Monday, April 28, 2008
"Your own conduct and actions have brought this upon you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!"
--- Jeremiah, 4:18, NIV
During the past four days, I've been amused to "hear" the corporate news media react to Dr. Jeremiah Wright's three extraordinary presentations on the Bill Moyers Show, the Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and the National Press Club.
The silence has been deafening compared to the corporate media feeding frenzy over the out of context snippets from Wright's sermons delivered nearly seven years ago. The media "experts" on nearly nothing but commenting on nearly everything have zipped their pie holes shut.
This silence is because Jeremiah's right.
He is right about how a consistent and bloody history of domestic and international terrorism cause "chickens to come home and roost"
He is right about the cultural differences existing between Africans in America and European Americans relative to educational learning styles, music and linguistics.
He is right that his vilification by the corporate owned media is really an attack on the Black church and its historic role in forcing this nation to live up to the principals outlined in the Constitution which has always been a fickle lover to Africans in America.
He is right in speaking truth to power and questioning Dick Cheney's "patriotism". Cheney received five --- count them --- five deferments to avoid being drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Jeremiah is right that few white Americans, and particularly reporters know anything about Black Liberation Theology.
If your perceived world through its media, educational and entertainment systems, reinforce the false notion that "white" culture, accomplishments, history, music and even "white" interpretations of the Sacred and the Eternal should be viewed as "righteous", "infallible" and superior, you will begin to think of yourself as a perverted "First Cause" --- a "god" if you please --- and see all others, not only as inferior, but possessing an inability to challenge anything about how you perceive the world in which you think you have created.
You will be utterly confused.
You will be unable to accept the simple idea that you may be incorrect about people of color, incorrect about how people should worship, and incorrect about the "superiority of white culture". In sum, you will have little need for anyone's opinion except your own and a narrow interpretation of the world around you.
Yes, Jeremiah's right, and unfortunately you're wrong...