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I have a crush on Jay Smooth, and there's nothing you can do about it. [Wednesday, Mar. 26th, 2008|11:45 pm]
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So, while watching this clip from "The View" (yeah, I know), it occurred to me that I'm not actually sure what it is that Reverend Wright said that was racist. I mean, call him unpatriotic if you want or what have you, but what did he say that was racist?

Well, apparently "one" of the things he said that some white folks with special white-folk-pretzel-logic (was that racist?) thought was racist was that the rich, white guys running the country intentionally injected HIV into the black community. Now, okay. That's a conspiracy theory I've surely heard for years and which I wouldn't say has a lot of merit, but there was that pesky Tuskegee experiment, the 40 year long study in which black men were allowed to suffer and die AND infect their wives and children with syphilis even though penicillin became readily available during the study. The American (hell, white Western) medical establishment has hardly done much for its PR in the black community.

Also, I wonder... Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., trotted out by Democrats and Republicans alike on the regular, also a traitor?

"Ten OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said" from illdoctrine.com.

[User Picture]From: mylaptopisevil
2008-03-27 12:18 pm (UTC)
Illdoc kicks ass.

in other news, Dan Charnas is apparently turning into Illdoc Jr

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[User Picture]From: birds_hum
2008-03-27 02:58 pm (UTC)


I suppose I'm a 'racist' (against Whites) because I agree with some of the things Wright said? No. I'm EDUCATED because I agree with some of the things Wright said.

In fact, Wikipedia did a good job contextualizing his 'controversial' statements (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_Wright#Sermon_clips), and all this 'controversy' surrounding Rev. Wright's sound-byted statements - which while provocative and meaty are NOT incendiary or misinformed - is just another way racism is rearing its fucking ugly Aryan head in this presidential race.

It makes me ill.

ALso, Hillary coming out and saying "Mr. Wright is Wrong" (that was the headline of the Sun Times yesterday) is only bolstering Obama's point that it's on Sunday mornings in America that the racial divide in this country can be seen so clearly.

/I'll say it, too: God DAMN America for getting all up in arms over the fact that A BLACK MAN is NOT TOTALLY PLEASED with the HISTORY of OPPRESSION IN AMERICA.


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From: oblomova
2008-03-27 03:42 pm (UTC)


Hillary and Bill Clinton sought out the counsel of Billy Graham during the Monica situation, despite the fact that Graham's anti-semitic rants were caught on tape during the Nixon administration. She participates in the Fellowship, a well-known right-wing prayer circle featuring some of the biggest homophobes on the Hill (Rick Santorum was a member).

So she can make peace and worship with people who have an irrational hatred of Jews and gay people, yet she can't understand why a black man who was the same age that Emmett Till was when he was murdered might harbor negative feelings about America?

The other thing that's driving me nuts is the assumption that all Wright ever did was rail about white America. (Not that there wouldn't be plenty there to rail about.) Does anyone think such a one-trick pony of a preacher would be able to build up one of the most thriving church communities in Chicago?
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[User Picture]From: birds_hum
2008-03-27 03:59 pm (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: cindymonkey
2008-03-27 04:40 pm (UTC)
yea - i don't understand except with the most twisted logic as you noted above seeing his comments as racist. it's as if the critics are saying that if people still see racism in the world, that in itself is bigotry towards the racist oppressors. makes NO SENSE - unless of course you're looking at a ruling class that isn't used to having their fucked uppery pointed out and so then they panic and claim that they're being discriminated against. anyway ugh.

funny thing is i watched the wright video right when it came out. and i agreed with most of what he said and when he was saying any of the white ruling class parts, not only did i agree with him about the way our power structure has been organized, i also saw it as banging the drum for obama as an alternate candidate. it's a campaign. and he believes in obama. of course he is going to discourage people from voting for hilary. there's nothing racist in encouraging people to vote for your candidate.
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[User Picture]From: astrobeej
2008-03-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
The thing I still can't wrap my head around is who gives a rat's ass what Rev. Wright says? Rev. Wright isn't running for president. Barack isn't espousing his views, in fact, he's denounced them. As far as I'm concerned, the matter is done. Any further reaction to Rev. Wright's opinions should be totally irrelevant to the election as far as I'm concerned. Man, if I were held accountable for the stupid things that my friends and family say and do, I'd be in Git-mo right about now.
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