For The Last Time He’s a Pastor and Not a Politician

jeremiah wrightLet me just lay my cards out on the table and be rather blunt:  I haven’t agreed with everything Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright has said over the past few years.  Actually, for me the biggest aught I had with him was how he hand-picked his successor following his retirement.  It was my understanding that since the polity of the United Church of Christ was congregational, just like the Baptist churches, we were to have a pastoral search committee and the congregation would ultimately vote on their pick.

No voting took place at that church.

Not saying that Rev. Otis Moss III was a bad pick or that he wasn’t qualified for the job, it’s just that something about how it was done doesn’t sit right with me.  Moreover, I think the fact that those who stayed, of course, agreed with that decision, but more or less said “I trust my pastors decision” and I really question to what level do we really defer to our pastors?  We say we don’t put them on a pedestal, but we really do.  Seriously, if this had been at some other membership organization and a vote was never called, there would have been hell to pay.

But not at the church house.

That being said, while I may have disagreed with him on how that went down back in 2006, there’s really nothing much that I disagree with him about now concerning his recent comments about “them Jews” at the Hampton Ministers Conference in Virginia.  Well, he has zero tact.  But I guess that’s just par for the course.  But what I think is interesting, and highly disturbing is the collective psyche of this country.  As far as Jeremiah Wright is concerned, it goes deeper than just your general run-of-the-mill, jingoistic, FoxNews watching, pro-American, anti-everything else ideals.  While we have Barack Obama in the presidency, the conservatives are accusing him of being a Socialist hearkening to the ideals of Stalin, but yet and still we have this weirdo conservative media bloc that’s done a damn good job of influencing the people.

Seriously, I live in a country where to be pro-Palestinian is anti-American.

If you let Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Bill-O on their good days tell the story, we should go back to the McCarthy days and start hauling folks in front of tribunals across the country accusing them of anti-American behavior.  Moreover, the fact that even Keith Olbermann made the claim that Wright was “not a man of God” then clearly, I’m quite interested in what molded and molding the psyche of this country.

I mean, for us to categorically dismiss Wright as anti-Semetic because of the verifiable ethnic cleansing that’s taking place on the Gaza strip in the name of Yahweh?  So we, as a country have more problems with a man who simply points out an inhumanity than a theocratic government that’s systematically attempting to eradicate Palestinians.  So if you talk bad about one, singular, individual Jewish person, you’re labeled, automatically anti-Semetic.  Black folks seem to be the only one’s who’ll entertain whether or not to label someone else racist or not.  We’ll have debates and conversation about it; not saying that’s a bad thing, but we’ll accept the statements from AIPAC over that of the Urban League, and most certainly that of the NAACP.

Oh.

Yeah.

My bad.

I think Bill Maher, last night on his show “Real Time” said it about as best as possible:

I mean seriously y’all, we’re playing around here and people are dying daily in our own backyards, across town, in hospital beds, in nursing homes, and not to mention overseas and we still have yet to take this fight to our elected officials.  This mentality of go along to get along has been the silent killer in all facets of American life, especially in the black community.  I mean, hell, how long did we hear the mantra “Lincoln freed the slaves” and not the fact that it was a series of events from people such as Toussaint L’Ouverture, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Crispus Attucks, Harriet Tubman, Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vessey, Solomon Northrup and Nat Turner.

Nawww….it was someone else who did it, cuz we didn’t wanna rock the boat too much.

Last time I checked, the boat rockers were the one’s that got something done—so I’m here to serve notice to whomever reads this post, that if you think that Jeremiah Wright was bad, you aint seen nothing yet.  I am personally here to declare that this uppity Negro will be unashamedly Black and unapologetically Christian at the same time speaking truths that empower.  And since the establishment won’t like it, so be it.  I’ll have some company, because I’m quite aware that I won’t be alone.

The position of the prophet in the Hebrew Bible usually invokes the names of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Amos.  Keith Olbermann charged Wright with not reading the Bible.  Has he not read it?  Last I checked all of those prophets received a word from the Lord and were required by Yahweh to deliver the word, uncompromising to the Israelites.  Jeremiah accused God of deceiving him by chapter 20, and this was after he had gotten beaten up and put into stocks, I can only imagine how our contemporary Jeremiah Wright feels.  But the scripture goes on to say:

Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long.  But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,”  his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

I think we need to be very careful about what we listen to, and how we’re filtering the information we’re receiving.  I made a comment on AverageBro’s blog when he dropped his “Negro Please” post including Wright, that its interesting that we won’t mind taking a comment out of context for someone that we don’t like, such as Wright in this case, but if it’s someone we do like, such as Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor, we’ll do homework to find the full context of their comments.  I mean every black blog I went to had found the full speech in which she made her comments and leveled charges of the Right and Conservatives being unfair taking her comments out of context–what’s the difference with Wright?

