Thursday, March 20, 2008

The last thing I'm ever going to say on Wright

Unless, of course, someone tries to use it to say "OMG Obama's a racist because I'm scared of black pastors" again.

First, Glenn Greenwald points out the double standard about truly racist white pastor Republican comments - and Wright's angry about US actions comments, and how if you're a conservative, well, you can't hate America because you're a "patroit". But if you point out that America has done bad things internally and externally, well, you're a "racist".

Second, this article from this article on Obama and race, and this quote from 1995:

"Historically, African-Americans have turned inward and toward black nationalism whenever they have a sense, as we do now, that the mainstream has rebuffed us and that white Americans couldn't care less about the profound problems African-Americans are facing," he told an interviewer in 1995, before his political career had begun. "But cursing out white folks is not going to get the job done. Anti-Semitic and anti-Asian statements are not going to lift us up. . . . We've got communities to build."

Is there anything more to say? Good. I'm moving on. Sorry to have dwelled on this for so long, but the unfairness, hypocrisy, and dishonesty were really bugging me.

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