Thursday, April 24, 2008

Whitey Warped Wright's Words

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is claiming his words have been twisted for nefarious purposes. The former pastor of Barack Obama, defended himself to PBS's Bill Moyers last night.

The Rev said, "I felt it was unfair...I felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, were doing it for some very devious reasons...I think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ. And by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint? That’s what they wanted to communicate."

I want to be fair to the Rev, so - 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.

Ok, he's got bone fides. So we should let him slide when he says really stupid stuff like what's in this verbatim transcript:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, 4/13/03:

The British government failed, the Russian government failed, the Japanese government failed, the German government failed, and the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese decent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. The government put them in chains. She put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton fields, put them in inferior schools, put them in sub-standard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education, and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. 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.

Not God bless America, God damn America. That's in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating her citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent. Think about this, think about this.

For every one Oprah, a billionaire, you've got 5 million blacks who out of work. For every one Colin Powell, a millionaire, you've got 10 million blacks who cannot read. For every one Condoskeeza Rice, you've got 1 million in prison. For every one Tiger Woods, who needs to get beat, at the Masters, with his cap, blazin' hips playing on a course that discriminates against women. God has his way of bringing you up short when you get to big for your cap, blazin britches. For every one Tiger Woods, we got 10,000 black kids who will never see a golf course. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.

From "Confusing God and Government"
ABC, The Blotter
Condoskeeza Rice?

Remember, his words were twisted for nefarious purposes, so don't trust the verbatim transcript.

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mdenis39 said...

Thank you for the full text of the speech. While I have heard many people defend Rev Wright's words because they are taken "out of context", this is the first time I have actually seen the offensive phrases "in context". I still find his words damning and I convict him for anti-Americanism and divisiveness.

At the same time I cannot convict the man as a racist based on this evidence. Instead I see him as a race manipulator - by portraying any non-white person (or those "acting" white) as a victim, he perpetuates the victim mentality for his own gain. And it has made him quite wealthy. Of course victim mentality finds a very enthusiastic welcome in the Democratic Party, home of the "problem solvers".

Now here's the issue that I have with Sen. Obama's association with Rev Wright - Obama has preached his inclusion doctrine from the beginning, so it is hypocrical to count the Pastor as his friend while at the same time he tells us that he promises to close the racial divide. All of these issues - Rev Wright, Ayers, "typical white person", Lapel pin - are individually of small or little consequence. But taken together, they give me a better picture into the heart of Sen. Obama and I don't like what I see.

Indigo Red said...

Very good comment, MDenis, for two reasons. I totally agree and I totally agree.

The point about the small things is right on. It's the small things a person does that most often add up to the whole person. I gave Obama a good long listen early on and liked what I heard, but there was just something that didn't fit. It was those small inconsequential actions - the flag pin, the Pledge of Alegiance, Wright, Ayers, Frank the commie, the whole Muslim/not Muslim thing, the timely Christian conversion, etc.

In my opinion, Obama makes Slick Willy look wholesome.

Mike's America said...

Wordmith read or listened to an entire sermon too at the behest of one of his liberal buddies who claimed that Wright's hate was being taken out of context. Wordsmith reached the same conclusion that you and MD have.

I doubt Wordies lib pal actually listened to an entire Wright sermon.

Something tells me Bill Moyers agreed with EVERY word, even the hate filled ones, that Wright said.

And we paid for the PBS program with our tax dollars.

Indigo Red said...

I watched the Bill Moyers program and as presented, I would agree with Jerry Wright, too. Good thing we've got Word on our side to point out the stupid side of life.