Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Jeremiah Wright Unbound

The Obama campaign needed it like a hole in the head but still, Barack Obama's longtime pastor, Jeremiah Wright, unleashed himself with a fury on the Washington press corps Monday morning, delivering a sharp-tongued and comedic tutorial on cultural and religious differences between white and black folks.

Wright, whose inflammatory "God Damn America" sermon has reverberated throughout the Internet, defended his patriotism and, in so doing, attacked Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I served six years in the military. Does that make me patriotic?" Wright asked, adding pointedly, "How many years did Cheney serve?"

With that, Wright looked at the audience, most of which appeared on television to be applauding, and saluted.

And it wasn't just Cheney who took hits -- it was most of the architects of the Iraq War. "Those who call themselves patriotic have used their positions of privilege to avoid military service while sending 4,000 to die over a lie," he said.

VIDEO | Wright Says Criticism Is Attack on Black Church

Wright, from whom Obama has sought to distance himself, said Obama "did not denounce me." Instead, he said, "he distanced himself from some of my remarks. He had to distance himself because he's a politician."

Wright joked that while he personally is not running for office, "I am open to being vice... president."

And if that wasn't enough to scare off the white working-class voters in Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina who Obama is so desperately trying to woo in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, then Wright provided more fodder for the cause.

The Chicago pastor refused to apologize for suggesting black Americans should sing "God Damn America" instead of "God Bless America" and for suggesting America brought 9/11 on itself because, as he put it, "we have never apologized as a country" for slavery.

"Britain has apologized to Africans but this country's leaders have refused to apologize," he said. Wright also said, "You can't do terrorism on other people and not expect it to come back on you."

Obama's chief campaign strategist, David Alexrod, said on MSNBC this morning that the Obama campaign had "absolutely no ability to influence" the reverend's words and actions. The Obama camp certainly "would not have encouraged him to go on a media tour," Axelrod added.

Noting that the country's most prominent African-American scholars are scheduled to gather soon to explore the "black religious experience," Wright said he hopes "that experience will be understood, celebrated and even embraced" by a nation he thinks has failed to understand the black experience.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 28, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Behind the Scenes at W's Last Correspondents' Dinner
Next: President Bush's Personal Recession: Jenna's Wedding


I honor the man. I learned so much from Rev Jeremiah Wright's Key Note to the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP. I feel that he is an asset to Barack Obama's campaign. I now understand why he was Barack's minister. Rev Wright is brilliant, humorous, kind, enlightning. We need more like him. I thank him for "coming out" and opening our eyes to the truth.

Posted by: jayne wade | April 28, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"If" an honest dialogue about America is what is desired in order to move beyond the stagnation that has become the basis of polarization of the body politic, and "if" moving foward as one united states is desired, the voices of people like Reverend Wright speak towards that end.

"If" such a voice is silenced or ostracized then it will be "business as usual" and the quamire that bounds potentials will only continue to thwart moving beyond the divisions will continue.

Can we change, truly change to meet our potentials? Yes we can.

Posted by: Keith Hunter | April 28, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

well, according to wright,

"he had to distance himself because he's a politician"

again,further destruction to the obama campaign.

Posted by: almanac kid | April 28, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Is Rev. Wright Italian?

He looks like my Uncle Louie, a Naepolitan native. And what's with the people, who are 90% white, calling themselves black? Someone should begin to call him,

"The Rev. White", which is geneoligically more correct!

Posted by: jenn | April 28, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

You think he's comedic?

You probably also think Latin American leaders like Hugo Chavez are 'demagogues'.

You need to get out of America more often and meet politicians who aren't soulless, 'passionless bureaucrats' and you might have the background to comment on the good reverend's sermon.

The Right Reverend Wright Is Right.

In the heartland of America, amongst the people, for example, who just passed some perverse legal judgment with full persecutional force and fury based backed by lies they knew to be so, on the Texas FLDS, and amorally kidnapped their children, still refusing to return them to their parents... Martin Luther King Day is more commonly known as "Dead N*gger Day.

Posted by: Da' Buffalo Amongst Wolves | April 28, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Back in 1984 when Jesse ran for the presidency, Farrakhan saw this as an opportunity to get national exposure and to challenge the growing influence of Jesse. So he comes out and makes a public stance with Jackson, knowing full well that he was a highly controversial figure (an image that he'd crafted with volatile statements about Jews and white Americans). He (Farrakhan) knew full well that his "endorsement" of Jackson would have a detrimental effect. Granted, Jackson had no real chance of winning, but that wasn't the point, Farrakhan was thrust to national prominence.
Fast forward to 2008, here we have Obama, who actually has a chance to snare the nomination and yes, the presidency. Wright has been fuming since he was "disinvited" to Obama's announcement. Let's not re-write history. It was Wright's church that put those tapes on their website for sale, it was Wright, that gave the prickly statements to the NYT, it was Wright that waited in the wings before launching this "press offensive" (at the most critical point in the primary) to go before any media outlet that will listen to him.
When Blacks finally get over the need to have "Big Bad Black Man" speak "truth to power", we will more clearly see that people like Farrakhan, Wright and a host of others do NOT have the best interest of Blacks at hand. They are egotistical, self-serving men who seek to satisfy their insatiable desire for attention and influence, regardless of the costs.
I really hope that people stay focused, this is not about white people not wanting to vote for a black man, hell, Obama has been winning white votes all across the country. This is about another little man, who wants to be revered, but lacks what it really takes to be seriously considered as a man of influence and substance. And I'm talking about going beyond the same old tired, "what racist white America, or the white man" has done to black people. We all know the history, so that's not the issue, the issue is how are we going to really make use of our influence, instead of continually squandering it just to protect another huckster that thinks they can play Black people for fools just to boost their own egos and sphere of influence.
So I'm hoping that people can stay laser-focused on the issue----the presidency, not expending energy on yet another race hustler.

