President Obama’s former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright tells youth in a Georgia church that “whites are liars”…over and over again.
Update (John Hayward): In case you’ve forgotten, here’s Barack Obama on Jeremiah Wright, from the damage-control speech he gave after the Reverend’s “God damn America” rant was pushed past the media gatekeepers and into the public eye. Remember, this was hailed as one of the greatest speeches in American history by liberals when Obama delivered it in March 2008:
As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.
I can no more disown him 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.
These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable. I can assure you it is not. I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.
But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
The late Geraldine Ferraro was bounced from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign after she offered her opinion that candidate Obama got sweetheart treatment from the press because he was black.
Does it still not matter to Obama supporters that the President spent thirty years with Wright as his spiritual mentor, and claims he never heard him say anything like this?