Friday, March 21, 2008
Wright's not all wrong
It's been a popular pastime of late to be appalled by surfacing statements made by Obama's minister, Reverend Wright, but I agree with some of the “incendiary” stuff he’s saying.
America IS run by rich, white men.
America HAS run roughshod over the world, dropping bombs under false pretenses and getting in bed with tyrants when it's convenient for us.
America CONTINUES to run away from dealing with the racism that bubbles beneath its "polite society" surface.
And there's no denying that the United States' relationship with Israel IS a major reason the U.S. has been targeted by Al-Qaeda. Bin Laden has stated that fact clearly.
OK, the Reverend does get a little crazy with the HIV conspiracy talk, etc., but it is troubling to me that critics are painting everything he says with the same "anti-American" brush of condemnation. The man makes some good points. The man is operating on a lot of righteous anger. And isn't being critical of America a sign of a citizen who truly cares about his nation?
James A. Baldwin thought so:
"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
Of course, there is no matching the eloquent reflections on the topic made by Obama in his now famous "race speech," so I'll let that link do the rest of the talking.