Jeremiah Wright showed on Bill Moyers Journal that he is a gifted but outspoken pastor who knows how to reach people, like Barack Obama. Bill Moyers interviewed Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Barack Obama, that aired April 25 on PBS, which I watched on KTNE. Here’s more about the Bill Moyers Journal interview with Jeremiah Wright, which is making news because of the candidacy of Barack Obama.
Jeremiah Wright The Interviewee Contrasts With The Prevailing YouTube Image
I’ve watched the sound bytes of Jeremiah Wright on YouTube and the news commentary programs over and over where he says “US of KKK-A”, “God D— America”, and “America’s chickens are coming home to roost (referring to the September 11 attacks on the United States)”. There is no doubt that Jeremiah Wright is angry over the way Black people have been treated and how American foreign policy has treated different peoples around the world, and he makes no bones about criticizing America very harshly. He’s a veteran of the military, so he’s earned that right more than a lot of people. Could his choice of words been a bit softer at times, like after September 11? Sure, but who’s perfect? This man has experienced the pains of racism and has been a shepherd to many disenfranchised people.
Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side was really small (less than 100 members) when he took over in 1972, but he grew it to thousands of people according to the Bill Moyers Journal PBS show. He used his skills in reaching out to folks. In non-controversial sound bytes of Wright’s sermons and interviews, the retired pastor challenged his community, and showed compassion and caring, not in ranting tones, but like a caring father. In 1988, Barack Obama was baptized at Trinity. Jeremiah Wright did get emotional over racism and abortion in sermons, but he didn’t sound like a racist himself or an ethno-centrist. Even the stained glass windows of the Trinity Church honor Africans’ contribution to Christianity, and Jeremiah Wright said on the PBS program that he wanted kids attending the church to know via those windows that Africans helped influence Christianity.
With Bill Moyers, Jeremiah Wright was at times, calm, but also passionate. He wasn’t a ranting maniac in explaining his views on Christianity and raising up oppressed people, especially when talking about how spirituals and blues music help African Americans deal with life’s blows. He explained in great detail that his “God D— America” speech was done in context of the failure of government. He stated that he’s been at odds with the establishment in the past, like when he spoke out against apartied.
The Interview With Bill Moyers Won’t Hurt Barack Obama, But It Won’t Help Him Either
I myself am a Barack Obama supporter, and the remarks of Jeremiah Wright, while I understand his frustration over the imperfections of America, well, I don’t think he made those remarks thinking to himself, “Gee, Barack Obama will run for President one day, so I have to be as diplomatic as possible”. Jeremiah Wright was speaking to a particular church audience of mostly African Americans, who’ve been the victims of racism and/or have had their ancestors treated really bad, especially if they were slaves. In the church, things can get very emotional and fire and brimstone, so people should see it for what it is instead of being fearful of Barack Obama because of his association with Jeremiah Wright, who told Bill Moyers of PBS that he wants Blacks to embrace Christianity without giving up Africanity.
Yet those against Barack Obama will use the controversial sound bytes as a further excuse to not vote for him, and Obama’s supporters will see the context of the remarks and realize that just because Barack Obama had Jeremiah Wright in his life playing a vital role for many years, it doesn’t mean that they agree on everything or have the same amount of public anger about injustices done by the United States. After all, Jeremiah Wright said in the PBS interview with Bill Moyers, “I don’t talk to him about politics (referring to “him” as Barack Obama)”. Wright also stated that he’s never heard Barack Obama repeat his controversial remarks.
Jeremiah Wright Being Used Against Barack Obama During The Rest Of Election 2008 Season Is Likely
While Hillary Clinton is still in this race, it’s my opinion that her operatives are going to keep harping on this to the super delegates and when her supporters give speeches in favor of her candidacy for President. Ads by North Carolina Republicans are scheduled to run in the state over Jeremiah Wright’s outspoken sound bytes according to the Bill Moyers Journal show. If Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, I would bet easily that John McCain’s supporters will run ads using the controversial Jeremiah Wright’s sound bytes to try to scare voters into not choosing Barack Obama for president. Whatever the anti-Obama supporters can do to beat him is going to be used, including running the Jeremiah Wright issue into the ground.