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Black Man
05-21-2008, 05:11 PM
When was the last time that you saw a politician asked to denounce a religious leader with whom he or she was associated?

For generations, we have seen a succession of presidents, from both political parties, under the wing of the Rev. Billy Graham.

Historians have recently reported that Graham and his Oval Office acolytes have spoken in racist and xenophobic terms about both Blacks and Jews.

The Rev. Graham recently was lionized as the personal spiritual advisor to presidents, in times of stress, pressure, war and peace.

Neither he, nor his presidential prayer pals have ever been damned or denounced for profoundly racist speech in the palaces of the powerful.

Now, as a Black man begins to climb the greased pole of American political power, he is asked to either defend or denounce a man whom he has known and admired for a generation.

Barack Obama opted for the latter.

He has all but jettisoned the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright from the close circle to the cold periphery of the political realm.

Whence comes this demand for denunciation?

If we are honest, it arises from the specter of white fear, that demand of Black people a higher standard than that of their own.

For what reason has Jeremiah Wright been jettisoned - if not for his proud, open Blackness?

Rev. Wright is an advocate of Black Liberation Theology - a school of Black religious thought that sees the hand of God in the liberation of Black people from bondage.

White Americans are so used to hearing Blacks speak with quiet and pacific tones, that when a man expresses himself fully, as did Rev. Wright, they are, quite frankly, frightened.

(What do they fear, that Blacks will dare remember?)

Through the corporate media talking heads, they demanded that Obama "distance himself" from that scary, Black (uppity?) preacher - and do it fast.

Yowza, boss.

The politics of denunciation is, ultimately, the politics of betrayal. It asks - no - it demands that the candidate denounce those whom the White Nation opposes.

If they don't, then they are presumed to be a supporter of that person, or ideology.

Meanwhile, white conservative preachers can say virtually anything, and calls for denunciation are swallowed into silence.

Former presidential candidate, and Republican supporter, Rev. Pat Robertson, called for the killing of a foreign head of state! (I speak here of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.)

Did the White House denounce this prominent religious supporter? Not to my knowledge (in fact, it would be rather difficult, given the current regime's failed coup d'etat against him).

But Barack, the son of a continental African, cannot be seen calling for Black Liberation; for he seeks not to become leader of the Black Nations, but the world's leading White Nation.

Once again, Blacks, and their deep indigenous concerns, are pushed to the periphery. Their free expression ain't free, for there is a cost.

When I saw his latest dis' of the Rev. Dr. Wright, I thought of a question posed in the Bible, in the words of Jesus of Nazareth speaking to his disciples (in Matthew 16:26): For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?...

What would you do to get a job?

Sky Blue Danny Kid
05-21-2008, 06:01 PM
I thought that this post actually made a lot of good points.

But, Reverend Wright and Obama both know how the game is played, and Wright is not helping matters.

Maybe Obama is "selling out" to become president but MAYBE he is trying to distance himself from an awkward situation so that he can accomplish a much greater good for his country, and at the sametime setting a major milestone for black people.

Obama has the potentiat to do, and probably already has done, a lot more for black people than Wright ever will

TSA
05-21-2008, 06:50 PM
nobody asked obama to denounce him, he did cause rev wright was obama was achieving something beyond him and put his selfish agenda ahead of that of obamas, so when obama saw they weren't on the same boat as far as doing what they gotta do to help get where they gotta get, a split is inevitable

it baffles me that a man can complain about the condition of black people, then they complaining reducing the chance of electing a black president, then he continues.

it's like he doesn't want solutions, just spot time.

VZA
05-21-2008, 07:11 PM
Obama is black, therefore should not be allowed to be president.

That's all I have to say on the matter.

TSA
05-21-2008, 07:12 PM
you dad isn't gonna take too kindly to that

VZA
05-21-2008, 07:13 PM
I joke!



Nobody understands satire these days.