Obama and his pastor..

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Obama’s pastor and spiritual advisor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who married the candidate and baptized both of his children, has made some extremely controversial comments about 911, American foreign policy and Hillary Clinton.

Rev.Wright in trying to fire up and motivate his congregation on behalf of Obama made this insensitive and racially charged comment about Hillary Clinton, ” Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary would never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a n**ger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person.”

Now, we can argue the merits of this statement which is akin to saying that a white person will never understand what it’s like to be black in America (of which I can talk about from now till the end of time…lol) but in the end I have to say that a statement like this, in this particular context, from this particular individual, should not have been made in the first place.

And Obama should, quite rightly, distance himself from such comments he’s tried to do that for the entire day via press releases and on blogs but that’s not enough.

In addition to those avenues Obama should take the opportunity tonight, when he appears on MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to reject and repudiate (those two words are quite popular this week aren’t they..lol) the statements of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. On a current blog  Obama states that he believes, ‘ that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit…I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.’

He should reiterate this once again tonight just to hammer home the point that he’s not just running for president of the African American community he’s running to be president of America!

Obama and those around him should remember that in order for him to achieve the presidential post he cannot allow himself  to be labelled as just another ‘black politician running for president’. Obama cannot win by just garnering the black vote. He can only win by amassing the majority vote and some of these comments by Rev.Wright and others could ultimately marginalize and confine Obama as ‘just another angry black guy’ and cost him the presidency.

And the more time he spends talking about and defending statements made by his surrogates, campaign staff and associates and even in some cases associates of his opponent, on race, detracts from his overall message and his policy agenda!

In addition Obama, his surrogates and any one with even the slightest association with the campaign must remember that Obama is not running to be the president of the African American community he’s running to become the president of the United States of America and he can’t achieve that if other communities believe that he can’t or wouldn’t represent their best interests of the United States as well as the interest of the black community.

Obama, ultimately will have to put country first and community second and of that there should be no disagreement!

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13 thoughts on “Obama and his pastor..

  1. Sorry my friend. The red flags have already gone up. Obama’s long time association with a pastor that is clearly racist, has taken it’s toll. You can’t erase that.

  2. So let me get this straight, I should vote for Obama only as an American and just forget all that silly Negro foolishness. I thought that in this country I was allowed to be of African descent with all that entails and an American.

  3. Hi Eshowoman,

    In a way, yes..

    Although I don’t think that ‘silly negro foolishness’ is the way to define what the Rev said…

    And in no way am I suggesting that we still don’t have issues to discuss in regards to race.

    Instead I am suggesting that we have to prioritize and our main priority, at this point in time, is getting the first black man elected to the presidency and that can’t or wouldn’t be acheived if a significant number of the American populace think he’s racist and many of these comments can be taken and utilised agains Obama and ultimately harm his chances of achieving the ultimate political office!

    Thanks for the comment eshowoman, can’t wait to hear your response..

  4. Hi citizenwells,

    You really do think that Obama is irreparably damaged?

    If he is then so should John Mccain since he is associated with vehemently anti-catholic Pastor John Hagee don’t you agree?

    P.S Citizen Kane is my favorite movie of all time!! Go Orson!!!

  5. I came here with specific hope that you had blogged about this….

    I am a staunch Obama campaigner fundraiser canvasser and supporter! However, the Pastor’s comments of HRC did not by any means sit well with me. There’s a place and time for everything…

    I was saddened that only a few of the Senator’s supporters that I personally know felt the same as I did. They had a reason/explanation/rebuttal for it all.

    From, the past words of Bill & Hillary Clinton, Geraldine F., you name it. But, at the end of the day Wrights words were scathing and scorching. I understand much of what he is saying, no matter how controversial that it maybe. I’ve researched him and listened to his sermons, but it’s all in how you say it.

    I don’t feel Romney McCain or Obama, along with anyone else should have to denounce their religion or faith. Remember, Church and State is supposedly Separate.

    And, I’ll say it here and everyone can boo me, but “IF” HRC’s pastor (retired or not) would have said those words about presidential hopeful Barack Obama, our community would scream “Off With Her Head!” It wouldn’t matter that she did not utter those words – Guilt By Association.

    I caught the Senator tonite on Keith O. I felt good in the way he handled this. Barack Obama is ‘consistent’. And, I don’t believe HRC would have spoken as truthfully and as eloquently, as he.

    Okay…Now yall can rip me into shreds. Thanks, for blogging about this.

  6. Dear blackliberal,
    I am not an Obama supporter because he is African American or because his election would be a historic event. I support Barack Obama because of his stand on the issues that plague this country.
    Media pundits keep discussing the black vote but no one seems interested finding what we are voting for. There are several issues on his platform that could put African Americans a level playing field. Obama wants to eliminate the disparity between jail sentences for crack and powder cocaine. He also wants to abolish the vast disparity in public school funding and and make college affordable again. I also like his emphasis on reviving national service for young adults.
    These policy changes would benefit the entire nation but it is easy to paint them as “black only'” racism. How long will it be before he has to reject, denounce and repudiate these campaign promises?