Posted by: Galaxcy | April 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hillary signals to whites to defend their identity as white America; Wright signals to black Christians to defend their identity as a black church; both are appealing to old-fashion lines of separatism. They are fighting against a synthesis of American culture, whether consciously or inadvertently, that Obama offers as a shining future, if we will only let go of those old divisions. Even Obama's pastor is mired in a world that we are on the verge of leaving behind. Wright and Hillary and others "clinging" to identity politics can destroy this moment of great promise--we have an opportunity to move America past its "genetic defect," to quote Rice. Somehow, we must not let them keep us in the status quo--Yes we can!

Posted by: edward | April 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

It is time for the Republican-controlled Media to give this Wright controversy some fairness and enquire of Hillary Clinton and her surrogates the following:

Is it true that, (1) Hillary surrogate, Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee, is also a devotee of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright; that he's been preaching at her home church, where she is actively involved, annually for the past 15 years and has an open invitation to return, and, that she sat in the pews for his visits and did not bat an eye?

Is it true that (2) Hillary surrogate, Rev. Marcia Dyson was not only a longtime member of Trinity United Church of Christ but also still considers Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright her pastor? That Rev. Marcia Dyson's seminary education, in part, was sponsored by Trinity UCC and encouraged by Rev. Wright? And was it not at Trinity were she first met her husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Dyson, who's been very vocal in his defense of Rev. Wright.?

And, lastly of Hillary Clinton, that if Rev. Wright would not have been her Pastor, then why did she and Bill when going through Impeachment, turn to Rev. Wright for Prayer and Support and invite him to the White House? These things should be answered.

Posted by: Angellight | April 28, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Last night I flipped to CNN to see if Larry Kind had yet another slug on. He did, but she was deferred to mightnight so we could enjoy Wright in Detroit. What a great show and education!

Posted by: Bartolo | April 28, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the Rev. Wright's speech at the NAACP and thought he did a great injustice to African Americans by saying that they somehow do not learn the same way as middle class whites. That is the key word "middle class". If you compare middle class whites and middle class African Americans and lower socioeconomic whites to lower socioeconomic African Americans, there would be more similarities than differences between both groups.

Posted by: Alice | April 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I have already admitted that I am no a HUSSEIN OBAMA FAN... but neither am I a HILLARY FAN.

I am one of that white middle class that has
learned to question anyone who IS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

HUSSEIN turned me off as soon as I learned about his stand on the American Flag. As I listened and watched his speeches... I saw patterns of behavior that indicated how ELITE, and cocky he was. As I researched and read articles on THE INTERNET.. (Not Blogs) I discovered that he was a SLICK WILLY HARVARD GRADUATE that could give a revival type speech that turned heads.

He promises everything but has no experience at leadership,or doing anything for America as a nation... just for BLACK AMERICANS.


Posted by: miller51550 | April 28, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama wants to move beyond petty distractions:
""What's troubling is the gap between our challenges and the smallness of our politics--the ease at which we are distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our seeming inability to build a working consensus to tackle any big problem" ---Barack Obama: AUDACITY OF HOPE (2006)

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Americans has witnessed journalists that have been an embarrassment to our country. The PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS relied on YouTube snippets to present what they call reporting a news story.

We need journalists to rise up to the level of Rev. Wright and present the results of investigative journalism in an intellectual and useful manner?

We need journalists to give us something profound to think about and discuss.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I am convinced that the Reverand Jeremiah Wright honestly believes everything he has said which includes his first televised speech in which he introduced himself and described his hatred for the United States for the agregious acts they perpetrated on the black society.
The rub or bone of contention is that Barrack's church has taken on the care , feeding and political indoctrination of a large segment of our black society by reporting our governments involvement in drug trafficking, poisoning our black population etc. Their evidence of these activities are presented on the recorded videos' (sold at Barrachs' Church after church services) we have repeatedly seen on TV excerpts from those videos that describe in detail the assertions of Reverend Wright and Barrack Hussein Oboma and his associates that the USA govt. has resorted to programs of egregious racial repression.

So what are we going to do about this?
First we should understand that when a lie is told often enough and their targets or victims of their efforts are convinced -without a second opinion- that they are being oppressed, then the lies will gain feet and have as evidenced travel a long way.

Oboma first claimed of no knowledge of his churches accusations concerning our governments alleged activities as described by his church leaders . If he is successful in persuading the citizens of the United States of his ineptness in not knowing what his church has stood for, then we must believe he is just simple minded or honestly wants to disassociate himself from Reverend Wright and his church. Although he has lately admitted some knowledge of those little wright lies and has directed his frustrations to the white race as if they were somehow responsible for what has been going on in his church.

Posted by: John's Son | April 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I watched both of Rev. Wright's speeches (NAACP and National Press). He spoke about how "different is not deficient, just different". He also spoke about positive reconciliation of differences among a variety of different groups of people.

I want to go him one better. I add, that each individual human being has different and opposing thoughts or beliefs within his or her OWN psyche. The tension that is created requires conscious attention to those opposing thoughts and some reconciliation of them. Reconciling those internal differences requires work, but that work is albeit satisfying and growth producing.

Talking about race creates lots of internal conflict within Americans. It appears many want Rev. Wright to "go away" so they won't have to do the internal work.

The work required involves transcending the "either/or"- ness of the thoughts and instead come to some "both/and" perspective. That is how humans grow psychologically. That is how we learn how to become mature and secure in the face of someone who is unlike us.

The ideas that Rev. Wright spoke about over the weekend and today challenge each individual to think more deeply. Whenever a person, especially an American voter, thinks more deeply and considers reconciliation of differences (rather than disowning the other) as a preferred approach, he or she has transformed him or herself.

