your Freadheads for McCain Banner :-)

Marie's Two Cents said...


Pretty insightful read about Rev Wright there.

Not only does he have the 1.6 million dollar home, but he has access (Through the Church) to $10 million dollars!

Not bad, not bad at all pfft.

Indigo Red said...

PLUS $10MIL!? And I thought I could get rich working as a clerk in a small manufacturing company. Boy, was I wrong.

You are always welcome to my Fredheads for McCain banner, Marie.

Mohamed, I agree. I wouldn't have phrased it quite so bluntly, but still, I agree.

Gayle said...

I agree too!

Yep... a cool 10 million, Indigo. This man is laughing all the way to the bank! He's a hypocrite of the first order.

Indigo Red said...

Well, I always say if you're going to be a hypocrite, be a first order hypocrite.

Actually, I've never said it, but I might have thought it once or twice.