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« on: May 02, 2008, 03:51:04 PM »
« on: May 02, 2008, 03:49:52 PM »
How Reverend Wright was wronged
Rev. Wright's words were twisted by the media to portray him as a crackpotRev. Wright's words were twisted by the media to portray him as a crackpot
LAST WEEK, the three cops who murdered Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets on the night before he was to be married were acquitted of all charges. The media, led by the New York Times, called on everyone to respect the verdict. The Times even lectured, "Anger and disappointment are understandable now, but New York's leadership has changed, and community activists need to absorb that fact before they attempt to heat up reaction."
Barack Obama had a similar message when he was asked for his reaction to the shocking verdict.
The senator responded, "Well, look, obviously there was a tragedy in New York. I said at the time, without benefit of all the facts before me, that it looked like a possible case of excessive force. The judge has made his ruling, and we're a nation of laws, so we respect the verdict that came down."
"The most important thing for people who are concerned about that shooting is to figure out how do we come together and assure those kinds of tragedies don't happen again," he continued. "Resorting to violence to express displeasure over a verdict is something that is completely unacceptable and counterproductive."
Politicians and pundits were wringing their hands out of fear that Black outrage over another case of the NYPD getting away with murder might tumble into angry protests and put race back at the center of the presidential campaign.
But days later, the corporate media did just that in their hysterical coverage of several public appearances by Obama's former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
While the acquittal of Sean Bell's lynch mob was greeted with pleas for calm and reflection, Jeremiah Wright got front-paged from coast to coast, and dominated the national news for days. Even Obama, who in a speech on race in March had mildly admonished Wright, called a press conference to attack Wright's "rant" as "appalling and offensive."
The New York Times denounced Wright as "racist" and "paranoid." Liberal Times columnist Bob Herbert, an African American, piled on, calling Wright a "narcissist." Even Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper got to chime in, sneering at Wright for "soaking up his 15 minutes of fame."
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WHAT EXACTLY did Wright say to cause such a crazed reaction, anyway?
After more than a month of media denunciations and racist abuse, Wright came out swinging. He framed the attacks against him as an attack on the Black church and Black religiosity, pointing to a long list of Black religious figures targeted for media and state vitriol--among them, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
Moreover, Wright continued to challenge the hypocrisy of the U.S. government. He talked about U.S. support for the apartheid regime in South Africa and for the murderous right-wing contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s; he complained about the U.S. government spending billions on the war in Iraq while people are going hungry in the U.S.; he decried the U.S. sending 4,000 "boys and girls to die for a lie"; and he denounced unfair sentencing in drug cases that has resulted in 1 million African Americans being imprisoned.
Media pundits picked out two portions of the question-and-answer segment of his appearance at the National Press Club as the basis for declaring that Wright is racist and paranoid.
First, Wright refused to attack Louis Farrakhan, saying, "Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains. He did not put me in slavery. And he didn't make me this color."
Second, while the Times claimed Wright accused the U.S. government of creating AIDS, what he actually said was more damning:
Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything. In fact, in fact, in fact, one of the--one of the responses to what Saddam Hussein had in terms of biological warfare was a non-question, because all we had to do was check the sales records. We sold him those biological weapons that he was using against his own people. So any time a government can put together biological warfare to kill people, and then get angry when those people use what we sold them, yes, I believe we are capable.
Finally, Wright refused to back away from statements comparing Israeli treatment of Palestinians as apartheid--as former President Jimmy Carter has, and anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu as well.
Of course, the media are incapable of engaging and debating Wright's ideas. Instead, like petulant brats, they resort to name-calling.
how naive do u think i am? good lord.. i'm well aware of when b ball players were admitted str8 from hs.. and i know bryant was the first guard admitted... it isn't "natural" for them to be misguided..but i already know that you can't handle that debate so i'll keep it light for the sake of this bs thread..
hmm just wondering.. in contrast to the players of the 80s and 90s..which set of players had more education? which players spoke more articulately thus inspiring young boys both on and off the court?
and hands down the players of the 80s and 90s outshine these new cats anyday.. kobe is definitely a beast on the court..i'll give him that.. but he couldn't outshine jordan in his prime... jordan knew what it was like to be part of a team...
these days it's whatever team v bryant.. period..
« on: May 01, 2008, 12:41:52 PM »
my argument was never that Obama wanted to be politically expedient (a point he's brow beating now btw lol).. rather he did exactly what he had to do in order to garner "confused" (insert eye roll ) white voters in the "easiest" way possible for him...easy of course is subjective as there's clearly backlash from the amount of time he took to do so..however had he taken the stance that the majority of the members of the church feel..he'd supposedly run the risk of kissing his campaign goodbye.. in other words he's playing the game that he has to play right now.. does that mean he agrees with the comments in question? of course not.. that's never been my argument.. i'm not Obama and i don't know what's running through his head.. but i do know that what he's done is contradict earlier comments regarding this matter.. and to me that's almost as bad as "mis-speaking" about Bosnia... it calls one's character into question and in turn validates every single question that has been posted regarding "why did u stay in 'that' church for 20 yrs... by siding with the media spin on the matter he in turn sells himself out for the sake of voters.. which goes back to the questions i posed originally to cui (who's yet to answer) about Americans being unable to make their own decisions while falling for the okedoke that the left and right are trying to create Obama = Wright.. and that's a gross misconception...
personally i'd much rather hear Michelle speak at this point.. http://youtube.com/watch?v=ifLZ7JQXv38&feature=user her brutal honesty is something that her husband can take notes on..
« on: April 30, 2008, 02:27:35 PM »
He should have left “what Obama stuff out?” he was asked a question and he responded in kind.. u still haven’t told me what a “man of God” is supposed to do.. esp when he receives death threats.. bomb threats @ the church he built.. invasion of privacy by broadcasting the location and aerial views of his home on television.. obama hasn’t been thrown under a bus.. wright didn’t lie.. obama did what he supposedly had to do in order to garner the security of those supposed scared white voters.. big bad black man scary u know… racist bigot preacher yada yada.. I know what obama did on march 18th.. I heard the speech like everyone else..that has nothing to do with yesterday..
So what do u think Wright is gaining from this since u’re saying he’s getting personal gain.. what say you ? as for “preaching in this manner’.. Wright’s sermons have aired on TVOne every Sunday morning for the past two yrs.. he’s been interviewed on nightline yrs ago.. and he’s done magazine interviews through the yrs.. and as I said before he’s always spoken on a regular basis at various functions.. so what’s new?
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:40:54 AM »
like i said..they're already @ it http://youtube.com/watch?v=6qX1SBgBg-E&feature=user