Hmmmm….food for thought.

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[Editors Note: Btw, ya boy’s  been under the weather all week with acute tonsilitis and I started antibiotics Thursday evening.  I finally got rid of the low grade fever last night that had been plaguing me most of the week, just waiting on this pussy mess at the back of my throat to finally clear up.]

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Aside from the insertion of “them Jews” do you really disagree with Jeremiah Wright’s comments?  Or do you agree with them?  Do these comments label him an anti-Semite?  If Wright had been a white man and had made the comment “them blacks” or “them Muslims” would it be the same?

Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL

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8 thoughts on “For The Last Time He’s a Pastor and Not a Politician

  1. You could not be more correct in your analysis.

    And more power to the unashamedly Black and unapologetically Christian uppity Negro Network!

  2. Rev. Wright is free to state his opinions any way he chooses, and we are free to comment on them as he chooses. One of the things my students hate about me is ‘answering their questions with questions’; when they say something my typical response is ‘why?’ or ‘Explain what you did” or “define ‘easy’ or ‘hard'”, etc. The media is woefully deficient at forcing people who make statements in the public eye to justify their statements. I sense they fail to do this because so many people make statements they cannot support or justify, and once you’re labeled as someone who asks tough questions people don’t want you around. Complain about Bill O’Reilly all you want, but you must be strong and factual to enter the ‘No Spin Zone’, and if you state your case the audience let’s Bill know about it, and he at least respects people who state their views.

    If Rev. Wright can produce proof of ‘dem Jews’ keeping Obama from him, and the ‘verifiable ethnic cleansing’ in Gaza, then le’t see it. Personally Rev. Wright is an insignificant blip on the media landscape, and far, far from the issues we should be sharing with the public. The vibe I get from him is someone using his service in the Lord’s name to serve himself, and I steer as clear from his kind as much as I can, and this is the most I will speak on people like him unless otherwise compelled.

    1. @adinasi

      I go in and out with Bill-O. I still stand by his Obama interview as the best interview we saw of Obama pre-election.

      That being said, I stated Wright has ZERO tact and “them Jews” was an off the cuff and off color comment that just has all kinds of wrong attached to it. However, he doesn’t have a national pulpit/platform to allow him to prove any of his points. As I said on AB, I’m biased of course, but, I think I’m one of the few people in the blogosphere who actually has the privilege of saying I’ve listened to a mighty corpus of Wrights sermons and in the midst of those sermons he defended his point. To even use this youtube clip right here, when pressed about the issue of HIV/AIDS being brought into the black community, he quoted books and authors that lead him to come to that conclusion.

      And as far as Israeli military supporting the settlement housing in Palestinian territory, well that’s a known fact and undisputed by everyone. Wright doesn’t talk in soundbytes. I think when he defends himself and gives reasons for his statements, no one listens: they’ve already tuned him out.

  3. I am personally here to declare that this uppity Negro will be unashamedly Black and unapologetically Christian at the same time speaking truths that empower…”So you are going to be going harder than you usually do?” You are already at an 8.5 on the richter scale.

    Seriously, I live in a country where to be pro-Palestinian is anti-American. “You are correct about this statement.”

    Rev. Wright has no tact but he does make an interesting point. I think because of America’s relationship with Israel we can’t be honest brokers in the peace process.

    1. @CO

      I think I gotta go harder.

      If I looked back 100 or so years through the 60’s, people my age already had degrees–plural–and were in the midst of their doctoral dissertations, and actually may have published a book or TWO!!!

      I have a responsibility to my race and to my community. I have one cousin who’s told me “you can’t afford to mess up cuz its enough in the family who already have.”

  4. Mr Wright is keeping it real. Alot of Jew will tell you Zionist and Jews are not the same.

    What I don’t get is people thinking that Obama would change a system that’s been in place for centries or wouldn’t be changed by taking one of the biggest seats in the world with a lot of fat cats putting you in that position.

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