Today at the National Press Club, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright gave another public testimony about who he is and what he believes. I thought it was a great speech and feel like he addressed the Q&A session succinctly and honestly. I also felt the same way last night as I heard his speech at the NAACP dinner in Detroit and the Bills Moyer interview on PBS. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans who read people like Michelle Malkin you didn’t get that message.
This is the most disheartening thing, emotion, and reality. Why is it that two different ears hear two different things. I truly believe that it has a lot to do with the individual. People tend to see and hear what they want to, even if it is clearly made manifest to the majority.
As it relates to Pastor Wright and by extension Senator Obama, I believe that those who still condemn Wright as if he said nothing to clarify his position or anything truthful, who are also the same ones that still criticized Senator Obama after his historic speech in Philadelphia, have not and will not change their minds because in their minds and their hearts they have already decided the matter.
It doesn’t matter what is said in context or otherwise, these people are the biggest obstacle to race. These were the first ones calling Rev. Wright a racist because of his comments about America as if by condemning American policy or action he was somehow talking about white people.
These same people are quick to condemn people such as Reverend Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton as those who always place the race card. Yet, it is they who are using race to fuel their indignation and condemnation of a man because he speaks about the struggles of blacks from a black theological perspective, all the while reminding the listeners and his congregation that we are all God’s children regardless of race or religion.
It’s blatant hypocrisy and self projection onto others. It makes zero sense to call a man a racist who is espousing that we are all the same before God. Yet, these same call Jeremiah Wright un-patriotic, even though he served honorably in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy. In the context of American History, Patriotism never means that one must always agree with their government. If that was the case, we would all be loyal citizens of the British Crown.
What Reverend Wright and Senator Barack Obama have done was to expose that which we have swept under the rug for so long. We love to talk about the progress in America, but fail to address what Dr. Condoleeza Rice declared “A birth defect”. As long as we are unwilling to face our issues of race, we will continue to slumber and stumble in our ignorance. When this moment in time has passed, I would like to know how many are willing to state that racism is dead.
The venom being spewed about Wright or Obama is pure unadulterated Racism covered and masked under the guise and a myriad of terms, concepts, and ideas, in order to cover the evil that makes one a roadblock on America’s path to recovery.
If we do not seize this moment in history, we will be history.
So for the sake of truth below is the transcript of the speech Rev. Jeremiah Wright gave at the National Press Club and related videos from YouTube for this event and the NAACP Dinner.
May God open our hearts and minds.
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB SPEAKER BREAKFAST WITH THE REVEREND DR. JEREMIAH WRIGHT, SENIOR PASTOR OF THE TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS