Then I read an article on the website which clarified it more. It was not racist, but helped me to remember much history I had forgotten, from the Black's memory. Some of the issues he broached were those of segregation, poor education, hundred of years of slavery, and oppression for the Africa Americans, forced into labor as non-persons. Native Americans, too, were relegated to reservations. It is easy for us white population to overlook and forget those forgotten years. I remember when I first moved to Virginia passing a park area displaying the sign, "White Area." I thought nothing of it until I saw on my return visit the rest of the sign, "Black Area." I was shocked when I witnessed Blacks sitting at the back of buses, with Whites up front.
Dr. Wright has dealt with school segregation, unequal education, discrimination in housing, employment and actions by police.
Further he has witnessed the suspension of habeas corpus, warrantless wiretapping and other constitutionasl violations by our present government.. There has also been the possibility of its introducing AIDS.
It is easy to condemn his sermon without disclosing more of the facts or understanding the plight of the colored person in America.
Then too, we have been introduced to the possibility that the government was involved in the 9/11 attacks. He says, "We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, keeping Nelson Mandala behind bars,. and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
White Americans have been lied to, miseducated aand desensitized about what has happened to the Black community. They have believed history as told by the oppressior asnd failed to understand reality. Rev. Wright is not anti-American. Rather, he is challenging America to be the best that it can be. His statements are founded in historical truths.