(This article was originally posted March 18th, reprinted here to escape spam hustlers. )
Imagine, for one second, if the church that Hillary Clinton or John McCain attended regularly for the last twenty years posted this on its web site:
Those are the words of Barack Obama’s church.
Insert “black” to replace “white” in the above quotation, and you have the “About Us” section in the web site of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ where the Reverend Jeremiah Wright has spewed hatred of whites from the pulpit and decried this country, using the term at least one time: “God Damn America.”
Just words? (Where have I heard that before?)
Senator Obama has repudiated comments and deeply disagrees with the pastor of that church. Well, that’ll do it. The senator disagrees. Now, let’s move on and stop this racial divide, eh?
Not so fast. The problem doesn’t lie in the statements the pastor has made in one or two sermons. Obama has no choice but to distance himself from such comments, after all, he is running for president.
The problem lies in a pervasive ideology and attitude, not just a few words. It has to do with the senator’s identity.
This didn’t just happen. By his own admission, Barack Obama has been closely allied with Jeremiah Wright for twenty years. “He is like part of my family,” said the senator. The pastor presided over Obama’s wedding, he baptized his children, he prayed with Obama and counseled him about running for president. The title of his book, The Audacity of Hope, was taken from one of Wright’s speeches.
Are we to believe that this kind of rhetoric and philosophy is a sudden shock to the senator? Are we to believe that he never knew that his minister had fostered these views before? Are we to believe that Barack Obama, a bright and intuitive man, has never been aware that the preacher professed such racism and hatred of country? It’s no wonder that Mrs. Obama has never felt proud to be an American, until her husband reached the cusp of a presidency.
Are we to believe that the senator and the preacher — so close — never shared private moments discussing race and these negative feelings toward the United States? And are we to believe that Senator Obama is utterly ignorant of that church’s racist philosophy? If not, why has he been a loyal and very prominent attendee for twenty years?
Instead of concentrating on Jeremiah Wright’s stupid remarks, why isn’t the media asking Senator Obama, “Why were you ever a member of this church to begin with?”
Are we to believe that Senator Obama was not aware of the close relationship his minister has with Louis Farrakhan? That Wright, in fact, traveled with Farrakhan to Lybia in the 1980’s to meet with Muammar Gaddafi, another hater of America. That Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is well known as an unabashed racist and Jew hater who despises this country.
Farrakhan has repeatedly made hate-filled statements targeting Jews, whites, America, and homosexuals. He has called whites “blue-eyed devils” and the “anti-Christ.” He has described Jews as “bloodsuckers” who control the government. Farrakhan has opined of Caucasians: “White people are potential humans…they haven’t evolved yet.”
Yet, in 2007, Obama’s church bestowed a lifetime achievement award upon Louis Farrakhan, calling him a great man, and “one of the giants of the African-American religious experience.”
Are we to believe that Senator Obama — with his brains — had no idea of the tight relationship his church shared with Farrakhan over the years? If my church embraced the likes of a David Duke, or an Adolf Hitler, I’d have resigned in a nano-second.
Now that the heat is on, Senator Obama can distance himself all he wants from his minister and the Anti-american/racist views of his church. Too late. Twenty years of history is undeniable.
At the most, this long term relationship is a red flag for all American voters, of all races and religions, who decry racism and bigotry. It brings deep suspicion that there is more to the candidate for president than meets the eye, and one wonders who the real man is behind closed doors. There is definitely more to Barack Obama than that bright silver tongue and smooth charisma.
At the very least, the relationship suggests a lack of judgement and an insensitivity to views that are repugnant to the vast majority of Americans who are not bigots or anti-semites.
