Rev. Jeremiah Wright comes to Detroit
If the rabidly desperate supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton hadn’t gone so far out of their way to mischaracterize, misjudge, and misrepresent Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright for being so open and honestly black about issues that too much of America simply cannot stand for a black man to be honest about, my guess is he wouldn’t have been selected to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Detroit Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner on April 27. I’m sure they would have chosen somebody interesting – they’ve had a long list of interesting speakers in recent years – but I don’t think anybody they considered inviting would have been able to hold a candle to what the Rev. Wright has in store for those fortunate enough to hold a ticket.
This is going to be a major event in Detroit. Believe me. This is going to be one of those “Were you there when…?” kind of events.
This annual NAACP occasion, billed as the largest sit-down dinner in the nation, frequently draws a considerable amount of media attention. I saw former VP Al Gore give one of his better speeches at a Freedom Fund dinner, and I was also there several years ago when Sen. Barack Obama spoke to a very excited audience. Large numbers of media were in attendance both times, but I don’t think either of those events will even moderately compare to this one in terms of media fascination.
Thanks to the twisted do-anything-to-anybody-at-any-time-to-win-this-damned-thing mentality of the Clinton campaign, the attempt to tear down the well-earned accomplishments of an already great and well-known man have now catapulted him into being one of the most well-known religious figures in America today. Now the curious, the critical, and the admiring from all around the world are versing themselves in Rev. Wright’s teachings. Now everybody wants to know what makes this man tick, and white people are much more curious – and somewhat afraid – about what this African American worship experience is all about. Many of them were granted entrance to their first black church service during those few carefully selected and inflammatory soundbites, and all these many weeks later their minds are still sizzling.
But Rev. Wright is nothing new to black people. Not at all. And the very idea that the media has seen fit to pillage the prophet for delivering the truth is something many of us, even those of us who rarely attend church, can sit still for. After all, if we can’t scream and shout our frustrations to the Lord in church, then where the hell are we supposed to go to lay our burdens down?