Saturday, April 26, 2008

Missed Rev. Wrights Interview with Moyers? Watch it Here!


Soulscribe said...

There are a lot of Obama supporters, including TUCC members, who think the timing of Rev's interview was bad. But I thought he did a great job.

Bill Moyers is an outstanding journalist and Rev. was a great subject.

Anonymous said...

I have supported Dr. Wright from the beginning of this controversy. I think that he is absolutely correct in what he said. God will have the final say and will also judge those who have tried to twist his words. Let's just continue to spread the truth even when the truth hurts!

Bonnie said...

That NAACP speech was AWESOME!! I am so glad that they played the speech in its entirety, and I hope that I will be able to see it again and show my friends. I am an Obama supporter who hopes that people can see now how intelligent, thoughtful, and inspiring Rev. Wright is (and what a good dancer, too!). Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much for having this page and supporting goodness and truth.

savorysalt said...

I'm sad. Just heard Obama rejected Rev. Wright after his 4-day speaking tour. I do wish Rev had left it with the Bill Moyers interview. The speeches at the NAACP and the Press Club were to two mutually exclusive audiences. It was difficult, if not impossible to be "genuine" with the in-house audiences without risk being parsed to death nationally. And difficult to address the national audience without appearing to be caving or posturing for the media. (Not to mention the fact that the remarks were introduced by network commentators with words like, "Rev. Wright still unapologetic for his remarks saying the the US deserved what happened on 9/11."

The Bill Moyers interview gave people an opportunity to be more thoughtful and conciliatory, and see the man’s heart. It would have taken only the most blatant idiots to persist in their denouncements. (But subsequent speeches, with all of this liberation theology and Black church, and Black pride, and prophetic tradition, etc., was all just too much to grasp. Certainly in sound bites). We are, after all a BS/SB (bumper sticker/sound bite) societ now, and we must be told what we think.

However, as I saw on another blog, perhaps its for the best. Now Rev can continue to do his speaking engagements in peace without being hounded by the media." (From the keyboard to God's ear!).

The sad part is that, even though Obama has done what the right wing has been hounding him to do, it will make no difference. The reaction will be "Good riddance." Followed quickly by: "but he was not sincere, he just did it because he got caught/or he's weak. See this just proves that he's not to be trusted!"

We are in a sad place in this country. But there's still hope, because God is STILL in control.

euddoggwyn said...

This is my blog entry on Pastor Wright after the Press Club appearance and before Obama reacted.

I don't know if you will post this to the comments, but I do hope you will read it carefully anyway as coming from someone who supported and defended Rev Wright from the very beginning.

He hurt me very badly with his irresponsible demeanor, and I hope you can convey that to him.

He should have stopped with Moyers. Now he is just going to be remembered as one in a long string of dividers who never had the ability to change as so many of us have done, inspired by Obama's beautiful message.

I can't tell you how hard it is to write this to you.


Anonymous said...

I was with Rev. Wright until he began to speak of Blacks as one person. He seems to think that just because he believes it and feels it then it must be true. I have NEVER EVER heard more than 5 consective words from Farakhans mouth. I am Black and no member of my family can quote him on anything. So for Wright to suggest that we all listen to him pisses me off! Black people need to stop trying to have it both ways. We like to say "we're not all the same", "don't stereotype us" and yet we seem to do it to one another all the time. I would be outraged if a non-Black person suggested that we all listened to Farakhan and that we all believe the same things and I am even more outraged that Wright did this.

By the way, I have NEVER sat in a church, BLACK CHURCH, and listen to Black pastors spew the "political/social" opinions that Wright have. They keep it to God and helping one another. I could never respect a pastor that thinks he has to showboat and use ugly words to grab my attention. This man utter the "n" word and church and people clapped for it. WHY??????????????

We all need to start thinking about how we carry ourselves. Black, White, Asian, Latino and etc... as human beings it's time we stop allowing old divisive words to define our thoughts!

David Peterson said...

To the Truth About Trinity United Weblog:

Tuesday (April 29), some time around 2 AM, I was watching whatever ABC - TV in the States calls its overnight news show. The show devoted maybe a five-minute segment to the Rev. Wright's National Press Club appearance the day before. The distortions in just this one segment were severe. The technique worked as follows, and it was repeated several times: (A) A video-clip was played showing USA Today's Donna Leinwand reading one of the questions to Wright. (B) Then, instead of showing Wright's response to the question, a shorter excerpt from Wright's response was inter-spliced in its place. And (C) the ABC - TV reporter's voice-over could be heard paraphrasing Wright's response in such a way that was not faithful to Wright's own response, but that transformed the response into something damaging for Wright himself.

This technique (with which readers of this weblog are perfectly familiar), is recurring over and over and over again. And if I had a dollar for every time, from March 13 on, somebody from within the establishment U.S. political culture lashed out at the Black Preacher for what is alleged to be his hatred and his racism, when in fact they were practicing the very racism and hatred which they projects onto the Black Preacher,...

Just remember the core principles of this deeply troubling system of governance: Real issues are to be excluded from the public arena. Anybody who violates this rule gets the attack dogs, billy clubs, and firehoses of the establishment turned against him.

To quote from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's address at the National Press Club (April 28): "[T]he Christianity of the slaveholder is not the Christianity of the slave."

The exact same perspective -- the "vantage point of the oppressed," quoting Wright once more --the "commitment to liberation," "solidarity with the oppressed," the "preferential option for the poor" (etc.) -- informs the work of every progressive individual. Whether today or 2000 years ago.

The paranoia with which the establishment U.S. political culture (the Obama campaign included) has reacted to these themes in 2008 is hardly cause for optimism about its capacity for reform. But great cause for despair.

David Peterson
Chicago, USA