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Pastor to the President?


When the assassination of John F. Kennedy horrified a nation, Black Muslim Minister Malcolm X declared it payback for America's violence in the world, a case of "chickens coming home to roost."

"Being an old farm boy myself," said Malcolm, "chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad, they've always made me glad."

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright surely had Malcolm's words in mind when, the Sunday after the 9-11 massacre of 3,000 Americans, he declared this, too, was a case of "America's chickens ... coming home to roost."

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."

So Wright told his congregation on Sept. 16, 2001.

In a sermon delivered at the Howard University chapel on Jan. 15, 2006, reports Ron Kessler of NewsMax, Wright "blamed America for starting the AIDS virus, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society that would never elect a black candidate president." Wright told the Howard students:

"Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president ... and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body.

"America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. ... We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional killers. ... We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against (Fidel) Castro and (Muammar) Ghadhafi. ... We put (Nelson) Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority, and believe it more than we believe in God.

"We started the AIDS virus. ... We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty." Thus did the Rev. Wright conclude.

This virulent strain of anti-Americanism and Afroracism has long fed the rage, resentment and paranoia in precincts of black America, which manifests itself in the horrendous (and hidden) statistics of black-on-white crime in America.

Nothing exceptional there.

What is exceptional is that Wright is the spiritual father of Barack Obama, the pastor, teacher and mentor who brought Barack into the church, married him and Michelle, baptized their children and has been a confidant to the man who would be America's president.

For 20 years, Barack has attended Wright's church, listened to his weekly sermons, entertained him in his home. Yet, says Barack, he never heard any racist rants at church, nor was he aware that Wright held so poisoned a view of his country.

Sorry, that is not credible. Wright is a famous preacher in black America, and Barack's denial he was aware of his views marks him down either as a dissembler or a man so obtuse he ought not be a security guard at Wal-Mart, let alone president of the United States.

It is easy now to understand why Michelle Obama, before Barack began to win, had never once been proud of her country. Who could be proud of the America that lives in the malignant imagination of the Rev. Wright?

Barack has now moved to separate himself from Wright's rants and removed him from the campaign roster. And he will likely be forced, with anguish, to turn his back on, repudiate, and reject his beloved friend and teacher.

But it is too late for that. For Wright has, for millions of Americans, filled in the blanks about Barack. Wright tells us the kind of company Barack keeps, the kind of men he holds close, the kind of attitudes and beliefs he finds acceptable, if not congenial.

That Wright is a revered preacher in black America also tells us that, far from coming together, we Americans are further apart than we were in the 1950s, when Negroes could be described as Christian, conservative and patriotic. Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad did not speak for black America then. Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young and Dr. Martin Luther King did. But Jeremiah Wright makes Stokely Carmichael and Rap Brown sound like the Mills Brothers.

Truly, the Democratic Party is now headed for a train wreck. Though Barack seems likely to win more pledged delegates than Hillary, the super-delegates will have to decide whether they want to offer America a nominee whose pastor and mentor embodies the anti-white racism and anti-Americanism that has ever brought the patriotic blood of Middle America to a boil. Wright is not the sort of fellow you want to bring with you into "Deer Hunter" Country.

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Desr Mr. Buchanan, seems to me that right wing conservatives, such as yourself, conveniently forget the remarks of your favorite preacher, Jerry Falwell,after 9/11 - God sent 9/11 to punish Gays and other sinners...
Comment: #1
Posted by: Frances Moore
Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:31 AM
I am sicken by the high-tech lynching of Senator Obama.

Rev Wrights's comments were taken out of CONTEXT. One only needs to listen to the ENTRE videos to determine that. In one video he was referring to the old testament where God proclaimed damnation to those countries who tormented other countries and mistreated its' inhabitants. Rev Wright's Assistant Pastor explains that very well, but of course that video is not getting any air. Senator Obama because of his church affiliation can unite this country. How can one unity if they don't understand those things which divide us. He is the progressive voice of Civil Rights. Rev Wright among Black people represent the voice of the 1960's. Some of that time period of still angry and rightly so. White people have no idea how deep the scares of discrimination remain. Greta mention she for the first time was offended....... can you image what slavery did to our souls?

