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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Read the real Jeremiah Wright

From ABC's The Blotter, Jeremiah Wright is claiming he was taken out of context when clips of his sermons were played on the radio and TV. ABC decided to play his game, and provided the context. And it doesn't make him look any better than before. In fact, he appears to be even worse:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright says his sermons were deliberately taken out of context by the news media "for a political purpose" and to "paint me as some sort of fanatic."

"When something is taken like a sound bite for a political purpose and constantly over and over again, looped in the face of the public, that's not a failure to communicate," he told Bill Moyers in his first interview since ABC News' "Good Morning America" first broadcast portions of his sermons. The Moyers interview will be broadcast tomorrow evening on PBS.

Wright says the use of his controversial statements -- saying the U.S. brought on the 9/11 attacks and that black Americans should sing "God Damn America" instead of "God Bless America" -- were "unfair" and "unjust" and were used "for some very devious reasons."

OK, reverend let's take a look at what you said:

I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday, did anybody else see him or hear him? He was on Fox News, this is a white man, and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out, did you see him John, a white man, and he pointed out, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Mohammed was in fact true, America's chickens…are coming home to roost. We took this country by terror, away from the Sioux, the Apache, the Arowak, the Comanche, the Arapahoe, the Navajo. Terrorism. We took Africans from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism. We bombed Granada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel. We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenagers and toddlers, pregnant mothers, and hardworking fathers. We bombed Qaddafi's home and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children's head against a rock. We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to payback for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hardworking people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they would never get back home. We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye. Kids playing in the playground, mothers picking up children from school, civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.

We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and Black South Africans and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.

The bolded lines above come from the soundbites, and the rest of it wasn't ever played. Now we see just how bad it really was. He's telling his congregation that because, in his eyes, America has engaged in evil acts in the past that we deserved what we got on 11 September. Lovely. How very tolerant of him. Sounds very much like any sort of pastor at a church preaching love of you fellow man, right? Yeah, nothing to see here. Move along ...

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.

So, we see the same old song and dance conspiracy theories pushed by nuts during the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations. We don't do enough for blacks, yet he doesn't recognize affirmative action. He doesn't acknowledge those that have achieved a great deal without the media hype. Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, JC Watts; I suppose he can't tolerate them because their sell-outs or Uncle Tom's. They didn't buy into the victim mindset so prevalent in his beliefs. We've failed blacks, yet they don't take responsibility for their own actions? That's bunk. It's preposterous that all the failures of the black community should fall on our shoulders.

And where does he get the idea that the Brits failed? Great Britain is still alive. Same with the Germans and the Japanese. And why did Germany and Japan succeed? Because we helped rebuild them after World War II. We got them back on their feet, and that was no small task. That sort of goes hand-in-hand with being the lone beacon of freedom around the globe who will come to the aid of her allies if asked.

A lot of people will dismiss this as a non-issue. His fire-brand rhetoric was designed to rile people up and make them pay attention. We don't look at it that way. He is doing the blame-America-first two-step. This isn't a man that Barack Obama should be proud of. If he was our pastor/priest, we'd be embarrassed by his rhetoric, and we wouldn't have hung around for twenty years.

Publius II


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