Friday, April 04, 2008

40 years later

An excerpt from a speech delivered by an angry black preacher:

God didn't call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war. . . . And we are criminals in that war. We've committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. But God has a way of even putting nations in their place.
...and if you don't stop your reckless course, I'll rise up and break the backbone of your power.


No; this didn't come from the now villified minister of Sen. Obama, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. This came from the one and only Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Source

As we commenerate his death -- 40 years to this date -- we should ask ourselves how the media would respond to this passage from Dr. King. Lord knows they still refuse to lay Rev. Wright's "anti-American" comments to bed.

- ACL

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Kenya said...

I was starting to wonder where you were. Welcome back. :)

To address your post, I was thinking the same thing. That's why I sat back and laughed each time I saw Rev. Wright attacked for his comments. I kept thinking to myself he's not the first (nor the last) fiery preacher to say what he's said. Even many white evangelical ministers say similar things without the conservative media so much as batting an eyelash.

Kenya said...

Before I forget, I LOVE the Ralph Wiggum thing off to the side! He's so funny!

Malik said...

This is one reason that I hope this controversy never dies. I think examining the intersection of race, religion, and nationalism will expose America's deepest internal contradictions and provoke a critical assessment of our nation's policies that many leaders hoped would never happen.

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Greeneyes said...

My Green-eyed King ,
You still like stirring the big boiling pot!! LOL
Was this Comment made public at the time ?
It is true , for that time and actually could be used today !

Pity, it shows how much hasnt changed , in fact ,gotten worse:(



Hope your well , you were MISSED .
Nice to see you my way again :)

God Bless

G

KC said...

When Pat Robertson; using his bully pulpit; called for the assasination of Hugo Chavez, America just strugged its shoulders.

Meanwhile, Jeremiah Wright is preaching strictly from a painful history of racism and Jim Crow and he's somehow being un-patriotic. Just a little context for you. American hypocrisy and its "deepest internal contradictions" hits it right on the head in describing this ongoing story.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

i dont think a diamond should be expected either. nice blog hope u dont mind me stopn through, , chk meout one day, and if u like what u read feel free to add me to yourblog roll and i willb back40 on 40.

Andre said...

@ Kenya: Good point about white evangelicals. I've always been curious to see what we can find if we did an audit of Clinton and McCain's ministers' sermons.

@ Malik and KC: What's interesting to me is not necessarily the hypocritical component of people's analysis on Rev. Wright. Instead, what I'm interested in seeing is how people will remember Wright 50 years from now. If you recall, Dr. King was widely reviled by folks just prior to his assassination. J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI had documented instances of planting wiretaps and spreading demeaning rumors. Spiro Agnew called King a "nattering nabob of negativity". Many people opposed King's anti-Vietnam stance. He simply was not well-liked. But death has a way of bestowing nobility on even the most socially detested people.

I wonder if the same can be expected for Rev. Wright.

@ Greeny: "Pity, it shows how much hasnt changed , in fact ,gotten worse:("

I agree and disagree. On the one hand, there is still TONS of reconciliation that needs to come about. But I can't deny that there has been considerable progress in the world as well. Much of that progress can be attributed to people like Dr. King. So that's why it bothers me when someone like Rev. Wright has a similar position as a person like Dr. King, they're met with harsh attacks.

@ Torrence: Welcome to my spot. I'll be sure to check your site out as well.