Also, RESEARCH the intent of Black and Afro-centric churches. Civil Rights began in churches [ Dr. King] and STILL exist there because we as Black folks STILL experience discrimination. Our churches have always sought to empower us via a combination of scripture, self-reliance and a strong Black family value system. We are NOT hating on any one group. As you know Black folks are the most forgiving folks there are. Actually, what Rev Wright said about Hillary is true. If it were not for Black churches speaking truth to power in a non-violent manner, we probably would still have dogs attacking us for peaceful demonstrations and the KKK lynching our women, men and children. We allowed white folks into the culture of our churches and now they are critiquing and condemning us for wanting to become self-sufficient. Isn't that what they wanted us to do??? Can we not have anything that belongs to us and NOT validated by white folks.? Not to mention during slavery they didn't even "allow" us to practice "their" religion or our native religion.

FOX NEWS, especially Shawn Hannity and now you Mr. Buchanan has been on a vicious campaign to derail Senator's Obama election. I am sure FOX went through hundreds of Rev. Wright's sermons and eclipsed a few of them because that's ALL that existed.... that they could use.... out of a 35 year career of preaching. You should read the blogs on the Internet. The hateful and racist things being said about Senator Obama and Michele. Some have even suggested their children be taken from them. Michele also speaks the truth, I too felt marginalized at a white college, always made to feel inferiority. I too feel for the first time " really" proud of America's electoral process to support a person of color and a woman for presidency.

Obama has united this country and has given me hope that we can begin to transcend a racist and class society. As a Black man, he is putting his life at risk to make that a reality. Do people not know that?

I am convinced the videos on Rev. Wright will strengthen Senator's Obama election. Good ALWAYS prevails over evil.

God bless

Elzora Holland Williams [ 57 year old Black woman]
Charlotte,N. C.
Comment: #2
Posted by: elzora holland
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:43 AM
Re: elzora holland

My grandfather was a member of the 1st black Marine unit and fought in WWII, My brother went to Viet Nam, My son to the Navy. Race in America is a complex matter. Downtrodden people who still seek to be a real part of this great country and can be angry and proud Americans at the same time. Pat Buchanan understands that. He only pretends to be simple-minded. It furthers his political agenda.

I really find remarks of people like Pat Buchanan and others of his persuasion offensive when they pretend to believe that the comments of Rev. Wright on three sermons that have been shown on video are the sole content of the messages he has preached from his pulpit every Sunday for 20 years. These sermons are videotaped because the church videotapes sermons every Sunday. Why isn't the media showing, and why aren't those so anxious to condemn, listening to or talking about his other 99% of his sermons. In 20 years, he would have preached over 1000 sermons. If he had been spewing this anger on a regular basis, there would be dozens, scores of sermons to show, not just three! Why pretend you believe Obama has been sitting in church listening to vitriolic sermons about the perceived misdeeds of white Americans and America EVERY SINGlE SUNDAY for TWENTY YEARS!!!!!! Pat Buchanan, and others, know this isn't true. What did Pastor Wright preach about at the Obama Wedding, at their children's Christening? At the many univerisities and seminaries where he has spoken by invitation over 20 years????? I am certain some of those sermons are just as retrievable as the three that are being replayed over an over again. Of course, it is politically advantageous to pretend that these three short pieces of tape are what the man has preached for 20 years and that Obama has been listening to this every Sunday for 20 years--and not to even TRY to hear or talk about about any of the other 99% of what he has said.
Moreover, Obama never said he heard these 3 sermons. He said he has heard some controversial things, and some things he vehemently disagreed with. But what DID he hear that kept him in that church?????? If one cared about the truth, which those with a political agenda don't, you would ask that question. Instead, they pretend. They pretend that they believe that this man has preached every Sunday for 20 years these angry and awful messages you heard on 3 pieces of 3 sermons????!!!!!! They don't believe that. They just SAY they do. And they purposely speak as if that were the case, when they KNOW it wasn't!!!!!!! To what university or seminary would he have been invited, if that were the case? The United Church of Christ (to which I belong), a largely white church, would have removed him long ago, were he the hate-monger they try to make him out to be. They are guilty of propagandizing, who do this. And over the next months or as long as they can, you will hear the same verbatim argument from the right, a practiced, rehearsed position: propaganda.

