Old man Webster defines 'White Noise' as 'a constant background noise; especially : one that drowns out other sounds'. That's exactly what the cleverly edited Youtube sound bites of Reverend Jeremiah Wright poppin' off are doing - drowning out the sounds of the real messages behind his sermons. As I mentioned in my Friday post, it's important to gather your own facts and draw your own conclusions since neither the democratic nor republican PR machines can be trusted to provide the unvarnished truth.
Everyone has an opportunity to listen to more or all of Rev. J-Wright's dishonestly edited sermons to get the context of the infamous sound bites that continue on heavy rotation on conservative radio and TV shows. My brother in the struggle, Skeptical Brother, has even posted a few if you want to get started on that right now.
To illustrate just how disingenuous the '9/11' clip is, the one which outraged so many because of Rev. J-Wrights's use of the phrase 'chickens coming home to roost' inferring that the US 'had it coming' for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it appears that Rev. J-Wright's biggest criticism should have been that he was unoriginal since the basis of that thought came from a (northside) former US Ambassador - a career US diplomat who spent 32 years in the US Foreign Service and served as Deputy Director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism under President Reagan - a man who has more credibility drawing such an inference than either you, me or a preacher from the southside of Chicago...
Three days ago, the Huffington Post reintroduced the world to Ambassador Edward Peck. It was Peck's comment on 'chicken's coming home to roost' that Rev. J-Wright referred to as described by the HP article:
"I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday," Wright declared. "He was on Fox News. This is a white man and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America's chickens are coming home to roost."
Wright then went on to list more than a few U.S. foreign policy endeavors that, by the tone of his voice and manner of his expression, he viewed as more or less deplorable. This included, as has been demonstrated in the endless loop of clips from his sermon, bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki and nuking "far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye."
"Violence begets violence," Wright said, "hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism."
And then he concluded by putting the comments on Peck's shoulders: "A white ambassador said that yall, not a black militant, not a reverend who preaches about racism, an ambassador whose eyes are wide open and is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice... the ambassador said that the people we have wounded don't have the military capability we have, but they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them... let me stop my faith footnote right there."
I encourage all of the outraged to continue their own independent investigation of Rev. J-Wright - a well meaning preacher who has been cast as a bigot and racist, who has been compared to unapologetic White Supremacist David Duke (which is patently ridiculous) and, given the tenor of the hysteria over his comments, would do well to begin wearing a Kevlar vest before appearing in public again. To that craziness - all I can say is SLOW YOUR ROLL, AMERICA!
Be informed, focus on the issues and use the brain the good Lord gave you. In politics, especially when the presidency of the United States is on the line, nothing is ever black and white.