Wright and Obama: A Union of Thought
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"The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation." - Senator Obama on The Huffington Post
I wrote about that statement in my blog here, in which I called Barack a liar for it. Shortly thereafter, Senator Obama delivered his now-famous race speech, A More Perfect Union, which I wrote about here. Here is an excerpt from the speech:
"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."
Senator Obama, A More Perfect Union"
Today at Powerline there's a post up about the Senator's first sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ, which he wrote about in his autobiography Dreams of My Father. This sermon excerpt was also previously discussed at The Corner.
Read on for an excerpt ...
“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, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…That’s the world! On which hope sits!”
Senator Obama was inspired by the sermon that day. He was moved, and joined the Church. John at Powerline notes, "By his own account, Obama wasn't repelled by Wright's racism, it was the very quality that drew Obama to Wright's church!"
The Senator has yet to move on from that first sermon's theme. He's blaming "greed", white racist greed you know, for the housing crisis. Yet he would have us believe that he'd have left the church if Reverend Wright had stayed. Why?
Senator Obama never repudiated the message about overarching white racism as the driving motivational force in America. His speech, his blog post, and his media statements don't treat that theme derisively, or with dismissal, or even with the intimation that Wright is wrong about it. Just that he ought to have more hope that someday it will change. He's isn't Obama enough, that's all.
In his speech about race, Senator Obama used some clever phrasing and a beautiful concept to cover an ugly truth. Twenty years ago, young Barack Obama was inspired by a message. That message is the same message the Wright Reverend has preached ever since, and its thematic elements are evident in all other aspects of the Senator's life. Senator Obama can't lead us to a more perfect union or bridge the racial divide. He doesn't repudiate or condemn Reverend Wrights divisive worldview. He has spent twenty years staking a claim to it, and figuring out pretty packages with which to deliver it to the White House.