Seriously, folks. I’m not just being sarcastic and asking out of anger.
I want someone to show me exactly what was so racist, bigoted and hatemonging about what Dr. Jeremiah Wright said.
I know why Senator Obama repudiated his words, but that, in my opinion, was primarily a political move. He did so because he had to do it. And it’s not that the Senator feels exactly the same way — he doesn’t — but he understands the context in which the words were said, which is why he didn’t completely denounce him altogether.
But enough about the Senator himself.
I read quite a bit about the ongoing Democrat race, and after every story I see a myriad of posts of people defending and attacking both sides of whoever is being talked about. But one thing I don’t see enough of is an explanation of exactly what White folks are upset about with reference to Dr. Wright and his infamous quotes.
Here they are… I’ll post them all for easy consumption.
Now let me just say for the record, I don’t agree with all of this. Most of it is pretty inflammatory. And many of these are blanket generalizations, hard to prove and difficult to swallow. Some of it is blind accusation, particularly the bit about the government and the AIDS virus.
But I cannot find any concrete racism and really only a little prejudice in it.
So someone explain it to me… please.
(quotes courtesy of the Bumpshack.com):
“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.”
“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.” (Sep 2001)
“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, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” (2003)
“In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just ‘disappeared’ as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns.” (magazine article)
“Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!…We [in the U.S.] believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God.” (sermon)
“Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary would never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person.”
“Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us. No he ain’t! Bill did us, just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty.” (sermon)
“The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.”
I’ll even throw in a Youtube video. Please someone… explain this to me.