When it comes to this election, he or she will listen to ALL perspectives, not just the ones the media have spoon-fed to them. He or she will not be like children accepting unquestionably the thoughts of the parent (i.e media pundits).

He or she cannot be predicted, forecasted, or written off. The American voter becomes free and nobody, not the press, nor the candidates can tell them what to think or what to do come election day.

The press (and some candidates) want to tell the voters what to think and what to do. By November or even by June, the American people will be thinking more deeply and critically. I already see it in the quality of posts on some message boards.

In the end, a critically- and free- thinking American electorate will be good for America. Whoever wins the general election will have to contend with an American people who are more critically thinking and courageously outspoken than ever before in history.

He or she will have Rev. Wright to thank for that.

Posted by: Glad-to-be-an-American | April 28, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Read an article that explains how the psychological theory of "cross-race recognition deficit" may be exacerbating the indelible linkage of Jeremiah Wright's views to Barack

Posted by: Daniel DiRito | April 28, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, what's going on now on America's politics is way bigger than Obama, Hillary, and McCain combined! It is one of this defining moments where We as a nation need to take the time to re-evaluate and reflect on how we want this country to be shaped for the next 100 years and beyond! Unfortunately, American's politics have been too dismissive of racial dissensions in this country and as every serious issue not properly addressed, it comes back as a bigger problem. As a middle class white American, I feel at times frustrated that these useless tension cannot be resolved more efficiently. While I definitely dismiss views from extremist such as Farrakhan and the like I do believe that most black Americans are very resilient and accepting a "system" that used and abused them over and over again without any remorse nor apologies! If what pastor Wright said about the different learning style of black Vs White (subject oriented vs. object oriented) is research proven, than We can't complain that blacks are violence prone, cynical, criminals etc... because these would have been learned (subject) behaviors from their white masters for the past 200 years. Again this theory lines up with research and also the Holy Scriptures: "As you sow, so you shall reap". I consider myself very fortunate that my relationship with my 30 some black friends do not gravitate around race and they are able to transcend these frustrations. However, I would feel very proud to have a government, while pointing out these errors from the past, will take some stronger steps to acknowledge bigger steps toward the future as a nation of American Citizens not African Americans, European Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Jewish-Americans etc... This would definitely make more sense !

"In 1990, a survey found that 10 percent of African Americans believed that the U.S. government created AIDS as a plot to exterminate blacks, and another 20 percent could not rule out the possibility that this might be true. As preposterous and paranoid as this may sound, at one time the Tuskegee experiment must have seemed equally farfetched. Who could imagine the government, all the way up to the Surgeon General of the United States, deliberately allowing a group of its citizens to die from a terrible disease for the sake of an ill-conceived experiment? In light of this and many other shameful episodes in our history, African Americans' widespread mistrust of the government and white society in general should not be a surprise to anyone. --BB"


Posted by: Nancy. K. | April 28, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

It is what it is,

Only Americans of African descent can truly feel and appreciate the message, Tone and true emotion Reverend Wright has brought to the forefront whether or not being a detriment to the political agenda of Mr.Obama.

Posted by: Willie H. Brunson | April 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand ,somehow Barack has been convinced by his preacher that HIV is an American invention& US terrorism invited 911. But Hillary has not been convinced by her closest political adviser for the last l2 year & owner a company that she's in hawk to for millions of dollars that the Columbian trade deal is a good idea .
But why should I be ranting Mr Penn & a his clients are all gone now The Bin Laden ad thats just another creative mind at work .At least thats way everybody seems to see it

Posted by: robert | April 29, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand,somehow Barack has been convinced by his preacher that HIV is an American invention & US terrorism invited 911. But Hillary has not been convinced by her closest political adviser for the last l2 years & owner a company that she's in hawk to for millions of dollars that the Columbian trade deal is a good idea .
But why should I be ranting Mr Penn & a his clients are all gone now The Bin Laden ad thats just another creative mind at work .At least thats way everybody seems to see it

Posted by: robert | April 29, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright does America a great service. Just as the wool was being pulled over our eyes, and we were embracing Obama as "post-racial" and a "uniter", along comes his Pastor, spiritual mentor, inspiration, the man who "brought him back to Christ", to remind us that he is, in fact, just another black guy with no qualifications, just a better-looking Jesse Jackson without a speech defect. Rev. Jerry made sure to point out that Obama only disagreed with his paranoid rants because he's a politician; otherwise he'd go right along with them. Face it, folks, nothing's changed, and nothing will. Whites will still need to treat blacks like they were children, never expecting them to take responsibility for themselves, and forever apologizing for their bad behavior and inability to do for themselves. Thanks, Rev- thanks for reminding us.

Posted by: Jim McDonough | April 29, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I guess it comes down to this. Do you want four more years of sporadic high-profile lectures from Rev. Wright about his view of race relations in this country? If so, vote for Mr. Obama. If you don't, then don't. It's that simple.

Posted by: James Beck, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | April 29, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It will be fun watching Wright play the poundits for all the press he can glean from their obsession with Obama....

Obama's going to get a nice, quiet back seat ride here as you folks try to tear Wright down, which is laughable, because he is already benefitting from the diversions.

In your haste to sling Wrightmud at Obama, you folks and the radio wingnuts have given the good reverend what he craves most in this life.. the public's ear.

As long as he has it, he won't stop talking. And that means before it is all over, the public will hear a lot more than the media expected.

The big losers will be our falsely vaunted 4th Estate (R.I.P) and the public they have so greedily failed in their grab for billion-dollar campaign ad revenues.