In Dreams of My Father, Obama’s first book, there is a poignant moment from the senator’s childhood which relates very well to this issue. At the age of ten, living in Hawaii, he was only one of two black children in his class and very aware of feeling different. He befriended the other black child, a girl named Coretta. They were frolicking one day in a playground when a group of kids approached and began taunting them. Here is the exact text from page 61 written by Obama:
In the following paragraph, Obama writes:
The senator can tell us that he doesn’t approve of his church’s long term relationship with Louis Farrakhan. Just words. He can tell us he doesn’t agree with — or even renounces — some of the vile remarks Reverend Wright has preached in his sermons. Again, just words. He can tell us he doesn’t subscribe to the racist philosophy of his church. But he is still there.
Today, those kids are surrounding that little boy — Barry Obama — again, prodding, questioning, even taunting. But in 2008 they have a name: The American electorate. Much like he did to little Coretta to gain approval of his image to others, he has given a “slight push” to Reverend Wright, to satisfy the media. But it doesn’t change who he is. It doesn’t change twenty years of reverse racism, of anti-American attitudes, and the honoring of Louis Farrakhan and his likes.
Black racism is no more excusable than white racism.
It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “He that lies with dogs, shall rise up with fleas”
60 Responses to “Obama And The Pastor – A Deeper Problem”
Thank you Marshall!
I now have your well researched blog for
use against a near certain mass media suggestion that we “Just move on,” now that
Obama’s silver tounge has addressed the issue in his major speech today.
My opinion can be kept short: Obama has
demostrated a lack of judgement, so serious
as to make alarming; the prospect of a
President Obama holding peace negoations with our sworn enemies, who have sworn to
destroy America and our way of life.
Obama may or may not believe our enemies
really mean to destroy us. I DO!
, on March 18th, 2008 at 2:14 pm Said:
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, on March 18th, 2008 at 3:01 pm Said:
In America today, it’s considered socially acceptable for African-American leaders to make racially biased comments, hold racially exclusive events and fundraisers and NOT be considered racist. What’s fair is fair. When then candidate George Bush visited Bob Jones University in 2000, the media coverage was astoundingly negative and African-American leaders were calling for his ouster from the election process. Now, regarding Wright’s comments, we’re being told that the sound bites are being played “out-of-context” I defy any rational American to provide me with ANY context in which it’s OK to accuse the government of creating the HIV virus to kill off “people of color”
, on March 18th, 2008 at 3:16 pm Said:
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, on March 18th, 2008 at 3:36 pm Said:
Didnt the inept Mayor Nagin infer that the
government blew-up the dikes around the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. What kind of thinking is this among educated people?
This election should prove very interesting.
Is this the best America can do for such an important job as President of the United States. Two Marxist-Socialists and a Liberal Republican?
, on March 18th, 2008 at 3:42 pm Said:
, on March 18th, 2008 at 4:17 pm Said:
You’ve done a good job of research. When this matter first came up, I questioned why Obama would be a member of a church where the minister spews hatred, especially hatred of the United States. I had not been much sold on Obama for President anyway, and especially not now with his long suborning of such hatred.
, on March 18th, 2008 at 4:18 pm Said:
It is a shame we do not have good bunch from whom to pick but I do not believe we do.
As for Obama, I remember well a few black friends I had in school who were not racist. Living on the “wrong side of the tracks” when growing up gave me a different perspective on people in general since the railroad employed all races and religions.
You are right to condemn any person who is running for office in this great country of ours that does not come up to the expectations of the constituents. I stand behind you completely as I have many times in the past. It is time for the truth to come out before it is too late.
The problem lays in the laxadazial attitude of many of our citizens.
Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it is.
, on March 18th, 2008 at 4:27 pm Said:
America has no viable choices in the upcoming election for President…. It is time to throw out all these bumbs and start this process over again. The rank-n-file Americans need to get their heads out of the sand…or where ever else they have their heads stuck…and start to take these events serious.
