Jeremiah Wright – Just Say No!

23 Apr

Ray: We’ve never done a “Loser of the Week” here at Seth and Ray’s blog, but if we were to start one today then the Rev. Jeremiah Wright would be my number one vote getter for the title.

Earlier this week, it was announced that our beloved Jeremiah Wright will appear on the Bill Moyers Journal on PBS this Friday (April 25th). This is the first interview for the pastor since the world caught hold of his very controversial sermons (Click here if you haven’t seen them yet). Apparently, this appearance is the first of several public appearances. Wright is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the NAACP Detroit Branch on Sunday, April 27 and is scheduled to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. the following day.

Normally, I wouldn’t care less about Rev. Wright sharing his message with those who care to listen. The problem I have with Jeremiah Wright is that he is blatantly undermining the efforts of Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Every time Jeremiah Wright’s name is mentioned, Barack Obama moves backwards in the voting polls amongst working class white America. This in turn, forces Barack Obama to have to answer questions completely unrelated to his bid for the White House, thus preventing him from sharing his views on subjects of great relevance to the American people.

The exit poll data from the Pennsylvania primaries shows that nearly 60% who said they chose their candidate within the past week sided with Clinton, which I believe is a direct reflection of attacks on Barack Obama’s character. After the comments Barack Obama made about “bitter” voters in PA, Hillary Clinton was able to capture a large majority of the rural PA votes. According the exit polling data, rural PA voters felt that Clinton was more in touch with their reality. (For exit polling data: Baltimore Sun and CBS News)

It also doesn’t help Barack Obama to have video and audio clips of his former pastor playing on every major television news network and talk-radio show. I honestly believe that his comments have frightened a majority of working class America from voting for a Black President. Indeed, Jeremiah Wright has also provided much of the ammunition used by the Right wing in an attempt to assassinate Barack Obama’s character. Just think if there was no Jeremiah Wright, what would extreme conservatives have to attack Barack Obama on? They know that they will lose if they try to attack his policy because he’s pretty solid in that area. Instead, you will only see attacks on his character by way of people with questionable backgrounds and philosophies that are indirectly related to Barack Obama’s campaign. These distractions are being used to scare away the white vote.

With all of that said, why on earth would Jeremiah Wright decide to reappear in the public’s eye? Personally, I think he should be sent to the wonderful island of Fiji for the next 6 months with no cell phone and no lap top. If he truly cares about Barack Obama or America, he would understand that his presence only serves as a distraction to the Obama campaign. As of now, he’s still scheduled to appear on PBS this Friday. I just hope and pray that he doesn’t make matters worse for all us who are desperately ready for change.

Seth: I agree with Ray. While this may be good for Rev. Wright to speak up for himself, it is not good for Senator Obama. Sure, Rev. Wright was under significant attack and everytime some boneheaded fool commented about him and derided Sen. Obama’s association with his church, it probably hurt and angered the Reverend a great deal. But I must implore him to see the big picture and understand the ways this will cripple Senator Obama’s campaign at a very critical moment. Proverbs 22:23 says “He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself from calamity.” Reverend Wright: calamity is Senator Obama losing this nomination. Calamity is your reviving this story. Please, for the sake of us all: BE QUIET!!!

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5 Responses to “Jeremiah Wright – Just Say No!”

  1. Kurt April 23, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    I really don’t know how to feel about this.
    I strongly believe that everyone has the right to free speech. I care deeply about that.
    But you’re absolutely right, Wright is killing Barack.

  2. thinkeR April 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    I agree with both posts on this issue. And ditto to “Kurt” point on free speech. But I really wonder how it feels to express all this hate anger toward America’s hindrance on Black progression, only to become the fool who’s HELPING keep Black people “behind.” Should you still be free to speak when whatever you say will contradict what you’re saying?

  3. seth April 23, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    The Rev. is definitely able to exercise his right to express himself and defend his honor. I would rather he didn’t because of the collateral damage.

  4. musesofamom April 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    I understand Rev. Wright’s need to vindicate himself, but I wish he would wait until after November to do it. He is a distraction to the Obama campaign. Even though he is Obama’s former pastor Obama suffers every time he opens his mouth. Obama has been loyal to Rev. Wright I believe he could show loyalty to Obama by simply silently sitting on the sidelines during this season. I invite you to read my blog: http://www.ebonymompolitics.wordpress.com

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