Wright will win this one, every time someone lets him have the mic, and so will Obama, because the more the public hears the real story, not the media spin, the more they will realize what many of us recognized a while back; THE MEDIA JUST FIGURED OUT OBAMA IS WINNING, AND THEY DIDN'T PLAN IT THIS WAY! Which is why there is such apparent confusion over the past few weeks, it is the media scrambling to take him our like they did Howard Dean.

Too late for that, the Obama tide is rising still, and no amount of Wright wrangling can make it go away, despite the media's exhaustive efforts.

Posted by: JEP | April 29, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"As preposterous and paranoid as this may sound, at one time the Tuskegee experiment must have seemed equally farfetched. Who could imagine the government, all the way up to the Surgeon General of the United States, deliberately allowing a group of its citizens to die from a terrible disease for the sake of an ill-conceived experiment?"

Just change "an ill-conceived experiment" and replace it with "future pharmacuetical-industry profits" or "bio-weapons development" and it explains things a bit better...

And remember, it doesn't take a whole government to commit these atrocities, just a small faction that controls the power strings. If it wasn't true, then how did Tuskegee happen in the first place?

You could have the most righteous men and women in the world in government, but it does nothing good when you surround them with the worst, greediest and least compassionate people...

Just like the campaigns themselves, thcandidates are posed as squeaky-clean, but beneath the surface, the creeps run the real show. What they have done behind the scenes would look like a nightmare to anyone who dreams of a free and open society.

The same holds true with all these "conspiracies."

You can't blame "the government" per se, but you can blame the little Goebel-Goerings hiding therein and scurrying about on their daily rounds of political mischief, if you can just identify them before they resign from the White House Staff.

Posted by: JEP | April 29, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

There is NO question--given the almost total destruction of all that was positive for the lower and middle classes in the US--that a SERIOUS change is needed in the White House. Our current President is a complete disgrace, and I cannot imagine how he can look himself in the mirror each and every day given the death sentence he has pronounced upon so many--directly with the war and indirectly with his policy that favors the wealthy to the detrement of this country's workers--on all levels.
To this end, Senator Obama, a man who could--in the future--be the right choice, just is not the right choice now. He simply hasn't proved that he can do the job. During the debates, his answers were mostly "what she said" with a few more 'appealing' details. (Watch them again--Senator Clinton was always asked first; she answered, and he used her answer as a base and tweeked it to come across more positively--STILL SAID THE SAME THING but appealed more.)
Now, I'm not sure that Obama will even choose advisors who can really help either--given what we've seen of his acquaintences and advisors thus far....
NOT a fan of Bill Clinton--although I was MUCH better off--as was America--when he was President--but at this time, Senator Clinton just makes the most sense....
The Rev. Wright is to be congratulated for breaking the spell that Obama had managed to weave to convince the voting population that ALL Americans would be better off with him. While he was favored and given an easy time by the press, he was utterly charming, but when things got rocky, we glimpsed another person behind the wonderfully convincing speeches....Until we know more, we should reserve judgement--BUT--right now--WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO WAIT!

Posted by: bismarker | April 29, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Some people said that Rev Wright is brilliant, humorous,and kind/ and some people said that we need more like him.

So Other words, we need more people who will say "GOD DAMN AMERICA"?

Because Wright is a former pastor, so he has a right to say God Damn America?
Because Wright is former military, so he has a right to say God damn America?

Here is some people saying, "I hate my job" but they stil working at that job for many years.... now you hate America, you should deploy yourself to other country that you like to live.

IF something wrong with this country, we should blame the government.

Posted by: DE | April 29, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

If this Rev. Wright is such a brilliant, learned and highly-educated man, why did he say "if you do terrorism on someone" then expect it to come back? He can't even form a correct sentence--you don't do terrorism on someone. It is chilling to sit and watch him speak and then hear all the cheers of support for his racist, anti-American remarks. Words matter as Obama has continuously reminded us. We must listen to the words Wright speaks, knowing that Obama supported Wright 20 years with his presence in Wright's church as well as his financial giving to Wright's church. There are definitely significant ties between Obama and Wright, and we must listen to their words. Hitler's words were so outlandish no one took his words seriously, but history reminds us that he meant every word he spoke. We must listen to Wright's words because he means every word he speaks. Again, words matter!

Posted by: kimmy | April 29, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Enough is enough!! The campaign is not about Rev. Wright and what he believes. I am an Obama supporter and the comments made by Rev. Wright will not affect my decision at all, but I must say I am tired of all the attention given to his tirades. Instead of focusing on him, let's get on with the business of electing someone who will (hopefully) bring about change in this country.

Posted by: Jean | April 29, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Are you all kidding me? CNN last night took 70% of their 5 hour prime time coverage and discussed the Rev. Wright.
So I ask again, are you guys in the media gone loopy? Have you all lost your sense of purpose or integrity as newscasters?

Here's a reality check... I am a single mother with NO health insurance and a daughter diagnosed with BPD (look it up, you may learn something) with one of her symptoms being bulimia. I am devastated and overwhelmed by the lack of information and assistance out there.

Now, walk in my shoes for a moment... do you really think facing what I do every single day, not knowing whether my child is going to live or die, give a hoot about the Rev Wright?

You guys in the media need to wake up and realize that we are real people out here facing real problems ! Why don't you all get over the soap opera garbage and do some good by providing folks like me who NEED information, who NEED help with substantial reporting. Do some good for the people of this country instead of losing your soul, your integrity in the hunt for ratings.

By the way... don't you all think Americans need to know what is happening in the rest of the world? After all. there's a big world out there! What a disservice to the American people.

