Sunday, April 27, 2008
Jeremiah Wright is making the rounds, tonight and tomorrow, speaking about how he he is being marked as a bad person for making insulting remarks about his country and other people.
I, for one, am tired of hearing about "The Reverend Wright."
He is a racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic American-hater. Period. End of argument. I do not want to hear that "his statements are taken out of context" - because no one who has made a bigoted remark uses this as an excuse.
Remember Jimmy "The Greek" and his "black athletes" comments some 20 years ago? It was part of a larger argument about blacks in sports, but the Greek made a RACIST COMMENT and that was the end of him.
Remember Trent Lott and his "Strom Thurmond should have been elected President in 1948" comment? He was trying to make an old man feel good after a lifetime of service to his country as a Governor and Senator, yet all the media played was that one line. Was it taken out of context? WHO CARES? It was a RACIST COMMENT and that was the end of Trent Lott as the Senate Majority Leader. He never recovered.
We have a history of plenty of people making comments, off the cuff or not, which were played time and time again, and were their undoing. None of them used the "my words were taken out of context" malarkey.
So, when Jeremiah Wright does it, ask yourself what would happen if John McCain's pastor for 20 years made a racist comment, out of context or not, and how the media would play it.
And if black Americans are fine with this man making anti-white and anti-Semitic comments in their midst - note that none of them in the videos stood up to protest, but applauded his bigotry - then this country is farther apart racially than anyone knows. And that is the legacy of Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama.