Is anyone listening, really listening hard, to what the eccentric Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been saying?
I admit to superficially following the headlines on this one. He’s made some outrageous claims from the pulpit, regarding the origins of AIDS and 9/11, and his one-time parishioner, Barack Obama, has been attempting to distance himself from the outrage for the past several months.
But Wright outdid himself Sunday speaking to the NAACP in Detroit, referencing an entire generation of soft-headed academic studies that purport to explain away African Americans’ failures to succeed educationally.
Jeremiah Wright draws on a long line of Afrocentric charlatans.
Heather Mac Donald | 29 April 2008
The list of Afrocentric “educators” whom Reverend Jeremiah Wright has invoked in his media escapades since this Sunday is a disturbing reminder that academia’s follies can enter the public world in harmful ways. Now the pressing question is whether they have entered presidential candidate Barack Obama’s worldview as well.
Some in Wright’s crew of charlatans have already had their moments in the spotlight; others are less well known. They form part of the tragic academic project of justifying self-defeating underclass behavior as “authentically black.” That their ideas have ended up in the pulpit of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and in Detroit’s Cobo Hall, where Wright spoke at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund dinner on Sunday, reminds us that bad ideas must be fought at their origins—and at every moment thereafter.
It is truly frightening to believe that a segment of our culture accepts as true the wrong-headed absurdities Wright trotted out Sunday.
Approving of self-destructive behavior in school is just one part of the vast academic project to justify black underclass dysfunction. The academy has also singled out crime as authentically black, another poisonous idea that Wright appears to have embraced. In his NAACP speech, he mocked the tendency of “those of us who never got caught” to treat “those of us who are incarcerated” with disrespect. In other words, we all commit crime, but only some of us get nabbed for it.
Do sensible people of any race really buy into this?
[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]
And of course the real question, the dead serious question: Senator Obama, is this what you believe? Should you win the White House, is it your goal to accept such academic claptrap as the basis for your administration’s education and law enforcement policies?
It’s no longer enough to “denounce” such dangerous nonsense in generalities any longer. You, Senator, yourself, are Exhibit One in contradiction to everything Wright believes about our culture.
Stand up and say so.
It’s it for now. Thanks,
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