The Audacity Of Stupidity

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All over the news, Blogs and just everywhere on the web you are seeing a bunch of talk about Pastor Jeremiah A Wright and Trinity United Church that Obama attends. It seems that a lot of the comments this Pastor Wright make are seen as inflammatory and racist to a lot of people. I have only heard a few of his comments in sermons and I find that the hubbub is a little bit over kill. Is what he is saying so offensive and inflammatory or is what he is saying hitting home for a lot of people?

One such comment was “Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. How is this statement not true that is the question? Now what is inflammatory about the statement? Was this country NOT founded on racism? Were the American Natives not racially subjected to terror and death at the hands of people who felt that they were less than human? Did these same people bring a race of people to this country for the purpose of exploitation through slavery based on the propaganda that they were of a race that these people felt were less than human? Is there not a discrepancy in how races are treated to this day in this country? Do black Americans earn only 78% or what white Americans earn? Even former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher called for greater equality in health care to close the gaps between blacks and whites in death rates and life expectancy. There are discrepancies between whites and blacks in wealth, credit, housing, healthcare, employment, wages and life expectancy. And we are supposed to believe that this is a false and inflammatory statement, please someone explain how that is.

Who cares about what a poor black man has to face everyday in a country in a culture controlled by rich white people.” I am pretty sure he is not talking about Obama he is talking about poor black men or people. Now I would love for someone to counter this statement. As I will have you take a look at each and every president this country has ever had and you name all those that were NOT rich or white. Not to mention how many of them actually cared about the poor black man to the point that they actually decided to end racial disparities in the lives of those poor black men. Not one president has made one effort to end racially motivated disparities of any sort. Which president decided that white privilege has over stayed its welcome and needs to end? Not one, you say? I guess next you will tell me that 5 days is an acceptable amount of time for people to sit around in stifling heat with no water, food, medicine or rescuing. And yes the majority of them were poor and BLACK.

It just came to me in the past few weeks why so many folks are hating Barrack Obama. He doesn’t fit the model, he ain’t white he ain’t rich and he ain’t privileged. Hillary fits the mold. I can’t speak to Obama’s wealth or lack there of as a child but I can say that he doesn’t fit the mold of our stereotypical president. Unless I am mistaken there has not been a president in the past that is black, not obviously rich and comes from a single parent family. But we do know that Hillary is wealthy at this time, she is white and she is privileged. But to give her credit she isn’t a man and that also breaks the model of our stereotypical president.

Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single family home Barrack was. Barrack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary can never know that, Hillary has never been called a nigger; Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person. How is this not true? She has never known what it feels like to be subjugated due to race. Neither she nor any of our other presidents knows what it is like to be of a people who were thought of as less than human called nigger and hung from trees for daring to be black in the wrong place and time. They don’t know how it feels to be in a country that has demonstrated a blatant hate for people who look like you. A country that is controlled by a race of people who still to this day will see discrepancies between the races and shrug their shoulders all the while saying hey that is just the way things are, what can I do about it. How about a country where we can make every excuse for why it was acceptable for police and guards to beat, punch, pepper spray and kill young black youths without any consequences.

And I am supposed to believe that in some way these statements are somehow “crazy”, “unacceptable” and “ludicrous”. Until someone can show me how these statement bear absolutely no truth then I and others will continue to say the exact same things. We can dismiss the hate speech of Bill O’Reilly, Michael Richards, Don Imus, Duane Dog Chapman, Kelly Tilgham and of course Geraldine Ferraro. Now this preacher who has not called anyone names (that I know of) but said some things (at least those I’ve heard) that no one so far can refute and people are on a campaign to burn Obama at the stake because he knows the man.

Well I know that this is a stupid thing to do. I didn’t advocate calling Hillary a racist because a couple of her supporters have said racist remarks. No one is advocating calling Hillary an adulterer because her husband whom is speaking on her behalf is one. This is pretty thoughtless. If Obama does attend that church isn’t it a far stretch to “assume” that this preacher who no longer heads that church said these types of sermons each and every Sunday? I am pretty sure he did not. So with all the calling of Obama a bigot etc. is just the audacity of stupidity.

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9 responses to “The Audacity Of Stupidity

  1. Baracks life wasn’t and isn’t so bad. You make a good point in bringing up the hitting home comment though. All in all if I were tasked to gather people of different races and other markers I’d be hard pressed to invite the Rev.

