Obama’s 1995 Scapegoats, Race, Principles, Values, And Reverend Wright

In 1995, Barack Obama was interviewed on his book Dreams Of My Father.  He discusses the Black Church, his philosophy on the political blame game and race, and how dearly he believes Reverend Jeremiah Wright represents the best of the Black church.

In times of economic scarcity, generally politicians in this counrty right now, want to look for scapegoats, want to organize around race, as opposed to around principles and around values, and I think that is a mistake, and I think that can be countered, but its gonna require the kinds of grassroots mobilization and the kinds of work at a local level that I think I talked about a lot in those chapters on Chicago.

Wonderful man there Reverend Wright

Wright who is my my pastor and he is a wonderful man and I think that’s an example of he is a pastor of a large congregation in Chicago and one  the interesting things that I discovered in my journey to discover my what my identity is and who my father is, is also discovering my own faith which, which is not necessarily a traditional faith, I don’t come out of an institutionalized religious setting.  But what becomes important to me is I worked with churches in the south side of Chicago and low income neighborhoods, is to realize that you know that all the stories and songs of the church, you know that hope that is embodied in church, that the sense of liberation that is embodied in the African,  historically African church is really something that moves me deeply, and I think is probably the main pillar around which a lot of inner cities communities are gonna be built.  And Reverend Wright, my pastor, who I speak about in the chapter in the book, represents the best of what the Black church has to offer.

Obama Speaks Of Rev. Wright In This 1995 Interview

October 27, 2008

Hmm.  Hypocrisy reeks of Obama.

  • “Scapegoats” – Looks like Obama needs to quit looking for scapegoats.   Perhaps Obama should quit using John McCain and George Bush as his scapegoats.  The economic crisis after all was started by Obama and his Democratic cronies!
  • “want to organize around race” – this is exactly what Obama has been doing for the past 2 years.  Rallying to achieve 90% African American vote.  Rallying around social redistribution via Civil Rights.  Now it really makes Obama and his surrogates look really racist.
  • “as opposed to around principles and around values” – John McCain has been running on principles and values consistently, thorughout his entire life, first as a military officer and then as a public official.  Perhaps Obama should consider changing his mantra to the same.
  • “I think that is a mistake” – yes, stop race baiting and pointing blame Obama.
  • “Reverend Wright…the best the Black church has to offer” – No.  Reverend Wright is not.  There are many fine Black churches in this country that far surpass anything Wright has to offer, Wright with his racist, biggoted, and anti-American hate filled rants of a man supposedly of the cloth.  No sir.  Black churches are far better than this; they are in a league outside of Wright’s.

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One response to “Obama’s 1995 Scapegoats, Race, Principles, Values, And Reverend Wright

  1. Hello there,

    What may be shocking to those who are not familiar with the black church is that Dr. Wright is not viewed as a radical preacher among black clergy. He’s not even CLOSE TO BEING in the group of the black radical preachers.

    Dr. Wright is widely and highly respected by black clergy in every black denominations and black clergy who are in white denominations.

    Criticism of government is commonplace in sermons in the black church.

    Criticism of politicians is commonplace in sermons in the black church.

    Criticism of racism is commonplace in sermons in the black church.

    Launching THOSE criticisms does not brand a black preacher a “radical” among the black church community.

    As for Obama’s association with his pastor, I am a minister and I can ASSURE you that these people join church for many reasons. Many join for social reasons. The content of the sermons is not what is the main draw for many who sit in the pews. Ministers like me would love to think it is the main draw.

    In reality, it isn’t. People join because they want to belong to a community of other black professionals – not because they deeply agree with everything they hear in the sermons.

    Many high profile black professionals spend an entire week at their offices being “the minority” and they show up in church because there is catered breakfast in the fellowship hall and plenty of black executives to relax with and have conversation with before they all trickle up the stairs for the church service.

    This is why, after twenty years, Obama could not even explain black liberation theology. He came to church for other reasons. Plenty of people join the church because they love the children’s program and they want their children …who go to school with white kids all week…to have social interact with other black executives’ children. This may seem ODD but these are some of the reasons why the Obamas join churches like Trinity and can’t even explain the doctrine that is presented in the pulpit!!

    The assumption that many whites seem to make is that black people ONLY forge friendships with blacks whose ideologies they share…this is a preposterous assumption…but I’ve noticed that it has gotten quite a bit of traction this year in the media. They are close friends so THAT means they share the same ideologies! Does it really? Really?