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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quote of the Day: Jeremiah Wright & the Black Community

Today's quote of the day comes from Jonah Goldberg on NRO's The Corner, talking about issues of race as they pertain to the kerfuffle involving Barack Obama and his pastor:
First, it is complete nonsense that Jeremiah Wright speaks for the entire black community or the black church, whatever that is.

But, second and more important, if that were true then shame on the black church and the black community too. I am so sick of hearing talking heads saying that Wright's sermons are nothing unusual in black churches as if that somehow makes what he says ok. It's as if something disgusting and untrue is outrageous if one person believes it, but it's suddenly respectable if lots of people — or lots of black people — believe it. Hogwash.

(Funny how it's not a defense of evangelical Christians to say of Pat Robertson's blather "that sort of thing is said in white churches every Sunday.")

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  • At 4/30/2008 7:49 PM, Blogger OregonGuy said…

    Thank you for broaching the subject...

    Having taken a stance against racism a long time ago...having read the "Auschwitz Diaries", I am stunned by what Reverend Wright, and through him his protege, have brought back to current life.

    The idea of "race" as difference was never a thought I was brought up with. Racial discrimination was a straw man, and for that I suppose I must thank my father.

    There was a time in the '70's when racial differences were put on the front burner in high schools, the result of the unintended consequences of forced bussing. Whatever the unintended consequences, though (at least on the West coast, in my own humble belief) it is perhaps possible--although I'm reliant upon those from the South and Northeast--that bussing has led to a recognition that racial discrimination is a valueless waste of time, people and emotion. Forced integration.

    Perhaps you can remember the time when the phrase "forced integration" carried worrisome, and undeniably real, threats. If you look at the Democratic field of presidential candidates in 1976, you get an idea of the cauldron of bitterness that faced that political party.

    Now, that party, is again dealing in racial issues. And on several levels, it feels like a return to the horrible days of 1976. I don't get the feeling that we're overcoming racial divides. This is disappointing on too many levels.

    We, as a nation, will get through this...but it will be interesting to see how the unintended consequences of this racial debate among Democrats shakes out.


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