, on March 18th, 2008 at 4:43 pm Said:
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, on March 18th, 2008 at 6:20 pm Said:
This is from the Huffington Post. Most people will recognize Rev Jim Wallis as a calmer moderate Christian intellectual:
“It has simmered throughout this campaign, and now race has exploded into the center of the media debate about the presidential race. Just when a black political leader is calling us all to a new level of responsibility, hope, and unity; the old and divisive rhetoric of race from both blacks and whites is rearing its ugly head to bring down the best chance we have had for years of finally moving forward.
And that is indeed the real issue here. A black man is closer to possibly becoming president than ever before in American history. And this black man is not even running as “a black man” but as a new kind of political leader who believes the country is ready for a new kind of politics. But a new kind of politics and a new face for political leadership is deeply threatening to all the forces that represent the old kind of politics in America. And all the rising focus on race in this election campaign has one purpose and one purpose alone — to stop Barack Obama from becoming President of the United States.
Buzz up!on Yahoo!Barack Obama should win or lose his Party’s nomination or the presidency based on the positions he takes regarding the great issues of our time and his capacity to lead the country and America’s role in the world. He must not win or lose because of the old politics of race in America. That would be a tragedy for all of us.
The cable news stations and talk radio are playing carefully selected excerpts of the most potentially incendiary statements from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s fiery sermons, the retiring pastor of Barack Obama and his family’s home Trinity Church in Chicago. Obama, while affirming the tremendous work his church has done in his city and around the nation, has condemned the most controversial remarks of his pastor. But the whole controversy points to the enormous gap in understanding between the mainstream black community in America and the experience of many white Americans. And that is what we are going to have to heal if we are ever to move forward.
Here is what I mean.
There is a deep well of both frustration and anger in the African American community in these United States of America. And those feelings are borne of the concrete experience of real oppression, discrimination, and blocked opportunities that most of America’s white citizens take for granted. African Americans across the spectrum of income and success will speak personally to those feelings of frustration and anger, when white people are willing to listen. But usually we are not. In 2008, to still not comprehend or seek to understand the reality of black frustration and anger, is to be in a state of white denial which, very sadly, is where many white Americans are.
The black church pulpit has historically been a place of prophetic truth-telling about the realities that black people experience in their own country. Indeed, the black church has often been the only place where such truths are ever told. And, black preachers have had the pastoral task of nurturing the spirits of people who feel beaten down week after week. Strong and prophetic words from black church pulpits are often a source of comfort and affirmation for black congregations. The truth is that many white Americans would indeed feel uncomfortable with the rhetoric of many black preachers from many black churches all across the country.
But if you look beyond the grainy black and white clips of the dashiki clad Rev. Wright and the angry black male voice (all designed to provoke stereotypes and fear) to actually listen to what the words are saying about America being run by “rich white people” while blacks have cabs speeding by them, and about American misdeeds around the world, it’s hard to disagree with many of the facts presented. It’s rather the angry tone of Wright’s comments that provides the offense and the controversy.
Ironically, a new generation of black Americans is now eager and ready to move beyond the frustration and anger to a new experience of opportunity and hope. And nobody represents that shift more than Barack Obama. There is a generational shift occurring within the black community itself, between an older generation who are sometimes perceived to be stuck in the politics of victimization and grievance, and a younger generation who believe that opportunity and progress are now possible–not by ignoring, but by being committed to actually changing the facts of oppression and discrimination.
Barack Obama represents that hope of dealing with the substance of the issues of injustice while at the same time articulating the politics of hope, and even the possibility of racial unity. Obama’s attraction to many who are white, especially a new generation, demonstrates the promise of a new racial politics in America. But to be a leader for a new generation of black Americans, Barack Obama had to be firmly rooted in the black church tradition, where the critique of white America, the sustenance of the African American community, and God’s promise for the future are all clearly articulated. That’s why he began attending Trinity Church where he was converted to Jesus Christ in the black liberationist tradition of, among others, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
So it would be a great tragedy if the old rhetoric of black frustration and anger were to now hurt Barack Obama, who has become the best hope of beginning to heal that very frustration and anger. Obama has never chosen to talk about race in the way that Rev. Jeremiah Wright does on the video clips that keep playing, and indeed has never played “the race card” at any time in this election. It’s been his opponents that have, especially the right-wing conservative media machine that wants America to believe he is secretly a Muslim and is from a “racist” church.
