Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.: One Of The First “Thrown Under The Bus” Continues To Speak Out
In a sermon given recently at Shorter Community A.M.E Church in Denver, Colorado, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. touched on several issues, particularly those relating to Black men and the various “mess ups” we can find ourselves involved in.
Rev. Wright, who is most famously known as President Obama’s former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, has long been an active and outspoken individual. In fact, Rev. Wright’s resume of speaking and working for the underprivileged can go toe to toe with pretty much anyone’s, including his most famous former congregant.
While in Denver, Rev. Wright focused on a broad range of issues, including those relating to adultery, which is an especially hot topic these days given the recent admissions of Rep. Anthony Weiner. Wright said, “The higher the levels, the greater the devils. David’s words have blessed millions of people, but David still messed up”.
What has always struck me as odd is how much Rev. Wright was vilified by numerous Black people for simply standing behind his words. There were many so focused on the historical meaning of getting the first Black President elected that it didn’t matter what needed to be done or who needed to be run over to make it happen. Having worked in politics, I understand that it is a dirty business. However, being willing to discard as trash those you once considered as close friends, and even mentors, is not excusable simply by saying “that’s politics”. That speaks to the character of a person, and what it says isn’t good.
I support President Obama in doing what needs to be done to help get the country back on the proper track. However, I’m also glad to see that Rev. Wright is still remaining vocal and active, and didn’t allow the negative media-fueled backlash from the 2008 election deter him from continuing his work of positivity.