Posted by: nerakami | April 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Wright is, to quote a famous book, "...self will run riot." He clearly fancies himself as a guru of Jesus now. Hubris has become his middle name. It is about Wright now; not Jesus. Unfortunately, he has given the voters an excuse not to vote for Obama. The seminal sin, the one that launches a thousand ships over and over again, is to say you know when you don't know. Wright has convinced himself that he does know. Just listen to him, he will tell you the answers. So much for Obama's chance for a "vision of change" for the US. Neither McCain nor Clinton have the capacity for such a vision; having been sucking at the teat of the "same old" Washington lobby-infested system for years. But McCain and Clinton are the safer choices. You know, if you go to the ocean with a cup, you only get a cup of water.

Posted by: | April 29, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I agree with DE. People should pay attention to what Mr. Wright has been preaching. He is mostly causing more division and hatred in this country. How dare he say "God damn America". Isn't that using the name of God in vain - breaking one of the 10 commandments? I don't care in what context it was don't say that in this country. It's called respect. Shame on him and his church if they support him. If that's the way he feels, maybe he should leave. The past is past; let it be. I thought we were supposed to be moving forward together - all of us - not just whites and not just blacks - but he seems to think that since there has been black oppression in the past that now there should be white oppression instead just to get justice or maybe revenge! Heaven help us if this is the way Obama thinks. Wright is actually as dangerous to the well-being of this country as Osama. He projects a deep hatred in his soul and from his lips for white people...what a shame...and actually what a disgrace for somone who proclaims to be a religious person.

Posted by: jazz | April 29, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Some people will just do anything to get a performance shown. That is what this man is doing. At least I hope so...

If he really believes all the garbage he spouts then we are in real trouble. He is certainly a divisive character. Perhaps not so much divisive as he would like. When it is all laid out like he puts it so well, who can actually take it seriously? Not many intelligent people will believe he is not in it just to get the mike, and play for the camera.

If it were not so sickening, it would be really troubling.

Fortunately, I believe the American people, black, white, or blended has more intelligence than to give credence to this clown.

Posted by: Ella Greene | April 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright has been a minister all of these years and just wanted to come out slamming America and the people that live in America. Think about it. Is he "jealous of Obama. It sound like it to me. If we as Americans stop listening to Mr. Wright not Rev. he will go away. The new media need to stop listening to his comments he will go away. Mr. Wright is old and still living in the pass. Yes black people were in slavery, but they are not slaves anymore. This is a new generation that is trying to forget what our ancestors went through and trying to live in peace with all people. So when Mr. Wright comments is aired again turn the channel to something that is worth listen to. Please remember he is old and he is living in the past. Obama is the future for all people not just for blacks. I am a black woman.

Posted by: C. Whatever | April 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Jim McDonough. How sad can you be? Ignorant of the first order! Remember whence you came from? From East Africa, of course. when people are subjected to physical and mental abuses they become dependent on their captors. If you were enslaved by any group of people you would feel the same way african americans have been feeling. But to their credit, most african americans have forgiven their captors. AAs should be admired for their resilience and their ability to move on to make America a better place. shame on you!

Posted by: tony | April 29, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama should make is crysal clear right now that Rev. Wright, should Obama win the presidency, would not be welcome at the White House, as he was during Bill Clinton's impeachment trauma. To paraphrase "Fiddler on the Roof," God bless and keep Rev. Wright -- far away from the White House.

Posted by: Virginia Independent | April 29, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, everytime the Rev. Wright opens his mouth, Obama loses thousands of white votes. That Wright panders to blacks psyches is too easy to read. Obama is not where Wright's bread gets buttered. Besides being a man of the church, Wright is a businessman and as such plays to those who pay.

Still, I, a 72 year old white male, veteran, can make the distinction between Wright and Obama.

Compared to the evil and conniving Hillary and the "more of the same" McCain, Obama would be a breath of fresh air in Washington.

Posted by: ron | April 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It is repugnant that anyone would praise Rev. Wright. Rev. Wright's gospel is not the Bible (as he claims), but black liberation theology, which is very exclusionary and thus antithetical to the idea of racial harmony and equality. This is manifest on his church's website under what they believe...nothing really about the Bible, lots of black liberation theology though.

His demand that America should apologize for slaver is interesting. Yes slavery was evil and horrific, but should all white people apologize, or just the 5% that actually owned slaves? Also, it is difficult to apologize for an atrocity that you didn't commit.

Once the apology was issued, would it be sufficient? My guess would be "Well, it's a start, but it needs to be more." A sufficient apology in the eyes of Rev. Wright, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson would result in an erosion of their authority or perhaps they would use their positions to focus on more poignant issues such as dangers of drugs, fathering children out of wedlock, crime, pitfalls of not taking education seriously, etc.

Posted by: John | April 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't you refer to Reverend Wright's sermon as the God Bless America sermon instead of the God Damn America sermon?

I find it most troubling that the press made up their minds about Reverend Wright before listening to his sermons, his interview with Bill Moyers (who put the YouTube clips in context by showing longer clips), his talk at the National Press Club (isn't it wonderful that the ill-informed moderator lobed YouTube questions at him), and his address at the Detroit NAACP Freedom Dinner.

The narrow-mindedness of the press recalls Donald Rumsfeld's expectations that Iraqi citizens would line the streets with rose petals as the great liberators entered Baghdad.

Posted by: Mack | April 29, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Well what a diffrence a PASTOR can Make...
We are talking about" HIm and HIS SPEECH"...
HMMM a couple of days ago the president of the United STATES gave a 1400 people birtdayparty( taxpayer payed for)and NOT any comments or any exsitement in this country over the Visit...Could IT bee the old man didnit EXSITED any body? the religion of Cermonies is DEATH! BUT he did pick-up his $ 1 Billion dollars from the Iraq OIL DICK MORRIS book " OUTRAGE" Yes REV.Wrigth gave" LIFE to HIS speech and knowlogde " We all can learn THAT "GOD like LIFE not a Follower that just sitts there and make movment with his hand! WHY DO YOU THINK HE GAVE YOU A BRAIN ?And the EARTH to govern? HE could have Made the SNAKE YOUR MASTER! BUT HE so love the world and gave HIS ONLY BEGATTEN SON FOR YOU!

