Andy Sullivan summed it up better than I can…
“If Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, some in the GOP will want to make an issue of his race – not merely because of racism, but because in their desire to maintain power they have a record of using every weapon to hand. They will have to tread very carefully, of course. It could backfire. So much of this will take the form of legitimate questions that nonetheless help impress upon white voters that this guy is black. You saw it with the 24-hour news cycle emphasis on his recent preaching in a black church (a pretty major non-event that accrued more interest than a serious energy speech); and you will see it in references to the congregation he has long belonged to in Chicago. Again: legitimate coverage of legitimate issues, but loaded with the racial angle. Fox News will lead the way. They already are.”
They already are will take you to a very Fox’s coverage of Obama speaking at his church, pastored by Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I guess they want to let Rep. votes know that Obama is “really black” because he goes to a “Black Church” and worships with black folk…instead of a integrated church or better yet, a white congregation. I mean, nothing is blacker than “Black Church”, right? Nothing is scarier than black folks worshipping….you know they are all jumping and hollering. Oh My!
</sarcasm> Bwahahaha!…Fox News is a mess.
“Obama has written and spoken about being inspired by the preaching of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., and his calls to “spur social change.” The title of Obama’s second book, “The Audacity of Hope,” which essentially launched his presidential bid, was taken from a sermon by Wright.
Baptized in Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama has been an active member for two decades, regularly attending services with his family under Wright’s spiritual mentorship.
Some of Wright’s sermons, which often address themes of white supremacy and black repression, have come under scrutiny by those who interpret them as racially divisive. Such preaching, they believe, polarizes Americans rather than unites them.
“Wright’s preaching does promote a sort of racial exclusivity,” said Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.
“Statements that suggest you cannot truly understand God unless you are black or poor are exclusive.””
White supremacy…really? I’ve heard Rev. Wright many, many times over the years, as he comes to Howard University at least once a year. I think white supremacy is a very loaded word, and using is…divisive. How is it racially divisive to talk about blacks being oppressed and whites having an unfair advantage based on institutionalized racism in America. Sounds like truth to me, and preachers are supposed to preach the truth. Oh, I guess you’re just not supposed to talk about racism, because to do so is divisive. If that is true, Fox shouldn’t have reported on this story in this manner.
The comment by Michael Cromartie is just sad. What educated person would assert that you must be black and poor to understand God. Come on!!! That’s just dumb. Mr. Cromartie, what sermon did you listen to where that was espoused?
I’m sure they know that Rev. Wright preaches on more than just race…God and Jesus perhaps.
Wait a sec. No, I guess not. This is Fox News, what was I thinking. They just tell the stories the way they want, they way they want, for a “specific” audience.
See, you can elude to race without noting race. It’s easy.