Jeremiah Wright has come to bury Obama, not to praise him.
In a speech at an NAACP dinner on Sunday, Reverend Wright said the brains of African American children are different from the brains of “European American” children. He gave an incoherent lesson on brain dominance, claimed one race was left brain and another race was right brain, and contrasted reading from books with listening to “oral teaching.”
Legitimate research has identified differences in brain dominance and in learning styles. It is true that conventional school classrooms and teaching methods favor some learning styles over others. However, what is absolutely not true is that learning styles or brain dominance are determined by race. Reverend Wright stumbled way outside his zone of expertise.
If any white pastor had said exactly the same words Reverend Wright said, he would by now, 24 hours later, have been hammered by the entire media/political establishment for spewing baseless, racist stereotypes. And, he would deserve it!
This morning Reverend Wright addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He said a lot, much of it was little more than high-tone gibberish. He made no serious attempt to put his explosive remarks into a context. Instead he said reporters would have to listen to entire sermons, read entire books and attend an upcoming two day church conference, and then they could put his comments into context themselves.
He did not retract or modify or attempt to soften any of his fiery comments. He refused to accept criticism. Instead he dismissed the words of his critics as “attacks on the Black Church in America.”
Rev. Wright reaffirmed – and tried to give Jesus the credit for – his opinion that the 9-11 attacks were morally equivalent to, and just comeuppance for decades of what he labeled American “terrorism,” starting with defeating the Nazis and Imperial Japan. He defended his previous comparison of the Roman Soldiers who punished and crucified Jesus with the US Marine Corps.
After his rambling, less than cogent speech, Reverend Wright responded to some questions submitted by reporters, including this one regarding Obama’s attempts to distance himself from the Reverend’s incendiary assertions:
“What is your motoviation for characterizing Senator Obama’s response to you as ‘what a politician has to say’?”
Reverend Wright’s answer:
“Several of my white friends and several of my white Jewish friends have said to me, you’re a Christian, you understand forgiveness. We both know that if Senator Obama had not said what he said, he would never get elected. Politicians say what they say, and do what they do, based on electibility, based on sound bites, based on polls. Preachers say whatever they say because they’re pastors. They have a different person to whom they are accountable. I do what pastors do, he does what politicians do.”
As far as the Reverend is concerned, Obama’s protestations that he disagrees, are garden-variety lies from an ordinary politician!