This most recent controversy over race just demonstrates how enormous the gap still is between whites and blacks in America–in our experience and our capacity to understand one another. May God help us to heal that divide and truly bless America.”
Jim Wallis is the author of The Great Awakening, Editor-in-Chief of Sojourners and blogs at http://www.godspolitics.com.
, on March 18th, 2008 at 6:45 pm Said:
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, on March 18th, 2008 at 7:30 pm Said:
Here is a youtube from a Reagan Democrat
with 52 seconds of Obama’s plans for our
National Defense. I’d call Obama’s plans for defense a clear national suicide plan.
, on March 18th, 2008 at 9:24 pm Said:
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, on March 19th, 2008 at 4:20 am Said:
Respectfully submitted: Laura
, on March 19th, 2008 at 7:22 am Said:
, on March 19th, 2008 at 9:43 am Said:
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, on March 19th, 2008 at 3:50 pm Said:
There are always two sides to the coin.
Obama is VERY articulate, a good speaker. His behavior in speeches remind me of some speeches of the leaders of the world who I do not dare mention due to grief and devastation they brought to the people of this planet.
, on March 19th, 2008 at 4:03 pm Said:
John McCain has been there and done that, who else can say that? Certainly not Kuchinik, Obama or Nader….They all talk a good game, but can they really play in the same arena? I think not. God Bless America and all who support her.
, on March 19th, 2008 at 5:35 pm Said:
, on March 19th, 2008 at 6:34 pm Said:
How can he? He’s a republican. Involved in the Keating scandal. Sure he’s a hero for his heroic stay at the Hanoi Hilton. But that’s it! He’s Bush’s lackey
Nader has saved more lives through his consumerism activities than any person alive. Kucinich saved Muny Light for Cleveland which afford residents cheaper electricity than the private utility. Also he doesn’t take corporate money like the 3 main candidates and he isn’t afraid to speak out against his own party. I agree about Obama. He has showed me nothing.
, on March 19th, 2008 at 6:34 pm Said:
But what about McCain’s church? Is it lily-white? Or Clinton’s? (Probably not – if Bill has anything to do with it!)
Overall, not much has changed in America – except that today a non-white person is a serious candidate for president. We are overdue for a real, no-holds-barred national discussion of race relations in America and if the Obama candidacy is the trigger for it, that’s a positive outcome, whether he wins or loses.
, on March 20th, 2008 at 6:28 am Said:
WE ALL BETTER WAKE UP AND SEE WHATS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE FAR LEFT HATE OUT THERE. WHATS WRONG WITH US AS AMERICANS, ARE WE BLIND? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THE LEFT DO GOODERS. MARSH, WRITE A BOOK ABOUT ALL THE DUMB AMERICANS THAT DO NOT SEE THIS UGLY MESS. THE DECLINE IN MORAL ATTITUDESM THE INTERNET UGLY, UGLY.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
A PROUD AMERICAN.
GLORIA SGRO DISANTO
, on March 20th, 2008 at 9:33 am Said:
, on March 20th, 2008 at 9:55 am Said:
My question is, how long will we have to pay for the slave trade that happened years before we were born?
My family was poor, but proud to work to pay for the necessities. I wasen’t taught to hate the “rich white people” because they had more money than they needed, nor was I taught that they needed to “give” me their money. I was taught that if I wanted to be rich,I had to work for it.
I didn’t go to college, yet was able to
do quite well in life. Was that because I was white? or willing to work?
, on March 20th, 2008 at 10:01 am Said:
Feels good to read comments from people I know. I’ve read extensively about Obama and still feel that I know little about who he really is and what he’s all about. That’s uncomfortable to me.
