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The Wright Dust-Up Shows and Proves That Many Whites Donít Know Black People at All
Black America Web ^ | March 16, 2008 | Deborah Mathis

Posted on 03/17/2008 11:41:36 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The eruption of outrage, shock and fear that is flowing over Barack Obama’s campaign like hot lava because his pastor has preached some strident sermons tells us one thing for certain: Many white people don’t know black people at all.

If they did, they would know that Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago is hardly the only black minister who uses the pulpit to rant against racial duplicity and injustice. The black church has always been the place for letting our hair down and speaking our peace -- a safe haven from the criminations outside. It’s how and why the black church became the nursery for the freedom and civil rights movements. Not every minister seasons his or her sermons with political commentary, and not every one who does is as fiercely spoken as Rev. Wright, but there is nothing unusual about the black clergy as social agitator. Guess the shockees didn’t know that.

It seems they were also clueless that, when race, racism and discrimination do invade the pulpit, it is not always in the context of forgiveness and humility. Much of black America is resentful, angry and distrustful -- rightly so, some of us would say. Did the uninitiated honestly believe that slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, white resistance and flight, economic and educational duality, hyper-incarceration and yawning disparities in wealth, health and longevity have had no lasting effects; that all of that is really no big deal -- something we can kick off as easily as our Sunday shoes?

Surprise.

This could be a teaching moment for the society at large, which would do well to pay closer attention to 35 million of its members and to give heed to their accounts of their own experiences. Unfortunately, and typically, the alarmists are threatening to make it a Waterloo for Obama.

The candidate has denounced Rev. Wright’s statements about America’s treachery, honest as they were.

Obama has even removed his Wright from his ministerial council. That had to be painful for Obama, who has otherwise spoken devotedly of the preacher who “brought me to Jesus,” performed his marriage ceremony and baptized his daughters.

Those pounds of flesh are not enough for the alarmists, however. They and frothing pundit after frothing pundit want the candidate to rebuke Wright categorically -- mind, body and soul.

Obama is in the unenviable position of having to court a large and diverse audience -- the American electorate generally and Democratic voters particularly -- that includes a good number of people who have no knowledge of, curiosity about, nor sympathy for the black experience, while, at the same time, remaining true to what he knows about Rev. Wright specifically and the black church generally.

It’s a delicate balance, and Obama has tried to strike it, explaining to journalists that the anger and disdain expressed by Rev. Wright reflect common themes in “the black memory,” albeit not sentiments he shares.

In a fair world, Obama would be able to elaborate about the black perspective and thereby give some context to Wright’s comments and the facts of black expression.

But, then, in a fair world, there would be no racial divide to bridge. Of course, Obama’s detractors would never consider that.


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1 posted on 03/17/2008 11:41:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Wright Dust-Up Shows and Proves That Many Whites Don’t Know Black People at All

And vice versa.

2 posted on 03/17/2008 11:43:09 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

methinks if the writer had any larger of a chip on her shoulder, she would have severe back pains.


3 posted on 03/17/2008 11:44:41 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEís toll-free tip hotline ó1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Then they should not have tax exempt status!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 03/17/2008 11:45:24 AM PDT by sugarbabe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess Pearl Harbor and 9-11 WERE our fault after all.


5 posted on 03/17/2008 11:45:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The most racist people in America today are black liberals. Bar none.


6 posted on 03/17/2008 11:45:52 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Simpson verdict and more importantly, the reaction to it, were a clear signpost for me. Actually, a confirmation of a hypothesis based on observations.


7 posted on 03/17/2008 11:46:26 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No it shows that the charge of racism goes both ways and how these hustlers have become wealthy from pitting us against one another for the longest time.


8 posted on 03/17/2008 11:46:32 AM PDT by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama himself has disavowed these comments, so the whole argument that they are somehow justified has been negated.

Unless Obama is lying. :)


9 posted on 03/17/2008 11:46:33 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Debbie Mathis may be cute, but she certainly isn’t very smart. This isn’t really about what black preachers say in the pulpit, it is about whether a leading presidential contender agrees with what his hate-filled pastor preaches.


10 posted on 03/17/2008 11:46:45 AM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Racial bigotry and prejudice haven't disappeared. Now all of the rage and hate against America no long comes from the KKK and neo-Nazis but from the Left - particularly race baiting minority pimps and Islamofascists.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

11 posted on 03/17/2008 11:46:48 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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If Obama is reading this, I think Deborah Mathis would be a great press secretary for you. Honest I do. This isn’t a trick or anything. Honest.


12 posted on 03/17/2008 11:46:53 AM PDT by murdoog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not that I don’t know black people, but I do know a 1st class America-hater when I hear one.


13 posted on 03/17/2008 11:47:19 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Many white people don’t know black people at all.”

If they did, likely they’d realize that racism is hardly a white-only problem.

Perhaps todays focus on race relations will help pave the way (finally!) to a truly color-blind society, rather than a loose association of victimized ethnicities.

Meanwhile, Barack Hussein Obama remains the wrong guy at the wrong time.


14 posted on 03/17/2008 11:47:21 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Obama is reading this, I think Deborah Mathis would be a great press secretary for you. Honest I do. This isn’t a trick or anything. Honest.


15 posted on 03/17/2008 11:47:41 AM PDT by murdoog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think, with the sentiments that Wright expresses that he is Christ minded, he is just a reverse David Duke in disguise. Obama’s destruction though by the Dem white base though will probably destroy the nipple lock blacks have had on the party for so long!


16 posted on 03/17/2008 11:47:56 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The Wright Dust-Up Shows and Proves That Many Whites Don’t Know Black People at All”

Well now that the good rev has enlightened me I really don't think I want to know them. Of course I didn't think all blacks subscribed to separatist notions but who am I to argue?

17 posted on 03/17/2008 11:48:14 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We didn't know Hitler and his brand of National Socialism either. His mizzunduhstood rhetoric was harmless too wasn't it?

People in positions of authority, power, and influence should handle that responsibility with caution. Telling the white community that there is nothing wrong in Wright's comments at the pulpit and those at other black churches of the same flavor, is just crap.

18 posted on 03/17/2008 11:48:20 AM PDT by blackdog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

While driving from New England to Pennsylvania I flipped through the radio dial. Driving over the GW Bridge I was treated to some interesting black programing. The Rev. Wright has many people that spew the same crap. He is not alone in his hatred and beliefs. It opened my eyes.


19 posted on 03/17/2008 11:48:30 AM PDT by oldironsides
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...and how these hustlers have become wealthy from pitting us against one another for the longest time.

Bingo. They discovered that there was a lot of cash to be made on fomenting hate and suspicion.
20 posted on 03/17/2008 11:48:44 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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