  2. I believe in the Hope that Barack Obama is offering to America. Obama represents one hope for America and one dream for Americans.

    I believe that America is faulty but great country. I am excited about the current elections because there are more people getting involved. This is a great time to be an American because we have the potential to bring about a shift in the global culture.

    I believe that hope is not enough but it is a great start. Obama is the only candidate that embodies the best of America, and Americas best candidate.
    Thanks for your post.
    For more on this check out the videos at onegreatcountry the Youtube channel.

  3. Jam Moon

    I am from Canada, and keeping a good eye on all happens, and it sadden me when people cannot leave the politician alone to pave their roads and must use hurtful comments, Obama is a great potential for like he said The United States Of America.

    Let’s leave it at that and let the man become that person who will let your world change for the best.

  4. stumped

    Substitute “woman” for “black,” “man” for “white,” “sex” for “race,” and “bitch” or “slut” for “nigger” in the above, and most of those points would still be true. Can someone please explain why Obama represents hope and change while Hillary has absurdly been cast as the establishment in this election? Especially since their views on actual issues (remember those?) aren’t really all that different.

  5. We “should” be talking about the issues. That is exactly right. But it seems that everywhere I look online people are trying to malign this man Obama because of things others are saying. Hillary has a similar problem. Yet your substitute this for that and that for this analogy is not worth it. We already know that the pendulum swings both ways. Yet the issue was not of Hillary it was of Obama and his ex-Pastor.

    Thanks for the reply.

  6. Thanks for this post! Let me add my twenty-five cents:

    As a black woman attending “black churches” all my life, there is a distinct difference in teachings. I watched the Hannity & Combs segment when Rev. Wright appeared and I felt sorry for the commentator’s ill knowledge of the black community as a whole, but we as black people know that white america will never fully understand our struggles. The commentator talked incessantly about ‘black this and black that…” My only thoughts were, “Hell, it’s a black church.”

    The black church started in the slave fields as many slaves were not allowed to attend worship services, and those few slaves that were allowed, attended Catholic services as it was the religion of their slave owners. At least this was the reality for my great grandfather in South Louisiana.

    Pastor Wright said nothing that many black people have not heard during a spirited sermon by a Black Preacher. (Walk wit me somebody!)

    But the bottom line here is the same: Barack Obama is winning the election! If he were not winning the election, this would not be an issue. I heard an Hispanic woman say this morning on a political program: “We need to move on.” This will die out like everything does, only to be replaced by something else. No one, including Hilary Clinton or even John McCain should be held accountable for what someone else says. I don’t care how long he and his family have attended the church. Hell, Oprah Winfrey attends the same church. Are they calling her a black separatist? People are tired of these stupid ass attacks which is the number one reason Barack Obama has so much momentum.

    I have linked your article on my website because you hit it right on the head. Unfortunately, this saga will continue right up and through the November nomination. Don’t sleep people!

  7. Rhondacoca

    For those who want to argue, Hillary Clinton is a part of the establishment, period. She is attached to white male patriarchy.

    Next, when Rev.wright was talking about Hillary not being called a “nigger”. He was referring to all the black folk who keep on acting as Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are black and understand us as a community, or have lived our lives etc… Everyone here can remember the ridiculous conversation of whether or not Obama was “black enough”. The same people who said Obama wasn’t black turn and call Clinton black (andrew young and friends). That is what Rev. Wright was refering to. Those idiots in the media who enjoyed and entertained that conversation are too dumb to put two and two together. In addition, privilege (in the way that Wright mentions it) means white privilege. Rev.Wright knows Obama better than all of us he calls him “nephew and Obama calls him “uncle”.

    PVdugas,

    I agree, this entire situation has been filtered through the white perspective and mindset.

  8. JD Gent,

    I think your comments are pretty ridiculous. I won’t post them but I will give you a reply.

    Since white people commit MORE crimes than black people (go read it at the DOJ). What is the cause for that? Is it white people’s amoral behavior?

    White people have higher divorce rates, higher rates of single parenthood, higher rates of pretty much every thing you mentioned aside from incarceration rates. How do you account for this?

    I guess you white people brought that upon yourselves, just like you said. Maybe you should go and get the REAL information before starting in with a totally ignorant and obviously thoughtless comment.

    Thanks but no thanks for your stupidity.

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