Obama Disowns Jeremiah Wright, but not Black Liberation Theology

Remember Obama’s dead hooker in the trunk moment, followed by his awful speech on race?

I can no more disown him [Rev. Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

Apparently, what Obama meant was “At a certain point, if what somebody says such things… then that’s enough.” Because Obama has disowned Jeremiah Wright.

Obama’s displayed disasterous judgment, from originally joining the TUCC klavern to defending Wright as of 11:30 last night. Not only did he open himself up to serious question regarding his circle of friends — he embarrassed his supporters, who had to defend him while he defended that bigot.

The Campaign Spot at National Review notes that Obama’s criticisms of Wright that we heard moments ago was more or less what I wanted to hear in the Philadelphia speech.” Remember the Obama echo chamber, which dismissed criticism of Wright as those of sheltered white people frightened by a scary black man? Obama was perfectly happy for race-baiting by his supporters before he thought the Indiana primary might actually matter. But the political winds change, real damage to political discourse is done, and Obama has revealed himself to be even a worse political character than Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s style is so bad that it will hurt the country.

What’s sickening is that Obama’s continues his race-baiting two-step. During the Q&A, Obama was directly asked about Black Liberation Theology, and avoided the question. He’s still trying to have it both ways.

17 thoughts on “Obama Disowns Jeremiah Wright, but not Black Liberation Theology”

  1. Jeffrey,

    The transcript of the Obama press conference is up [1]. It sounded to me like Obama was refusing to acknowledge Wright as Obama’s own and repudiating him [2]. Take this segment, for instance:

    What we saw yesterday out of Reverend Wright was a resurfacing and, I believe, an exploitation of those old divisions. Whatever his intentions, that was the result. It is antithetical to our campaign. It is antithetical to what I am about. It is not what I think America stands for.

    And I want to be very clear that, moving forward, Reverend Wright does not speak for me. He does not speak for our campaign. I cannot prevent him from continuing to make these outrageous remarks, but what I do want him to be very clear about, as well as all of you and the American people, is that when I say that I find these comments appalling, I mean it.

    It contradicts everything that I am about and who I am. And anybody who has worked with me, who knows my life, who has read my books, who has seen what this campaign is about, I think, will understand that it is completely opposed to what I stand for and where I want to take this country.

    [1] http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/04/29/transcript-obama-press-conference-on-jeremiah-wright/
    [2] http://www.answers.com/disown&r=67

  2. The worst part about Wright’s rhetoric is the pure ignorance and lack of appreciation it displays. He should count his lucky stars that America behaves in an imperialistic manner. The only reason that segregation ended, is due to the imperialistic ambitions of America. The American citizen sure didn’t wish to live next to blacks. The reason for ending segregation was for rhetorical reasons. How can America “spread democracy” while having segregation?

    American imperialism also guards our geopolitical and investment interest. America is very wealthy, but if it wasn’t, would Americans feel peachy about racial transfer payments? I don’t think so. Every black scholarship given by this government is the result of American wealth. Without wealth, there is no tolerance. Imagine an America that didn’t have our wealth, how long would the rate of interracial rape be 99.9% black on white?[1]

    Nowhere in the world do Africans live better than the US. This country treats its Africans better than anyone except the elite. Not only do they receive countless benefits and opportunities, they also get excused for bad behavior.

    The day I fear is the day White America looses its tolerance. Guilt always turns to hate. Forty years of white guilt pressed on White America is a lot of hate. A change in economic conditions will unleash this hate.

    Wright is also a BIG time hypocrite. He hates white America so much that he actually lives in a 10,000sf house in the middle of white America. It doesn’t get more white than the neighborhood he lives in. So it seems when it comes to a community to live in, white America ain’t that bad? Why doesn’t he live among the “chosen” black people? Maybe he’s like the “typical white American” who watches their back around black people?

  3. Seerov,

    Your points are taken.

    Omaha’s news recently was a student who was shot in my mouth during soccer practice. Knowing something anything about Omaha’s demographics, I (correctly) predicted the shooting occurred in North-East Omaha.

    The question then becomes: what must be done? Alerting the world to sad facts and worrying about what happens if America declines in wealth is fine, but it is not constructive.

    What social and political decisions should be made?

  4. Reverend Wright was right about Marching bands. I’ll be back to address your question later. Think, I must….

  5. Wright’s definitely a well-read man. I got to use his discussion of tones and scales in a senior-level seminar last night, discussing the difference between structural similarities and surface similarities in analogical transfer.

  6. Due to Barack Obama’s poor handling of the reverend Wright issue, he has only got one option left to explain how he sat in the pews for 20 years while his pastor spewed his hateful, paranoid, racist, anti-American poison.

    Barack Obama will have to go with the Homer Simpson defense. In one episode the Reverend Lovejoy asked Homer Simpson if he had listened to any of the sermons over the years. Homer replied that during the sermons he usually slept or spent his time mentally undressing the female parishioners. It’s not a great option, but I don’t think Obama has any others at this point.

  7. I’m pretty sure an honest defense from Obama would sound like this:

    “You’re all foolish, but in a good way. Your poor living conditions, the unjust economic system under which you toil, and your perceived inability to do anything about it, leads you to seek solace in non-economic activities. For some, this can be emotionally charged but misguided and divisive political activities, such as black nationalism or opposition to immigration. For others, you channel your hopes and dreams to belief in a Trinity or some other Godhead. I won’t bother to convince you that your positions are misguided, because that is pointless: your positions are determined by your economic conditions and the social institutions that shape your lives. Rather, I am seeking your vote so that I can change the economic infrastructure that leads to your poor state, and I hope that I can utilize the social networks you created in pursuit of your foolish guiding ideals to help me do that.”

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