  7. Having watch just portions of Obama interviews tonight, my brain hurts when people try to insult my intelligence, the man is contradicting himself in his denials.

    Obama now says that he came to know about his pastor’s statements once he got into the presidencial race. Is that why he “dis-invited” him to the ceremony where he announced his intention to run? That’s odd.

    Obama says he never heard those comments in church. Really? In 20 years, he never said anything like that? Sure.

    But, besides that, Obama and his Pastor had multiple private conversations over those 20 years, it never came up? What did they talk about? Hookers and basketball?!?

    As I said before, Obama ain’t ready, maybe in 4 or 8 years. If nominated now, all he will do is left himself be slaughtered by the Republicans and ruin his potential future political carreer.

    I understand Black America is overdue in getting a USA president, all of us are, but waiting a few more years in the grand scheme of things is not such a terrible thing. I’m sure he’ll learn a thing or two as a vice-president.

    Saivan (Miami)

  8. First of all, I am glad that the country has evolved such that people of all skin colors and sex can run on their credentials. In reality there is no such thing as black & white. The only race is the human race. We are all accountable for our actions. I have never called Obama a racist. However, multiple red flags have been raised. What we need in this country is the best president for all of the country. If that person has a darker skin color or is female, so be it. We need the best, most qualified, person and we all need to vote for that person. Character does indeed matter.

  9. It’s a shame that the good works of this man and church for more than 20 years has been tainted by two minutes worth of soundbites.

    With that being said I don’t know if Obama can recover from this. He is the best person for the job but now he is the “militant” black candidate.

    On another note is anyone else tired of Juan (No1 apologist for black folks) Williams?

  10. Hi leantotheleft,

    Thanks for the comment.

    If that label ‘militant black candidate’ sticks to Obama..I can honestly say his candidacy will be all over and in regards to Juan Williams, he has said many things that I agree with, I even read his book Enough which I found quite interesting and somewhat accurate to be honest..

    But I will agree with you that at time Mr.Williams can be quite an apologist but I believe that the atmosphere also contributes to a number of his statements..

    I don’t know if you’ve read the other comments on this post, but I have to say that I agree with Vicki she rightly pointed out that if the shoe had been on the other foot and one of Clinton’s supporters had uttered those statements, we would be crying foul and we would be calling for their head.

    And to me the fact that the current church leaders are trying to defend his comments is the height of hypocrisy and this hypocrisy has got to end if the racial issues (one such issue is the pervasive discrimination in the criminal justice system) that continue to plague our community are to be resolved once and for all and more importantly if we are to succeed in getting Obama elected.

    We can’t and shouldn’t shine a spotlight on racial issues or statements if we aren’t willing to have that same spotlight, shone on our faces..

    For too long in the more recent past, many members in our community have felt that the entire white community is fair game and that lumping most white people, with a few exceptions, into that ‘racist’ category was ok that has got to change or that making racist, derogatory comments about whites was acceptable. It isn’t.

    If it demeans or degrades or is just plainly racist, sexist or homophobic it shouldn’t be said.

    It’s wrong! It’s wrong! It’s wrong!

    Times and issues have changed.

    The white community (historical, entrenched, instiutional racism) is no longer the enemy our enemy is within unless we address the ‘real issues’ confronting our community (economic empowerment, reducing HIV/AIDS rate, education levels,) we might win a few battles but in the long run we will lose the war..

  11. Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters say that Wright’s comments are racially divisive. That opinion is held by 77% of White voters and 58% of African-American voters. Last Thursday, 52% of voters nationwide had a favorable opinion of Obama. That figure has fallen to 47% on Monday – Barack Obama has decided to give a speech tomorrow to discuss the Rev. jeremiah Wright comments and address “the larger Issue of race.” He thinks he can take the basic Christian principle and turn it into race. He is too smart for himself, he is talking himself into a politician.
    This Issue is that Christians are taught that the pulpit is a scared place to preach the word of God. The word of God teaches not to use the Lords name in vain. A basic rule from the ten commandments. The Rev. Wright has not only used the Lords name in vain he also preached for the damning of his country. And continued to curse from the pulpit.
    Obama’s rejection of Rev. Wrights comments came with praises as well. These statements have been blurry in that he does not seem to understand that his race and religion are not being attacked. The methodology of delivery with words considered blasphemy is what has made people repel from Rev. Wright. With more than 85% of Americans identifying themselves as Christians there is no reason the Obama camp should be serious about “the larger issue being race.”
    Instead what will he do to unite us? These are not “just words.” This might be a mistake by the Obama campaign. Campaigns cannot afford to make the big mistakes, especially not understanding their constituents.

  12. “And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,”

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