Finally, Barack Obama was forced to admit that Wright is wrong!
For a New York minute, I actually found myself feeling sorry for Obama, who got blind-sided Monday at the National Press Club by his arrogant former pastor. That’s the kind of mesmerizing effect Obama has on people.
I didn’t swoon, mind you. When I found myself getting light-headed and my mind numbing, I reached for the antidote, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Obama’s racially-charged autobiography that was written long before any thought of running for political office popped into his head or any of Tony Rezko’s money made that thought viable.
At a hastily arranged press conference on Tuesday, Obama said he was outraged and surprised by some of Wright’s comments and said that Wright “was not the man he met 20 years ago.”
Is that so? Hummm!
Obama reiterated that he was not in attendance when Wright made racists remarks. Not true!
Obama was in attendance for at least one of those sermons. In fact, he named his second book, The Audacity of Hope – the one he wrote to keep you from reading Dreams— after one of them. On page 294 of book number one, Obama quotes Wright as saying,
It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need . . .
Yes, Wright and Obama see the problems in this world as a result of “whitey.” If you don’t believe me, check out Dreams for yourself.
May I remind Obama, Wright, and the good folks at that Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago that the people in Port-au-Prince weren’t starving as a result of the food that was wasted by people (of all races) on cruise ships. Haiti was reduced from one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere to one of the poorest countries in the world under the rule of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide was a black priest who hid behind his religion to gain absolute power and enormous wealth, while urging his minions to necklace (painful death by a flaming tire placed over the victim’s neck) any political opponent who got in his way. Incidentally, through all this, Aristide was supported wholeheartedly by the Congressional Black Caucus.
Wright is wrong. He always has been wrong! Nevertheless, the church has defended him and Obama defended him until it became political expedient to do otherwise.
On Monday, Wright made it clear that he understands political expediency and has clout with Obama and intends to use it. In a question-answer session following his speech, he made this statement:
I said to Barack Obama, last year, ‘If you get elected, November the 5th, I’m coming after you, because you’ll be representing a government whose policies grind under people.’
Obama says he does not see “that relationship being the same.” He said that Wright’s most recent remarks were
presenting a world view that contradicts who I am and what I stand for . . . I am about trying to bridge gaps and that I see the commonality in all people.
On page 99 of Dreams, Obama was critical of Joyce who was proud of her multiracial heritage and refused to be pigeonholed as black or white. He wrote,
I understood her and the other black kids who felt that way. In their mannerisms, their speech, their mixed-up hearts, I kept recognizing pieces of myself. And that’s exactly what scared me.
To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully . . . it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.
Has his loyalty changed? There simply are not enough perpetually angry black Americans to elect Obama president and he knows it. Our problems aren’t black and white but if you read Obama’s first autobiography, you will find that Wright’s separatist Trinity United Church of Christ fit him to a “T.”
Obama didn’t sleep through the last 20 years of Wright’s sermons and running away from them is not the answer.
I sincerely hope Obama has changed and that the change is not simply superficial. However, the views of Wright and Obama were one and the same. They went together like mashed potatoes and gravy. Until Obama is willing to admit that and say, “Not only is Wright wrong, but I was wrong,” no one should believe him.
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