The American ruling classes cannot abide uppity blacks.
Nor can they abide truth tellers.
Look at the histories of Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois Dr. Martin Luther King to illustrate what I mean.
I say next to nothing about the disgraceful and lying right wing print, internet, radio and T.V. pundits. They are transparent in their trickery and dishonesty.
But our so-called "liberal" media blowhards are much more deceitful and dangerous.
They are far too savvy to take on Senator Barack Obama.
So the uppity black who must be pilloried is conveniently Senator Obama’s (former) Pastor.
How very convenient.
Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a truth teller, and we cannot have that can we? We have become far too comfortable with the proven liar who has occupied the White House these past seven years.
Bob Hebert’s column in the allegedly liberal New York Times this morning (April 29th) was a despicable piece of yellow journalism. It is character assassination worth of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Hebert never once tells us what Pastor Wright has said, nor what important questions the Pastor raises.
Instead he makes assertions based on the colour of Pastor Wright’s skin, AND the content of his character.
Here are two excerpts to show you what I mean.
“It’s a twofer. Feeling dissed by Senator Obama, Mr. Wright gets revenge on his former follower while bathed in a spotlight brighter than any he could ever have imagined. He’s living a narcissist’s dream. At long last, his 15 minutes have arrived“.
“All but swooning over the wonderfulness of himself, the reverend acts like he is the first person to come up with the idea that blacks too often get the short end of the stick in America, that the malignant influences of slavery and the long dark night of racial discrimination are still being felt today, that in many ways this is a profoundly inequitable society.”
Shame on Mr. Hebert and greater shame on the New York Times.
Commentators (I will not dignify them with the word “journalist”) and pontificators have simply not taken time to learn about Black preaching, (and if you are wondering, I took a one semester course on this at a Black Seminary in Atlanta).
We need to understand the half teasing, half provocative rhetoric of the Black Preacher. The sisters will be crying “Preach it Brother”, and the brothers will be adding their “Amens”. Then, just when the congregation is beginning to think “it doesn’t get any better than this”, the Preacher will come out with a “zinger” at his “gotcha” moment. The congregation will be shocked and rocked. Shocked into an initial silence; then rocked with laughter.
The measured and erudite politeness of Episcopal preachers is fine it its own way, but it often lacks a vital ingredient - passion.
If we would but take the trouble to learn about traditions which are not our own, then we might become much less likely to be smirking with Bob Hebert.
The American Governing Classes cannot abide uppity blacks.
Nor are they friends of uppity women. Watch out Hilary, they be after you next.