Wright says criticism is attack on black church
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright says criticism surrounding his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church.
source article on Yahoo
I read the article twice before deciding to start the flamewar in here.
My problem here is that rather than defend what he said he is turning an attack against him personally and trying to make it into a racial issue (playing the race card). My understanding of the issue with Rev Wright is that the words he uses from the pulpit are both political in nature and racist. (I have only heard snippets from some sermons so I am not knowledgeable of the sermons from the rest of his career.)
I would have liked to have heard him defend the quotes we have heard (his voice, hard to say you did not say something unless you can produce the full recording and a point in the sermon where you say 'some people say this...' or words to that affect. Instead he is taking an attack on himself personally and trying to turn it into something it is not: racism.)
This reminds me of the Willy Horton attacks on Dukakis in '88. Those were not racial (Horton was black), they were about Dukakis's serious blunder in allowing a murderer to go free from prison on "weekend passes". He ran for it and committed a very serious crime while he was out.
I don't care if Rev Wright is black, white or whatever. I do feel his words from the pulpit are not the words I expect to hear from a man of the cloth. (Didn't Obama make a speech about "just words"?)
Seriously, either defend what you say or don't say it. Don't hide behind the adolescent "everybody is doing it" excuse.