So after some input from a few other people (Hey Pops! Hey Chris!) I think I may have gone a little too hard on the Wright Rev. I still don't know what I think--I imagine that part of my distaste stems from a visceral dislike of people using religion to further politics. I know that everyone in the country does this, and among black folks it's been especially powerful. I don't have a strong argument here against it, accept a very personal one, and that being that I was essentially raised agnostic, and thus just don't "get" religion. But that's about me, not Rev. Wright,
That said, one of the big things that's made me reconsider all this is the fact right-wing political folks are some much worse and utterly and unapologetically bigoted. My Pops sent me the following off of HuffPo and I think you might see what I'm talking about within:
Every Sunday thousands of right wing white preachers (following in my father's footsteps) rail against America's sins from tens of thousands of pulpits. They tell us that America is complicit in the "murder of the unborn," has become "Sodom" by coddling gays, and that our public schools are sinful places full of evolutionists and sex educators hell-bent on corrupting children. They say, as my dad often did, that we are, "under the judgment of God." They call America evil and warn of immanent destruction. By comparison Obama's minister's shouted "controversial" comments were mild. All he said was that God should damn America for our racism and violence and that no one had ever used the N-word about Hillary Clinton.
More later, once I know how I feel. One thing that's clearly at work here though, is something present in all of black life--we always get penalized more. Clearly Wright's statements aren't even in the same ballpark as some these wing-nuts. Furthermore, while it's simplistic to say it this way, isn't it basically true that 9/11 results from American foreign policy? Did we or did we not empower the Mujahideen in Afghanistan?