, on March 20th, 2008 at 10:43 am Said:
Not much else to say, other than you know me personlly, you know that I am black, and I close with this:
Don’t judge me by the anger that my great, great grand father who expresses anger caused by the, then, American society tha caused him pain for seeking a job, food and ultimatell freedom. I can not share the same diversity as Mr. Obama, but my grand father 3 times remove was white.
, on March 20th, 2008 at 1:00 pm Said:
, on March 21st, 2008 at 9:32 am Said:
Please keep me on your email list. Thanks!
, on March 21st, 2008 at 11:06 am Said:
The right wing loonies like McCaine court the Hageee’s ( Israel can do no wrong, ever )..and Parsley ( kill ALL Muslims ) and of course the scummy Pat Robertson and Flawell of course get the nod as ‘ good ‘ preachers.
Obama is not a well qualified man…neither is Billary or any of the others, with the exception of Ron Paul.McCaine wants to BOMB Iran, no doubt based on the same pack of total lies that the Bush cabal used to get us into Iraq. Where are the WMD’s? In the inagination of the war mongers, thats where.
This nation is going to hell in a handbasket…prices out of control, rights being swept away..and a useless congress and senate giving the Cheney gang all it demands…the end is near. Does it mater who wins? Not really. Obama and Hillary are both willing to drag out this ‘ war ‘ crap forever to support the big money..and McCaine, the mental case, wants us to be in Iraq for ‘ another hundred years’, which of course was the plan all along.
I predict that in 5 years, no longer, we will see the death of the doolar and the introduction of the AMERO, which is already printed and waiting…the dissolving of the borders between Mexico and Canada, making us an American Union, just like the Euro’s have now. And, a police state as well with the government watching and listening to us all.
If McCaine gets the job, we will see a continuation of the failed and destructive policies that have ruined America in the last 8 years as well as the corporate graft and crimes we are seeing now..McCaine is a nutjob, a kook, a bad tempered failed politician who slavers over the thought of endless military caused death and theft of oil and property worldwide.
Obama could do no worse…Hillary could do no better…we have NO prospects that are in the interest of this nation. It is all over folks…we are being destroyed from within. We still have not exposed the truth abouit 9-11 and 6 years later Bush is about to escape justice forever and run to his 100,000 acres in Paraguay he just bought, where he cannot be extradited.
We have BIG problems in this nation…too big to handle any more..and it is all on purpose. This is not an accident: The crumbling dollar, gas prices outrageous while the big shots make hundreds of millions in bonuses for gouging us all. We are seeing the intentional destruction of the middle class and the ruination of the American dream..and for what?
So the global NWO players can finish the plan. read the PNAC plan for full details. Ask who SIBEL EDMONDS IS…and if you think that we have patriots and real Americans in high office, you are wrong. This nation is being shredded right in front of us and intentionally so. The enemy is within the gates.
Forget what some preacher says and concentrate on what is happening to the very core of our country: it is turning to dust just like the core steel in the Towers on 9-11….and it takes a lot of energy to turn steel to dust. That energy is coming from the inside, and AIPAC, and will swallow us alive if we do not turn it around, and fast.
, on March 23rd, 2008 at 10:26 am Said:
As a whole, many Americans were shocked to find out what really goes on in some of the black churches. Whoever heard of “Black Liberation Theology” before now? Thanks to Obama and his pastor, the truth comes out about the bigotry that continues to permeate the black community. They continue to keep themselves in bondage and shame on their leaders who keep that fire burning. I appreciated your ending of your article. Obama’s actions are reminiscent of those you quoted from the book.
You are right on, it does not change twenty years of reverse racism, of anti-American attitudes, and the honoring of Louis Farrakhan and his likes who are extremist and dangerous types. Racism is not excusable under any circumstances.
Please keep me on your email list.
Ignorance is not bliss.
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