Video: Obama’s pastor takes highly nuanced approach to racial divisiveness; Update: More nuance: “God damn America”; Update: Role with campaign?

posted at 9:07 am on March 13, 2008 by Allahpundit

Just a little gloss for you on the Messiah’s deep, principled objection to the polarizing Ferraro-esque racial rhetoric that drives Americans apart. The fact that it probably doubles as Exhibit A in the IRS investigation of improper church politicking on his behalf is but a happy accident.

Exit question one, courtesy of Tom Maguire: Does the candidate bring his kids to church to listen to this? And exit question two, via Kaus: What, precisely, makes Andrew Sullivan’s grasp of Obama’s post-racial appeal any more or less objectionable than Geraldine Ferraro’s? Click the image to watch.


Update: Nothing divisive about this, thankfully. Just a little of ye olde “progressive” Truth to Power.

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.

Update: For the record, yes, Wright is formally part of Obama’s campaign, but in a largely ceremonial role.

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better question, why wasn’t the Dem establishment/media not smart enough to see this coming? Are they that politically tone deaf?

jp on March 13, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The problem is that pretty much everyone at the DNC agrees with this sentiment. To them, such attitudes are mainstream.

That’s why they act so surprised when a candidate like Gore or Kerry goes down to defeat.

MarkTheGreat on March 13, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Such an association would have instantly doomed any other candidate in the past. A pastor is not the same thing as a religious endorser; the Obama’s have attended this man’s church for many years, were married by him, and have proveably listened to many such sermons by him without standing up and walking out. Not since George Wallace or Strom Thurmond has any US presidential candidate approvingly sat through sermons of equivalent racism. If Ferraro’s accusation had been untrue yesterday, it certainly isn’t now.

Hope P. Muntz on March 13, 2008 at 7:14 PM

God help us if Obama gets elected. The presidency will be about nothing but race, hatred and racial hatred. Cheered on by these so-called people of Jesus. Who was a Jew, not black.

waterfall on March 13, 2008 at 9:55 PM

waterfall on March 13, 2008 at 9:55 PM

Its just as ridiculous as the argument that Jesus had blonde hair and blue eyes.

Ryan Gandy on March 13, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Just listen to the unhinged rage in his voice. He looks and sounds like a mad man. This doesn’t sit very well with the folks who thought Obama was the Cosby kinda black guy, it makes him look like the Militant Black Guy.

These clips can’t be played enough; if I were McCain I’d have them on a continuous loop, only ad he’d need.

Alden Pyle on March 14, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Have to say, in terms of inflammatory rhetoric, this really isn’t much. Nothing that will affect Obama’s campaign.

It’s pretty much common knowledge that the US and black people haven’t exactly had the best history together. I can still see some being angry that it’s people were enslaved by it.

Does this preacher hate America? I wouldn’t say this clip necessarily shows that. You can be angry at something you love.

And judge Obama by Obama. Obama is not an “angry black man.”

At least this guy isn’t an open anti-catholic bigot who believes war with Iran is an inevitable gateway to Armageddon. Now, if a candidate were in bed with a guy like that, THAT would be worrisome.

Tom_Shipley on March 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Does this preacher hate America? I wouldn’t say this clip necessarily shows that.
Tom_Shipley on March 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM

God damn you.

logis on March 14, 2008 at 1:27 PM