Posted by: sigup.. | April 29, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

To Nancy K. Yes our Goverment is using Human s As test tube..OUR Soldier having test done to them on a regular bases. I was married to One.Agent orange in Vietnam..( SERALE>>Rumsfeld) after the Vietnam war made sugarlees ..Pink package for your morning coffee.GMO(MONSANTO) in the plants Corn etc..In 1992 Congress gave the lobbys form the Pharmacutical Companies OKAY give BONUS to the they can "TEST " drugs quicker!Yes we are bening "TESTED" by our goverment!in more then One way!
Love your country.

Posted by: sigup | April 29, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Well the German goverment had to appologize for the Injustes of the Jews, Poles etc....60 years later they(jews0 still want more monies(appologize) maybe that is the reason Why the American Congress doesnot Appologize.Since that would include more poeple like HIROSHINA, NAGASAKI, Korea, Vietnam,Bosnia and so on.....

Posted by: sigup | April 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"For Senator Obama, the re-emergence of Rev. Wright has been devastating. - - "expressed concern in private over Mr. Obama's inability to do better among white working-class voters and Catholics." ??!!
I saw you on MSNBC last week and once again with this article , you are echoing and playing right into the hands of the MSM by talking about this endlessly.
Don't you think if the MSM stopped covering Rev W. that he won't "get the attention he is seeking" like you suggest ? But NO ! the MSM has to keep it in their FRONT & BACK BURNERS, 24/7 !! and their MOTIVE ? - - - pure and simple as always, R-A-C-I-A-L !!
Let me explain - -
1] First of all, Rev W. is not running for office.
2] If you had watched Bill Moyer's interview WITH HIM THIS PAST FRIDAY and HEARD the WHOLE sermon, it is clear to see how the CORRUPT CORPORATE MSM has taken 'snippets' out of it and spun it in a malisciously way to create the worst interpretation and to discredit Sen Obama somehow, 'by association' !!!!!!
3] How come nobody is talking about 'THE OTHER Rev.?' - - HAGEE and the McCain connection ?
4] How come the MSM is 'splicing and dicing' the entire electorate in order to keep pointing out the segments of the public he "hasn't been able to pick up" ? What is next ? the Muslim Vote ??
What we are seeing here, is a modern day version of "VERBAL" LYNCHING by innuendo & insinuation of a great African American candidate, who could quite possibly become our next Prez.
It is funny how the MSM "wants-to-start-a-conversation-on-race" but as usual likes to do it in their own IMPOTENT way, SO LONG AS IT IS NOT jarring 'fact-checks' or REALITY and TRUTH based discussion, of the Jermiah Wright kind - - -
And so the grand charade continues - -
I am an Asian physician, practising here in Applachia. Over the last 25 years since I have been in this country, I have experienced racism in every INDIRECT and COVERT way MOST OF THE TIME and sometimes even OVERTLY !
I applaud Rev Wright's straightforward, direct, frank, outspoken, plain-spoken, blunt, candid and forthright way of discussing this issue. It is a shame that people like him are persistently being DEMONISED by the MSM.

Posted by: Mad As Hell | April 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You go Rev Wright - show everyone what hypocrits preachers and religious fanatics really are. Plus your advocates need to go back to school and learn how to both spell and type - they look like complete and utter fools every time they let their narrow minded fingers do the walking.

Posted by: Art | April 29, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Rev Wright and Barack Hussein Obama "same difference", between "an old uncle" and a "political nephew". In their case the "niece" is not much diffrent but the "third piece" of a four piece pie, Farrakhan being the "grand uncle" and the fourth piece of the pie of racism.

Thank you for exposing Barrack before the elections. Many of us were warning about the truth about this snake charmer, and now you heard it from the horse's mouth.


Posted by: Najam, NJ | April 29, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

How can ANYONE Defend this man??????

He is an obvious RACIST!!!

Some black people in this country are every bit as racist as the Ku Kulx Klan!

prove of this is in the africans americans reactions to Rev. Wrights comments.

How is God glorified when a "so called Man of GOD" promotes hatred towards this country and the majority of americans in this country??

How is GOD glorified when That same Paster Mocks Historical Presidents?

It makes me personally never want to go inside a church (especially in Chicago) EVER AGAIN! How does that "glorify GOD"?

It AMAZESme how a significant part of the Black community are actually DEFENDING Rev. Wright's horribly racist and divisive statements.

It just goes to show that a great part of the African American Community are just as racist as the people they attack in there conversations,sermons and speeches.

This demonstrates a true lack of intellegence in my opinion (which sets Blacks back in the eyes of Whites 25yrs)
We really thought Blacks were smarter than this, but apparently a substantial part of Blacks are not.

You really have a long way to go. Happy EVOLVING!

Posted by: Matt | April 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Blacks are DEFENDING REv. Wrights' Comments!!!
Are you FREAKING kidding me???

How can you defend this smart ass?

He is obviously stupid or being paid by the Clinton or McCain campains or Republicans or somebody to RUIN Obama's chance to be Pres.

This will only make white people who gave this guy the benefit of the doubt a reson to walk away from him and obama (because of guilt by association)

Posted by: lucy | April 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I very much enjoyed the tent revival get together at tha correspondant's meeting this last monday. How many people believe that idiot Wright's spewing will I'm sure be many ( we have our own minstrel here in NY, Sharpton ).The only real bone I have to pick is this, when was the last time an invited speaker brought his own cheer leaders and BIG goons to the show ? Go Obama !

