Barack Obama's former pastor and adviser to his campaign has the magnet for controversy since news arose concerning anti-American comments he made after 9/11 and other controversial statements. He resigned from his campaign position and the Senator condemned the comments. This issue isn't dying however. People I'm listening to are saying they aren't happy with Obama's position. On one hand I think we have to accept the fact he has apologized, condemned the statements and removed Rev. Wright from his campaign staff but many continue to be bothered by this.
The central question, as I hear it, has to do with the act Barack Obama attended this church for 20 years and his children were baptized by Rev. Wright. According to his campaign though, "he wasn't aware at the time. He was made made aware during the campaign and condemned them. He remains with this church community." (March 16, 2008 media conference call)
On Sunday Rev. Wright's congregation stood up for him and called the controversy "a modern day lynching." They obviously love and respect their preacher:
The world is only seeing this tiny piece of him," Moss said. "Right now, we are all being vilified. This isn't just about Trinity, isn't just about [Wright]. This is an attack on the African American church tradition, and that's the way we see it. This is an attempt to silence our voice."
I'm not Black and I pretend to understand the Black experience in White America. I'm attempting to find my own opinion of all of this amidst the racial reality of this country. Oppression of all minorities and of women in this country is strong and virulent. I've seen it here in these comment threads and I delete false, misleading, racist and sexist comments regarding this race especially.
Rev. Wright made 4,000 sermons and some have been isolated for public condemnation. I'm looking at this from the standpoint of having written about 3700 blog articles. Someone could easily cherry pick a few comments, in or out of context, and paint me as some radical also. The campaign said this: "These comments aren't the totality of who he is."
No, they aren't. They are what they are however and they must be condemned. I suppose the bottom line is this: we caucasians have no concept of what it's like to be Black, Hispanic or Asian in our society. We have no idea what it takes to be accepted as equals, to gain respect or survive in a culture infused with racism.
Let's all be more tolerant and accepting, of everyone, everywhere. When we do people like Rev. Wright won't feel the need to make such statements.