March 30, 2008

IS IT ANY WONDER THAT BLACK CULTURE IS SO DISORDERED...:

Obama pastor's words spring from complex tradition: The Rev. Wright's mix of theology with race relations in America belongs to the 'prophetic' style of black preaching. Is he more outrageous than Frederick Douglass? (Manya A. Brachear, 3/30/08, Chicago Tribune)

Examining the full content of Wright's sermons and delivery style yields a far more complex message, though one that some will still find objectionable. For more than 30 years, Wright walked churchgoers every Sunday along a winding road from rage to reconciliation, employing a style that validated both.

"He's voicing a reality that those people experience six days a week," said the Rev. Dwight Hopkins, a professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Trinity member. "In that sense, he's saying they're not insane."


...when black leaders tell them it isn't? Denying the insanity pof his preaching doesn't make it sane.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2008 8:23 AM
Comments

The reference to Douglass, based on a single speech given in 1852, is ridiculous. First of all, it continues the meme that nothing has changed in America for the last 155 years. Is Rev. Wright really in the same situation as Frederick Douglass was in 1852?

Second, Douglass came to understand the US Constitution as an anti-slavery document that could be used to further the abolitionist cause. He realized, as did Martin Luther King, that our treatment of black citizens was incompatible with our national ethos, a source of guilt and cognitive dissonance.

Third, let's remember that it was Douglass who said, "I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress."

Posted by: Ibid at March 30, 2008 9:47 AM
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