Finally, all that he has said in the pieces of the sermon Pat Buchanan chooses to quote in his artice is NOT false.
How can any American deny the truth of what he has said at some point in recent history. At some point in recent history NO black man could have been President. No black woman was valued for anything. At some PLACES in this country that is still very true, especially in places like "Dear Hunter" country. A black man has been dragged to death behing a truck in Texas--in THIS decade. A black man has been shot on the street for walking with a white woman--IN the last decade. The US DID support Apartheid South Africa and US officials DID oppose freeing Mandela from jail. And Malcolm X and Elijah Mohammed DID speak for many African Americans. What does Mr. Buchanan think????? that black Americans have learned to be HAPPY about their treatment in this country. I am 61 years old. I remember "white" and "colored" signs, and Jim Crow cars on the train. And YES, I am still plenty angry about it. So if I am not happy about the oppression I and my forefathers endured in this country, and I dare to be angry, I am anti-American and Afroracist???????

My grandfather was a member of the 1st black Marine unit and fought in WWII, My brother went to Viet Nam, My son to the Navy. Race in America is a complex matter. Downtrodden people who still seek to be a real part of this great country and can be angry and proud Americans at the same time. Pat Buchanan understands that. He only pretends to be simple-minded. It furthers his political agend. And, of course, he is not nor never really has listened to Black America.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Elise Stewart
Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:26 AM

Pat you are absolutely despicable!

Have you no shame?

Have you live up there in your lily white castle.....and not seen or heard of the black experience?

You are no longer relevant Pat.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Bellyring
Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:08 PM
The Pastor is right! And I am a white Republican who never voted for G.W. Bush because I have the brains to despise him and his ideas that we can stomp on other sovereign countries. Let's admit the fact that he (Paster Wright) IS right. Let's remember who voted to get us in to an illegal war. Let's not loose site of that!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Don Stivers
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:57 AM
Shame on you, "Reverend" Buchanan, for what you are trying to do. You will answer to God for your deceitful conduct, a characteristic of persons under satanic influence. You know as well as I do that Rev. Wright's remark's are no more anti-semitic than God's comment in II Chronicles or elsewhere is anti-Semitic or Paul's comment in Galatians 6:7 is anti-Christian. Jeremiah Wright was simply speaking prophetically about the reciprocity of wrongdoing committed by any person or nation. In your more courageous days, you isued a few prohetic warnings to America yourself. Dig deeply into your video archives and rediscover your former prophetic self. You will surely be amazed at how "anti-American" you use to be before you traded in your commitment to prophecy for politics and profits. Shame on you!
Comment: #6
Posted by: Joseph Williams
Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:24 PM
Rush Limbuagh has launched what he calls "operation chaos" against Democrats. The evil, deceptive, and definitely conservative scheme includes creating havoc among Democrats by influencing Republicans to cross over to vote for Hillary, whom it is no secret that many despise. How strange it is that Conservatives have a lot less negative to say about the "beloved" candidate that they use to often refer to as Hillary "Rotten" Clinton. How underhanded, hypocritical, and unethical, of those who claim to be bearing the banner of moral virtue. Someone needs to secure the tape of Rush's show, aired yesterday on am, radio stations across the country, and aire it nationally to expose this sleezy and desperate thirst for power.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Joseph Williams
Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:33 PM
It's interesting that you are all allowed to comment on this site. I went to the Obama websites and asked some simple questions about Obama, and stated that I believed he was a liar. I was retaliated on with profanity, and told "bye bye Troll' and then blocked from making posts. There is no doubt prejudice exists in this country for many people of various "colors", just the same there are millions of us who wake every day and don't think color. Obama chose to have a member of his campaign staff that is a flagrant racist. Jeremiah Wright is entitled to his opinions. He has severely sinned in the pulpit however. He is Obama's choice. I hope he is BHO's achiles heel. I personally don't want this country divided by race. And just how is Obama going to bring people together other than to vote for him?
Comment: #8
Posted by: Norman M
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:31 PM
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