Posted by: George Bos | April 29, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with damming america? America with more dams would have more clean power.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama | April 29, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

the economy is in such bad shape that I had to sell my computer monitor. Do you people have any idea how hard it is to surf the internet without a monitor? I mean, I'm pretty much guessing what is going on these days. Thanks be to my comrades that I have this personal blog to write on.

Posted by: democrats rule | April 29, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

This comment will probably get lost in the long assembly of interesting remarks about The Wright Effect. Which reminds me of the Andromeda Strain. I personally hope with all my heart that Sen. Obama becomes president. It is about time!
He is all of us. Not to the exclusion of the Asian population which is always excluded. But, and this is going to be controversial, the origins of slavery are not from the United States. They are from Africa. Tribes sold their prisoners to the Traders. And today in the Congo, there is slavery, the using of women's bodies for ashtrays, and many atrocities too barbaric to compare. Why not send Rev. Wright to the Congo, and find the source of slavery is still on going. True, that slavery here in America was a shame, and a pox, but the "victim's role" is coming from weakness. Sen. Obama does not represent victimization. He unites, and we all need that to heal ourselves.

I admired Rev. Wright's intelligence and had agreed with many of his statements, but do not find it an appropriate case for this moment in our history, and to pursue the limelight for the sake of his church, or himself. Not at this time. He challenges all of us, as did Jesse jackson, and many others. But that has its own place in time, and is not the stand that Sen. Obama takes.

Posted by: Joanna Ballard | April 29, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

To Matt:

Stop insulting people's intelligence with your black/white nonsense!!! When a white man supports the KKK they call him "Patriotic". Now when a black man supports a "BBB" you call him racist and all other names and his good for the death row... What's wrong with you???

You said: "It just goes to show that a great part of the African American Community are just as racist as the people they attack in there conversations, sermons and speeches."

Who do you think the black folks learned these from??? Who do you think taught the black folks the perfect art of hatred without reasons! Who do you think raped, killed, hung innocent black kids, pregnant wife's, unborn babies and drink their joy after their abominations! You should bless the heavens every time you get across a black man in the streets and he still has the guts and the forgiveness to genuinely smile at you! Think about it if it was the other way around!!!
You still back up the KKK even though you know they're wrong! You still praise them in the comfort of your homes because they publicly show their racism and hatred of the black people while you don't have the guts to do so and still keep yours in the closet. I compare racism to homosexuality, it is like a "vicious" and malignant plague that ultimately will destroy the society where it exists if it is not contained or eradicated. Look at "Sodom and Gomorra".

Please Matt grow up!

Every time you call a black man racist, take the time to look at yourself in the mirror!!! Eventhough you may be right at times, you will be shocked by what you see!!! These stigmas of hatred, injustice, abominations are still stamped in every white man's face, soul, spirit and gene and I do understand why you would like to see racism in every black man also! This would be the best way to redeem yourself. After over two centuries of unjustified hatred, you are still trying to point your finger in the wrong direction!!!

May God have mercy on us All!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Honoring a fool is your perogative, Jayne. This idiot has offended many and betrayed a loyal friend. He will do whatever his ego commands. But that's okay...To borrow a phrase, Wright's own chickens will come home to roost. This very insecure little man is hiding behind arrogance and a bunch of people who smile, laugh and applaud his every word, but deep down KNOW there is something very wrong in doing so. Frankly, my heart was saddened watching Obama today. Betrayal is painful enough in private, isn't it?

Posted by: Maria | April 29, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Tony. Maybe you came from East Africa.I'm from North Jersey. And I never owned a slave, and no one needs to feel subservient to me. Kick your racial grievance addiction and join the rest of the world. Grow up, get real, and stop whining about how "the white man's to blame". It's getting really old, and no one wants to hear it anymore.
I'm living in the year 2008. Sounds like you're stuck in 1948.

Posted by: Jim McDonough | April 30, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Ship Wright back to Afrika!!!

Posted by: buddy | April 30, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Too bad the author of this post wasn't gutsy enough to sign his/her name. He/she replies to Matt, who did give his name:

(my comments in parentheses)

To Matt:

Stop insulting people's intelligence with your black/white nonsense!!! When a white man supports the KKK they call him "Patriotic". (Who calls him patriotic? No one I know)Now when a black man supports a "BBB" you call him racist and all other names and his good for the death row (is that supposed to be "he's" good for the death row?)... What's wrong with you???

You said: "It just goes to show that a great part of the African American Community are just as racist as the people they attack in there (their?)conversations, sermons and speeches." (I think we can all agree on that; racism knows no skin color)

Who do you think the black folks learned these from??? (learned "this" from?)Who do you think taught the black folks the perfect art of hatred without reasons! Who do you think raped, killed, hung innocent black kids, pregnant wife's,(wives?) unborn babies and drink their joy after their abominations(Huh? Drink their joy after.....oh, forget it)! You should bless the heavens every time you get across a black man in the streets (How exactly do you "get across" a black man? Doesn't he mind being gotten across?) and he still has the guts and the forgiveness to genuinely smile at you! Think about it if it was the other way around!!!
You still back up the KKK even though you know they're wrong (what is this, 1945? No one supports the KKK today)! You still praise them in the comfort of your homes (when's the last time you were in my home, Mr./Mrs. NoName?)because they publicly show their racism and hatred of the black people while you don't have the guts to do so and still keep yours in the closet. I compare racism to homosexuality (of course you do; you're certifiably insane), it is like a "vicious" and malignant plague that ultimately will destroy the society where it exists if it is not contained or eradicated. Look at "Sodom and Gomorra".

Please Matt grow up!(This imbecile is telling Matt to grow up?)

