Isn’t it interesting that just as Obama’s pastor Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. celebrated 36 of ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ, and retiring as senior pastor from that pulpit that the new firestorm concerning his pastor is being trotted out again in front of the media as though this is something new. I mean, this church, and this pastor and this candidate dealt with this exact same issue exactly a year ago, and he weathered it. Nothing new is being purported in the media other than the sheer ignorance of Americans.
I just saw a clip on CNN Headline news with Glenn Beck and he also now a reporter who is on my –hit list (you fill in the first letter yourself). But again can I blame him? The clip of Rev. Wright shows Wright preaching clearly in favor of Obama, but also speaking about an alternate reality that I’m convinced is so far away from that of white America that when people like Wright hold a mirror in contrast to their realities, we get a media firestorm. The clip is one where Wright says from the pulpit that “Hillary Clinton aint never been called a nigger” and to the effect that Obama signals something that is competely against the status quo of white, male, patriarchy (and the UNN would add to that list heterosexual).
So, when a black man speaks cold hard facts its considered hate speech?
I must have missed something somewhere. It appears that black people are only allowed to speak of love, peace and long suffering only in the context of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. Well, I can say from personal experience that this particular uppity Negro has seen and expereinced more than enough suffering and dammit, I support Rev. Jeremiah Wright without any equivocations.
But, I’m still at a loss; when is it appropriate to speak about the issues that Jeremiah Wright talks about in his sermons? I mean, just because we label it hate speech, which it is not, does not mean that he’s not speaking truth. I mean, the political pundits are using overarching terms to describe Wright’s sermons such as “hate speech” which I think is very interesting because none of them are denouncing the verarcity of what he said. And even in this context, isn’t it interesting, old conventional wisdom asked was Obama black enough, now the concern is that he’s too black.
But, I encourage those to please read Soul Jonz blog because this is where Obama’s pastor gets his theology from. Oh yes, this is not some crackpot, whack job, bootleg preacher, this is an educated man. One need only do a Google search to obtain a biography of Jeremiah Wright. I mean, the attacks against this man and his family are purely based on ignorance of facts and experience. I mean, in all fairness, Hillary Clinton will never have to experience being called a nigger. That is a reality that Barack Obama has faced as a black man living in this country. Well, just like Glenn Beck’s obvious response to the network having to bleep out “the n-word” it would take tomes of books and information to help him understand why Jeremiah Wright is allowed to say that word and he’s not. A black person reading this blog would understand what Jeremiah Wright means when he says that “Hillary Clinton aint never been called a nigger,” but a white person would need a plethora of information explained to them to help them understand that “nigger” isn’t just a pejorative word, equated with any other defaming adjective or noun.
So, again, why is this considered “hate speech” when Trinity United Church of Christ is a member of a predominantly white denomination and one of the denomination conference presidents, a lil’ old white lady, is a member of Trinity? Furthermore, if this is “hate speech” why also does Trinity have the full unbridled support of the United Church of Christ?
I guess in our American ignorance, we’ve allowed the media to redefine some things for us. It appears that hate is one of those things that has been redefined. Hate appears to be whatever goes against the white, male, heterosexual status quo, but I guess this is hate speech because the white, male and heterosexual status quo would have to first recognise that there is a hierarchy in this country and that they are unopposed at the top of this caste system in this country.
Secondly, while they are at it, the media needs to stop acting like this is the Mormon faith and confined only to one state. Oh no! This Black Liberation Theology is a nationwide thing and has been in practice before the legal end of slavery in 1865 and has since been articulated by James Cone in 1969. This is not a fly-by-night operation that Jeremiah Wright is preaching: this is an institution. And woe unto the white people who think that if they get rid of Barack Obama that they have silenced the Jeremiah Wright’s of this country; there are others, they may even be in your local city or town. Let it be known that the following clearly support Jeremiah Wright, as evidenced of their invitation and acceptance to participate in his retirement celebration:
1) Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
2) Rev. Marcus D. Cosby, pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
3) Rev. Rudolph McKissick, pastor of Bethel Institutional Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
4) Rev. Dr. Lance Watson, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
5) Dr. Cornell West, Princeton University
6) Dr. Obrey Hendricks, author of The Politics of Jesus
7) Rev. Frank Thomas, pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Church, Memphis, Tennessee
….and trust me the list continues.
This blog is not a call to arms against white people of this country, but rather I’m putting white America on notice that what Jeremiah Wright is speaking is not relegated to just the South Side of Chicago, or just barbershop and beauty shop banter. What Jeremiah Wright and others speak is the reality of this Second America, an America that I now see is so far removed from the reality of white America that when our realities combine we get what white America calls “hate speech.” I, however, along with millions of other African Americans see things differently–vastly different.
However, just because white America sides with Dr. King doesn’t mean that the rest must fall in-line so easily, because there’s always the option of Malcolm X, who of course called for the same change as Dr. King, but his was by “any means necessary.”
Keep it radical and keep it uppity, JLL