Jeremiah Wright’s Speech on Race, and What It Says about Nominations

Today on The Corner, the folks over at National Review are unhappy with Jeremiah’s Wright’s speech on race at the NAACP convention in Detroit, Michigan. Wright, of course, is Barack Obama’s pastor, the man who converted Obama to Christianity, and thus indirectly led to Obama’s hooker-in-the-trunk moment as well as Senator Obama’s disasterous speech on race.

Hiphopmusic.com has posted the complete video of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s speech to the NAACP, and I encourage you to view the whole thing. The most interesting part begins four minutes into the second ten minutes:

As of this morning I could not find a full-text transcript of it, though criticisms by Byron York:

… I too was struck by Rev. Wright’s discussion of education in the Detroit speech last night. He drew some rather stereotyped distinctions in the way white and black children learn — white children learn diagrams and numbers, while black children memorize reams of hip-hop lyrics. He was dead serious about it.

And Victor Davis Hanson:

One of the strangest things about the NAACP Wright pseudo-scientific speech on learning, and its enthusiastic CNN coverage and analysis, was the abject racialism of Wright. It was sort of an inverse Bell-Curve presentation, based on assumed DNA differences.

His convoluted explanation of African-American right-brain ‘oral’ culture as more creative, musical, and spontaneous versus European left-brain traditional analysis could never have been given by someone white to that audience without justifiably earning booing and catcalls.

Three comments: this was just the sort of racist ‘genetic’ difference that most Americans learned to shun, now apparently quite acceptable again, and part of the mainstream.

Made me curious.

All in all, I came away impressed by Wright’s intelligence, humor, and intellectual ruggedness. Wright’s speech also made me more alarmed about him. Wright is a black nationalist, skeptical of international nationbuilding (it’s not deficient… just different), emphatic that American blacks speak a language other than English (not a dialect, a language), and aggressive in defending black “learning styles,” that involve jumping up on desks and eschew “meaningless solutions” like “reading, writing, and ritalin.”

Wright’s speech to the NAACP made me more nervous about an Obama administration. Obama is clearly comfortable enough with racist-progressives like Wright, in spite of the political costs they inflict. Where does this end? Nominations to Department of Education? Justice? State?