Every time you call a black man racist, take the time to look at yourself in the mirror!!! Eventhough you may be right at times, you will be shocked by what you see(I just looked, and I wasn't shocked; everything's still the same as it was last time I looked)!!! These stigmas of hatred, injustice, abominations (you like that word, huh?)are still stamped in every white man's face, soul, spirit and gene (really? You've seen them?)and I do understand why you would like to see racism in every black man also! This would be the best way to redeem yourself. After over two centuries of unjustified hatred, you are still trying to point your finger in the wrong direction!!!(No, I'm pointing in the Wright direction)

May God have mercy on us All!

(Whew! How does someone live in such a fantasy world? Well, gotta go get a drink of Kool-Aid and put on my tinfoil hat. Me and Minister Farrakhan are going up to the Mother Ship now. See ya!)

Posted by: Jim McDonough | April 30, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul says much of the same thing. He denounces the "government's" foreign policies, not the American people. He also said it during a national debate, on prime-time tv; not in front of a friendly crowd. Paul's Libertarian views diverge from Wright's when it comes to the role of the government, and of the individual. Wright denounces the US government policies and lack of moral authority in one breath, then asks for apologies and financial support in the next. Obama did right to distance himself from Wright, but he might be able to change attitudes and plight of the African-American if he'd listen to Bill Cosby, Juan Williams and Ron Paul - instead of Rev. Wright.

Posted by: David | April 30, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Funny, how you and the MSM do not demand ' ENOUGH OUTRAGE' from McCain's association with the Rev Hagee and Bob Jones University ? Oh I forgot, THEY are ALL W-H-I-T-E !!
And who do you think is RESPONSIBLE for all this HOOPLA ? Let me take a guess - - the W-H-I-T-E MEDIA !!!!! What-a-Surprise !!!!!

Posted by: Mad As Hell | April 30, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

forget the Rev Wright.
Did God condemn the Israelites on several occassions although they were his chosen people?
Were cities not saved from God's wrath and displeasure by acknowledging they were on the wrong path and electing to reverse their ways. How were they warned? What was the reward of those who elected to ignore?
Is this nation of ours founded on biblical principles?Has it remained so?

Was Ezekiel not scorned by many for his forebodings?

Can you (70%) feed yourself for four more years w/McCain-republican or w/Obama-democrat front runner or w/Hillary-democrat close second.

Posted by: quamie | April 30, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

If Wright was a slave he would have been beaten to death by his fellow slaves by now.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Wright speaks mean-spirited, venomous statements against Senator Obama. When Obama 'distanced' himself from his former pastor, he was obviously pained and conflicted. He did the right thing. His lapse of judgment when he did not quit Wright's church 20 years ago is something everyone has to consider.

Wright certainly has hurt Obama's chances at becoming the first Black/White president for the U.S. Think of the possibilities that this may happen. Although young and perhaps inexperienced, he voices the hope of young people and those who feel disenfranchised by Big Government.

A Democrat is better than another Republican Twister that can further destroy our country.

Austin, Texas

Posted by: Olga Olivia Pina | May 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What is it that BO has been saying for the past few week? Oh, yes. Rev Wright's comments were taken out of context. Oh, really BO, just like the comments that Imus made about those girl basketball players was taken out of context.

Remember, BO you jumped on his case immediately, with out considering or knowing what else he said at that time. But that's OK, right??

BO you are a racist coward and so is your wife.

Posted by: Diane | May 1, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been whistling past black anger long enough. He's got to look at it straight on and say some tough things.

First, angry blacks have a point. Look at the issues and sort out the real ones from the perceptions. Get to actual data (Tuskegee, Tulsa, lynchings, other real-live facts) and deal with them - yes, reparations for violations of the law, when an injury can be proven and when there are identifiable plaintiffs. Use the law.

Second, whites - even well-meaning ones - are tired of black anger. We don't feel guilty because we didn't do it. Decades of affirmative action have been applied to it, and there have been some results, but we can't fix everything.

Third, quit working so hard to be offended. If someone is rude to you, it's because they are rude people, not because you are black. Those who would cheat you would cheat me too, simply because we're there.

Fourth, where and on what planet is this level playing field - this meritocracy - that you think exists somewhere? I'll tell you, it doesn't exist for white folks. There is plenty scheming, back-door dealing, and inside chiseling going on today to go around. A "fair chance" is never guaranteed these days, so take your chances like everybody else.

Posted by: Rozinante2 | May 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wright is telling the truth about Cheney the draft dodger and George AWOL Bush other chicken hawks like New and Rush.

Posted by: djw3505 | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Just say "No!" to Osama, Obama, and Chelsea's Mama!

Mark Twain said it best, "There is only one way to look at a politician and that is down".

Posted by: Buckaroo | May 1, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse


Someone From her Campaign, Please Contact the Editor !

In the last election the Pro-Israel lobby financed the Bush Election

In the last election the Military Industrial Complex lobby financed the Bush Election

In the last election the OIL monopolies lobby financed the Bush Election

As a result after Bush's election, they were all given Carte-Blanche to do anything they liked !

All three are out of Control !

The Lobby, the Oil-Cartels and the Military Industrial Complex, are so much out of control, that they now run the Government and no
President elected this time can really stop them.

Since the election of Bush, hundreds of Journalists like me who tell the truth have been assassinated, I can prove it. The result is that

other journalists are afraid to tell the truth or are ultimately financed by one of the above monopolies within the corporate press. The plain ordinary American people as a result, do not know what is really happening in the world and cannot make the informed choices at election time as a result.


Well the big OIL Cartels and Monopolies are financing Obama !

I am not getting paid for this, so you can work the rest out for yourselves.




Posted by: BrianClarkeNUJ | May 1, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company