Well, as expected, Barak Hussein Obama gave a speech in response the outrage of his “spiritual advisor” Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright.
Here’s some of what he had to say:
I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
Yep, and when that happened I made my opinions known. Matter of fact, I walked out of the Baptist Church at the age of 16 thanks to a Sunday School teacher who backed up his chauvinist view points with misogynist quotes from the Book Of Timothy and Corinthians. I stood up, called him an idiot, and left. I have since evolved into an agnostic, not because of his jackassery, but because I read anthropology, palentology, and other science-related data which gives me a clearer picture about the origins of the universe.
In any case, it looks like Obama didn’t find Wright’s racist harangues controversial enough to walk out.
……Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way.
Yeah, why join another church when you don’t think there’s any reason to leave because of 20 years worth of ‘snippets’ like “God Damn America’ , “America started the AIDs virus”, the “U.S. government imported drugs to the black community”, and “greedy white folks”, are part of the religious doctine?
You lying fuck.
……I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
I wonder what his ‘white grandmother’ would think of his disingenuous explainations of all that ‘hate whitey’ crap?
He compares his grandmother’s cursory perjoratives with Wright’s filthy, seditionist, and racist ejaculations?
……Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable. I can assure you it is not. I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.
Well, you hit that on the button. Your whole spiel is nothing but excusing the inexcusable.
But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
……That history helps explain the wealth and income gap between black and white, and the concentrated pockets of poverty that persists in so many of today’s urban and rural communities.
A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families – a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened.
Wright certainly made race an issue during his sermons, and used quite a few stereotypes while he was at it.
No one gave this hyphenated American (Irish-Scots-German-Cherokee) a free meal ticket in life. I had to work hard for everything I’ve got. I spent 30 years serving this country as a United States Soldier, and during the first ten years of my enlistment, fought all kinds of sexist and racist shit from males; black, white, and hispanic. Racism ain’t a one way street.
The accusation of the ‘lack of economic opportunity among black men’ and the ‘shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family’ is total horseshit. Poor black communities are rife with the illegitimate children of fathers who not only skipped out, but are more preoccupied with gang banging than ‘providing for their families’. The mothers of these children are also uneducated, unemployed, and pregnant by choice. Staying in school, getting real employment, and using birth control are foreign concepts. Within these ‘concentrated pockets of poverty’ lies a generational inheritance of a lack of personal responsibility. Blaming that on skin color is absurd.
Wright is a bigoted, anti-American, radical malfeasant. These are not just his personal opinions, these are doctrinal edicts preached to a like-minded congregation.
Fuck him and Barack Hussein Obama.
In a recent interview with 610WIP, a sports talk radio station in Philadelphia, he threw Grandma under the bus, again:
“She is a typical white person who if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know you know there is a reaction that has been bred in our experiences that don’t go away.’
As for his grandmother:
“I am not giving any interviews,” Madelyn Dunham told a reporter who phoned in March 2008. “I am in poor health.”
His ailing grandmother, who raised him, must be real proud of her snarky grandson.