Jeremiah Wright’s Influence, In Obama’s Own Words

Want proof of Jeremiah Wright’s theological influence on Senator Obama, look no further than Obama’s own words.

Obama 12 years ago

Ed Lasky
Barack Obama, the uniter across party lines, across religions, across racial divides, wasn’t always Mr. Sunshine.   He had a different view 12 years ago, when his campaign was more localized.He was 34 years old: a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School — bastions of power and wealth. He was the beneficiary of the best education America had to offer. What were his feelings at age 34? Resentment, hyper-partisan, and accusatory towards whites, Republicans and the so-called Christian right.  As Barack Obama prepared to run for the state Senate he spoke up shortly after the Million Man March lead by Louis Farrakhan — or as Barack Obama honorifically recently titled him, Minister Farrakhan. Via Newsbusters: [empahses added] These are mean, cruel times, exemplified by a ‘lock ’em up, take no prisoners’ mentality that dominates the Republican-led Congress. Historically, African-Americans have turned inward and towards black nationalism whenever they have a sense, as we do now, that the mainstream has rebuffed us, and that white Americans couldn’t care less about the profound problems African-Americans are facing. The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it’s always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility. Barack Obama has commented on the value of words to inspire, to bring about change. What kind of change was he talking about in his mid 30’s when most of us had already given up the rebellion we flirted with, and the resentments that beset us,  in college?

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  2. No matter how you slice it, those are the retired Pastor Wright’s words not those of Barack Obama.

    It is interesting how people are yapping as if the United States has done absolutely no wrong in the world and this global anti-American sentiment comes from out of freak’n nowhere. The American pulse KNOWS it has a world community perception & deed problem.

    Here’s some controversial teachings from a pulpit:

    ___No sex before marriage
    ___Marriage is until death do you part
    ___No second marriages, while your first “spouse” still lives

    Christians violate these WELL KNOWN teachings on a daily basis, but they don’t stop going to their churches just because they disagree with those aspects of Christian teachings.

    No one else has sat on their own church pew and heard something controversial coming from the pulpit? I find this odd.

    Most religious leaders do indeed take the liberty of defying political correctness, even if the members in the congregation do not …whether it’s Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, John Haggie, or Jeremiah Wright.

    Also, how much of what Rev. Wright said was NOT true… OR is it just Rev. Wright’s audacity to be blunt with the truth, which may be accosting Americans in denial?

    “Racism is alive and well in this country.”
    That is an “inflammatory” statement, however, it is also a true statement.

    Inflammatory but TRUE:
    ___Hillary Clinton does not know what it’s like to be Black in America.
    ___Hillary Clinton does not know what it’s like to be poor in America, living from check to check.
    ___The USA has been run by wealthy white “MALES.”
    ___The USA has been arrogant in its foreign policy, defying even the United Nations to invade Iraq.
    ___The USA trained the very terrorists we seek. Yes, Osama bin Laden and the like were trained by US forces.
    ___Blacks in America have been held to a higher standard than Whites just to gain the same end outcome of achievement.

    Those statements are inflammatory but true. The “outrage” at Rev. Wright’s last few sermons appears disingenuous.

    Where is the real animosity here… that he told the truth OR that the truth was told without sugar on top? No one likes getting slapped with the naked truth or any blunt assessment of the truth.

    People are still dealing with the PRESCRIBED outrage, and have not yet paused for a moment to actually address the validity of the content.


    Black communication, in general, is more blunt and direct. I doubt that there are a lot of Blacks in shock mode over what Rev. Wright said, they seem to be in a more embarrassed-for-Barack mode.

    [White Susie’s Mom would say: Susie, sweetheart, I know you’re getting much older now and you’re becoming more attracted to boys, but I need you to be careful and know that you can come talk to me any time.]

    [Black Susie’s Mom would say: I know you think you grown, but you better keep your damn legs closed, because I’m not raising any more children. Keep your head in those damn books and off those damn boys, because all they’re going to do is use you and leave you used up. Now you better hear what I’m saying. I’m here for you, but you better listen.]

    For some people it’s called “keeping it real.” Pastor Wright’s words are not those of Barack Obama. Former United States Marine and Pastor, Wright was reciting US history, which IS hateful toward Black Americans. US history has in fact been hateful toward Black Americans and to do something as simple as recall American history toward Black Americans IS inflammatory at least.

    ___The Middle Passage
    ___Racism (came after slavery to justify the continuation of slavery out of Africa when whites were no longer slaved –a distinct and recognizable “skin color” became the target)
    ___Constitutional Definition of “less than human”
    ___Religious Isolation
    ___Jim Crow/Apartheid
    ___Grandfather Clause
    ___Educational Isolation
    ___Economic Isolation
    ___Paramour Rights (where Black women had to deal with white male sexual and companionship aggression)
    ___Constitutional Acknowledgement of the “inherently inequitable” Black American experience

    There is a reason “Black history” is segregated from the main stream history lessons of our grade school classrooms… it IS inflammatory just to acknowledge “Black history” in America, even though Black history is American history.

    There are few ways to spin America’s behavior toward Blacks so that it sounds good.

    We haven’t even done the Native American history roll call. There are aspects of America that should be damned.

    “America’s” over-sensitivity at taking a “critical” look at itself has been the trademark of bigotry… and this bigotry gets reproduced everywhere we go and in every country we touch. We have spread our bigotry like the “Green Bay Tree” and the world community has been taking offense to it.

    Few people are American ENOUGH to damn those things about America that should be damned.

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