That’s fine except for the fact that Reverend Wright did not grow up in a segregated South. It would also be very difficult to argue the Reverend’s opportunities have been systematically constricted in an honest look at his background.
At the same time most of the country was shocked by seeing and hearing the words of Reverend Wright for the first time, the Democrat dominated Illinois House was passing a resolution to honor Reverend Wright in his retirement from Trinity United Church of Christ. Another old style liberal Chicago politician, State Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago, sponsored the resolution which was passed by the House on March 11. The resolution does not describe a minister who grew up in a segregated South, attending segregated schools, drinking out of separate water fountains, being attacked by police dogs and sprayed by fire hoses. In fact, it says Reverend Wright grew up in Philadelphia, PA – were segregation was not the law of the land and is ironically the same city where Obama delivered his speech.
What the resolution tells us is that Reverend Wright attended integrated public schools in Philadelphia. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University, a Master’s Degree from Howard University and another Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Revered Wright enjoyed the advantage of some of the finest education American provides.
Rep. Davis also sponsored another resolution last year in celebration of Reverend Wright’s 35 years at Trinity United Church of Christ. That resolution tells us that Reverend Wright was a third generation family member to graduate from Virginia Union. His parents attended and met at Virginia Union and his grandparents graduated from there in the early 1900s. There are tens of millions of Americans of all backgrounds who would like to say their grandparents are college graduates, but can not. Reverend Wright’s opportunity was not constricted, nor was his parents’, nor his grandparents’.
The last line is one of the few parts of Barack’s speech I agree with. If we are to believe Barack Obama wants to transcend race and rise above old racial attitudes, then what are we to think about his $22,500 donation to his church in 2006? If the lunatic rants of Revered Wright are simply driven by the fear and bitterness of a past generation, why bring your children to his church and expose them to such anachronistic hate?
The Trinity United Church of Chicago says that their congregation is “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian” and remain "true to our native land” of Africa. Barack Obama is unashamedly exploitative and unapologetically wrong and remains true to the heritage of old style, racial Chicago politics where you say anything and do anything it takes to be elected.