I watched his speech to the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP last night and I must say that it was explosive! He brought up a lot of issues on a academic level. The theme of his speech was “Different doesn’t mean deficient”, which is actually a recent theme of the NAACP and he tailored his speech to that theme. He supported his speech with empirical evidence about the differences between black and white people in playing music, learning, speech patterns, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed his speech!
I see how he gets a rousing response when he’s in a pulpit in a church because he gets a rousing response from a dais in a conference room. I think he speaks tons of truth and can also see how people see him as divisive, but I agree that he’s simply being descriptive. I’m not so sure that I would want to hear that particular agenda in church though. His sermons are probably more about god and belief and the church, but if his sermons are anything like his speech to the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, I would say that they would be too political for what i would like from a sermon.
I am 100% down for the discourse Rev. Wright began with his speech, but in an open forum without the guise of religion! It’s the political nature of his sermon that put Obama on the hot seat because as a politician, his pastor was talking about (in my opinion) so much that had nothing to directly do with God, religion and the church; though his content and delivery isn’t uncommon for the modern black church. A by-product of America’s historically abhorrent treatment of black people has been the dependence on the black church, by a disenfranchised population, to address more than just god. The Black church, traditionally, had to also feed the need of its congregation to address their issues, stories and survival in the face of corrupt and inhumane behavior by white people. The contemporary manifestation of addressing those needs is the political black church.
The American black church is the source of pride, the standard bearer for the fight against injustice for black people. The truth in the saying that “Sunday morning from 9am-10am is the most segregated hour in America” was initially because of law, is now so because of choice but will always be a time of black people clearing their throat and talking about things that “white folks are doing wrong”. It’s logically mixed with fire and brimstone since the condemnation of the injustice and evil actions of white people towards black people (and indians). since the beginning of America, is a primarily a condemnation of ungodliness.
It’s good to put the word of god in a political perspective and hence, make it more relevant for people, but I personally tend to like my sermons more about faith, belief and a good hymm! Even though I NEVER actually go to church, I went yesterday and had a good experience. It’s so funny that his speech came on Sunday night after I went to church for the first time in years (Actually, i did drop in on NYE 2007).
Here’s a link to clips from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s speech that was aired live on CNN. It’s 4 parts and you can see them all at redlasso.com, the site where the link will take you to: