March 21st, 2008
06:33 PM ET

The full story behind Wright’s “God Damn America” sermon

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Roland Martin has listened to several of the sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Portions of the sermons have been excerpted in recent stories. Martin says listening to the full sermons help put the excerpts in context.

I just finished listening to the nearly 40-minute sermon Rev. Jeremiah Wright gave on April 13, 2003, titled, “Confusing God and Government.”


For those of us watching and listening to the media in the last week, it is better known as the “God Damn America” sermon.

Wright’s scriptural focus was Luke 19:37-44 (reading from the New Revised Standard Version).

In this sermon, Wright spoke about the military rule during biblical days, led by Pontius Pilate. It was clear, through his language, such as “occupying military brigade” that he was making an analogy to the war in Iraq.

“War does not make for peace,” he said. “Fighting for peace is like raping for virginity."

“War does not make for peace. War only makes for escalating violence and a mindset to pay the enemy back by any means necessary,” he said.

He then gets to the thesis of his sermon, saying, “y’all looking to the government for only what God can give. A lot of people confuse God with their government.”

Wright criticizes the Bush administration and its supporters for using Godly language to justify the war in Iraq. He equates using God in America as condoning the war in Iraq to the same perspective of Islamic fundamentalists.

“We can see clearly the confusion in the mind of a few Muslims, and please notice I did not say all Muslims, I said a few Muslims, who see Allah as condoning killing and killing any and all who don’t believe what they don’t believe. They call it jihad. We can see clearly the confusion in their minds, but we cannot see clearly what it is that we do. We call it crusade when we turn right around and say that our God condones the killing of innocent civilians as a necessary means to an end. WE say that God understand collateral damage. We say that God knows how to forgive friendly fire."

“We say that God will bless the shock and awe as we take over unilaterally another country, calling it a coalition because we’ve got three guys from Australia, going against the United Nations, going against the majority of Christians, Muslims and Jews throughout the world, making a pre-emptive strike in the name of God. We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing that Al-Qaeda is doing under a different color flag – calling on the name of a different God to sanction and approve our murder and our mayhem.”

He continues on his thesis of equating government with our God, saying that God sent the early settlers to America to take the country from Native Americans; ordained slavery; and that “we believe that God approves of 6 percent of the people on the face of this earth controlling all of the wealth on the face of this earth while the other 94 percent live in poverty and squalor while we give millions of tax breaks to the white rich.”

He also criticizes the “lily white” G-7 nations for controlling the world’s capital.

Then Wright speaks to:

1. Governments lie.

“This government lied about their belief that all men were created equal. The truth is they believed that all white men were created equal. The truth is they did not even believe that white women were created equal, in creation nor civilization. The government had to pass an amendment to the Constitution to get white women the vote. Then the government had to pass an equal rights amendment to get equal protection under the law for women. The government still thinks a woman has no rights over her own body, and between Uncle Clarence (Thomas), who sexually harassed Anita Hill, and a closeted Klan court, that is a throwback to the 19th century, handpicked by Daddy Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, between Clarence and that stacked court, they are about to un-do Roe vs. Wade, just like they are about to un-do affirmative action. The government lied in its founding documents and the government is still lying today. Governments lie.”

“The government lied about Pearl Harbor. They knew the Japanese were going to attack. Governments lie. The government lied about the Gulf of Tonkin. They wanted that resolution to get us in the Vietnam War. Governments lie. The government lied about Nelson Mandela and our CIA helped put him in prison and keep him there for 27 years. The South African government lied on Nelson Mandela. Governments lie."

“The government lied about the Tuskegee experiment. They purposely infected African American men with syphilis. Governments lie. The government lied about bombing Cambodia and Richard Nixon stood in front of the camera, ‘Let me make myself perfectly clear…' Governments lie. The government lied about the drugs for arms Contra scheme orchestrated by Oliver North, and then the government pardoned all the perpetrators so they could get better jobs in the government. Governments lie."

“The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. Governments lie. The government lied about a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein and a connection between 9.11.01 and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Governments lie."

“The government lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq being a threat to the United States peace. And guess what else? If they don’t find them some weapons of mass destruction, they gonna do just like the LAPD, and plant the some weapons of mass destruction. Governments lie."

2. Governments change. He said long before the United States colonized the world, so did Egypt.

“All colonizers are not white. Turn to your neighbors and say that oppressors come in all colors.”

He then went back to the Bible and spoke about the changing of kings in Babylonia.

“Prior to Abraham Lincoln, the government in this country said it was legal to hold African in slavery in perpetuity...when Lincoln got in office, the government changed. Prior to the passing of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution, government defined African as slaves, as property. Property, people with no rights to be respected by any whites anywhere. The Supreme Court of the government, same court, granddaddy of the court that stole the 2000 election. Supreme court said in it’s Dred Scott decision in the 1850s, no African anywhere in this country has any rights that any white person has to respect at any place, any time. That was the government’s official position backed up by the Supreme Court – that’s the judiciary; backed up by the executive branch – that’s the president; backed up by the legislative branch and enforced by the military of the government. But I stop by to tell you tonight that government’s change."

“Prior to Harry Truman’s government, the military was segregated. But governments change."

“Prior to the Civil Rights and equal accommodation laws of the government in this country, there was backed segregation by the country, legal discrimination by the government, prohibited blacks from voting by the government, you had to eat and sit in separate places by the government, you had sit in different places from white folks because the government said so, and you had to buried in a separate cemetery. It was apartheid, American style, from the cradle to the grave, all because the government backed it up."

“But guess what? Governments change. Under Bill Clinton, we got a messed up welfare to work bill, but under Clinton blacks had an intelligent friend in the Oval Office. Oh, but governments change."

“The election was stolen. We went from an intelligent friend to a dumb Dixiecrat. A rich Republican who has never held a job in his life; is against affirmative action (and) against education – I guess he is; against healthcare, against benefits for his own military, and gives tax breaks to the wealthiest contributors to his campaign. Governments change. Sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad.”

“Where governments change, God does not change. God is the same yesterday, today and forever more. That’s what his name I Am means. He does not change."

"God was against slavery on yesterday, and God, who does not change, is still against slavery today. God was a God of love yesterday, and God who does not change, is still a God of love today. God was a God of justice on yesterday, and God who does not change, is still a God of justice today."

“God does not change.”

3. He then speaks of the government in his Bible text and said the Romans failed. Then he said the British government failed even after it colonized the world. He said the Russian government failed. The Japanese government failed. The German government failed.

“And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent, she failed. She put them on reservations."

“When it came to putting her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in interment prison camps."

“When it came to putting the citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains. The government put them on slave quarters. Put them on auction blocks. Put them in cotton fields. Put them in inferior schools. Put them in substandard housing. Put them scientific experiments. Put them in the lower paying jobs. Put them outside the equal protection of the law. Kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education, and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness."

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three strike law and then wants us to sing God Bless America. Naw, naw, naw. Not God Bless America. God Damn America! That’s in the Bible. For killing innocent people. God Damn America for treating us citizens as less than human. God Damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and she is Supreme."

“The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent. Think about this. Think about this. For every one Oprah, a billionaire, you’ve got 5 million blacks that are out of work. For every one Colin Powell, a millionaire, you’ve got 10 million blacks who cannot read. For every one Condi-Skeezer Rice, you’ve got 1 million in prison. For every one Tiger Woods, who needs to get beat at the Masters, with his Cablanasian hips, playing on a course that discriminates against women, God has this way of brining you up short when you get to big for your Cablanasian britches. For every one Tiger Woods, we’ve got 10,000 black kids who will never see a golf course. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.”

“Tell your neighbor he’s (going to) help us one last time. Turn back and say forgive him for the God Damn, that’s in the Bible though. Blessings and curses is in the Bible. It’s in the Bible.

"Where government fail, God never fails. When God says it, it’s done. God never fails. When God wills it, you better get out the way, cause God never fails. When God fixes it, oh believe me it’s fixed. God never fails. Somebody right now, you think you can’t make it, but I want you to know that you are more than a conqueror through Christ. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.”

He then went on to talk about the salvation of Christians through the death of Jesus Christ. The sermon ended with a song proclaiming, “God never fails.”


– Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Roland S. Martin
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Conrad

    WOW, after reading this it is even more disturbing than the 30 second sound bites. I am a "Typical White Person" and really feel like this democratic race has turned brutally racial. I will be voting for Hillary and if she doesn't get the nomination I will be joining the rest of my "Typical white friends and family members" to vote for McCain. I can not vote for some one with Radical & Corrupt Associations. (Wright & Rezko)

    March 21, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  2. Steven

    One more thought–why is this excellent article (and same goes for the one on the 9/11 sermon), which goes to the heart of the Obama/Wright affair, so difficult to find–on a blog, rather than being up front and center of CNN's coverage, both on the website and on the cable broadcast? Come on CNN, let the truht out!

    March 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm |
  3. Concerned American

    I would like to ask all the blogger tonight a question. Why is it that there are so many (media included) people trying to explain what it is that Obama means whether in speeches or his relationship with Pastor Wright. It seems all these people are tripping all over themselves to do so. Why?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  4. Rose San Bernardino, Ca

    Can we just get along? We all have different skin colors...we still bleed the same BLOOD, right?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  5. hurricaneheart

    Wright and Obama both scare me. Obama's just smarter so he shows a polished facade.

    The thing is, we can't show a direct relation between Sen Obama's actions and Rev Wright's bitter racism. That's because Obama has kept his beliefs hidden. He has voted "PRESENT" in the Senate so many times, voters have no idea what this guy stands for! That's the scary part.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  6. ben two

    If George Bush referred to his grandmother as a “typical black person” and she was actually black, what would be the problem? If Sen. Obama’s grandmother has a problem with him describing her as “typical”, I’m sure she could just pop him upside the head. THEY ARE FAMILY. They love each other. I suppose that he could have called her atypical.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  7. deep

    Jesus was crucified on this day, people. He died for all our sins. These things we fight about are so freakin trivial. Why don't we all...all of us...Black and White...take a chill pill in our own lives. Take a step away from some of the things we say secretly in our homes every now and then? Let that be a starting point. When you point a finger, there are 3 more pointing back at you.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  8. deep

    As a white person can you not call a family member typical? I think you can. As a black person can you not call your family members typical? I think you can. He is part white, right?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  9. Yvonne

    Ali, Why didn't slave traders go to Scandinavia and ask Scandinavians to round up Scandinavians of lesser means. Please. They wanted strong workers and people who could endure the sun. It was a matter of money and race.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:45 pm |
  10. Yvonne

    Mo, If George Bush refered to his grandma as a typical white person, would you have a problem? No. Because he too is white. Newsflash... Obama is also white.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  11. allxdreamer

    Wright says the Government knew pearl Harbor was going to be attacked? That is crazy. Wright says the government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color? Not to mention other remarks. Read this ppl! If this is not an anti-Government bunch of ppl, I'd like to know who is! If this were white people, law officials would be getting in on this. Is a church the kind of place where you need to be talking anti Goverment and racial remarks like this? I don't think so. But just to enlightened Wright and his members, including Obama, if it weren't for one war, the civil war, which many American's died, Wright and Obama would not have the freedom to give these ANTI-AMERICAN sermon. Unthankful, irrogant bunch of jerks.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  12. anne, detroit, mi

    I don't think Obama is a good choice but not for any "racial" reason. His financial experience is non-existent, he wants tax hikes. That's not leadership.

    I don't think we should automatically assume he's a healer. No President should have that much power. It's what in a person's heart that causes them to do what they do. relax, and don't let Washington have that much power over you.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  13. Concerned American

    If Obama becomes president we will see change that will reverse all the progress that's been made over the last century. We have evolved but if he steps into office our children will have no future and our country will spiral in crisis.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  14. mo

    Would the mainstream media and the public want to "move on" if George Bush referred to someone as a "typical black person?!"

    March 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
  15. Dominique, VA

    Well said! Anyone reading this who oppose it whole-heartedly are afraid of the truth, and furthermore fear it. Become aware that our history is a huge influence in our lives. Just as oppression and being disenfranchised still resonates in the hearts of many blacks, ignorance, selfishness, and arrogance is clearly still prevalent among some white americans.
    By the way, Rev. Wright does not influence Obama's governing, he influences his spirituality, and last time I checked it's how you will govern not how spiritual you are that determines electability!

    March 21, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  16. bs

    Roland-There is no appropriate context to the quotes. In your attempts to restore Obama to his lofty status you have lost all objectivity. Reverend Wright deliberately spreads hate, anger, and falsehoods in order to elevate himself in the eyes of his pawns. There is no excuse for this. It is simply wrong!!

    March 21, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  17. Eugene

    To Jerimiah: Someone that racist should leave. Then how many of your friends and relative do you want to leave. You and yours are not sinless. Be careful of what you wish on others. You yourself sound like a racist.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
  18. Reggie

    Ok, Rev. Wright said some things that were not accepted well by people that wasn't even in the same state and everyone one else! Obama shouldn't be jugded by what someone else says. And there's this 'white folk' comment, I'm trying to understand how has he thrown his grandmother under the bus? It is true that older white people sometimes say racial slurs around thier families, not meaning to degrade that person, but maybe thats all they know. Now everyone is going to try to say that is why they will not vote for him. Thats my man!I take nothing from Hillary, but the little guy from Iran is not going to respect the US. I would be in fear of my life if she was elected, wouldn't you America?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  19. Concerned American

    I knew this was going to happen as a blogger stated above. You want every white person to apologize for slavery. Is this where we've gotten to with Obama! So how much do you want? Would you prefer a check or cash with your request? Being black, I'm insulted that someone would expect our goverment to repay us for something that happened al long time ago. Leave it in the past or at least tell Obama to.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  20. ben two

    It is amply clear that many of the posters on here comment without having read what was written in the article nor having listened to Sen. Obama's March 18th speech on race.

    Being negative and hateful is EASY. Cranking open your mind a notch or two to try to understand other viewpoints is DIFFICULT. Hmmmm...

    March 21, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  21. deep

    This is a sad country. We will continue to polarize, and continue to live an American lie. These aren't conversations. It's just so sad that everyone is so angry. From most of the people posting here, and down to Wright.

    Why cut and splice his sermons? What was that for? People don't get it. They want us to be mad and angry, and that's what is happening.

    Realize that there is predjudice in almost everyone. Regarding blacks, whites Latinos. Asians, fat people, women, gays, etc. Mostly everyone has a preconceived idea. And everyone...Obama iincluded...can misspeak.

    But let's continue to call him a racist. Because everything he's done proves that!

    March 21, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  22. OAS

    Thank God Jesus came 2000 years ago, because today he wouldn't have lasted 3 years on earth. His harsh words to the money changers in the temple would not have been well received. He would have had to be politically correct for the media, instead of flowing in the prophetic and being the voice of God. He definitely would have been killed much sooner with the vicious unbelievers that exist today. It seems the descendants of the Pharisees and Sadducees are alive and well.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm |
  23. m ramos

    That the Rev. Wright was brave enough to give a sermon like this speaks volumes about his and Sen. Obama's character. After watching Sen. Obama's speech on race, I was overcome with a sense of satisfaction that when I voted for him in the Ca. primary , It was the only time in my adult life that voted for someone I believed could move this country in a different direction.
    After reading and listening to people slam the Rev. and Sen Obama. I understood why people were overwhelmingly willing to follow Pres. Bush into the abyss we call Iraq. We as a people are unwilling to ask the hard quetions. In this case why does our country act like it does, in who name does it act and can our actions around the world be causing our problems at home.
    For me the change and hope that Sen. Obama represents is that this is a great country and we have our problems. We have caused injury to some of our own citizens, but we can do better .

    March 21, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  24. americaneagle

    There's nothing new under the sun. Some Americans are still racist but most are fair minded and will listen to any candidate whether black white, woman, man. There's nothing new under the sun.

    Happy Easter-Peace of the Lord with you all

    March 21, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  25. Billi

    Why is the whole speech any better? It rambles and still has the same message – outrage. It is not just the words he speaks. It is the manner in which he speaks them. When he says God DAMN America, the emphasis is defientely on the DAMN. You can explain away but the truth is that Jeremiah Wright is a very emotional experience. You can't just pick apart the words and ignore the emotions behind them. If white people cannot understand the "black" experience. maybe it is true that black people cannot understand the "white" reaction to these emotional expressions.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  26. Steven

    Thanks to Roland Martin for actually doing some real research, and some real reporting on the Wright affair, and finally bringing some actual sanity and contextualization to bear. This is still a very harsh sermon, with some outrageous and false assertions (about AIDS for instance), and Obama is right to distance himself from those words. Ironically, however, the central sentence about damning America that has caused so much offense is not nearly as outrageous as it first appears.

    It is based on a substantive argument about America's external and internal bad deeds (in which not only African Americans but also Japanese Americans and Native Americans are included as victims). It also seems to me based on a fairly standard theology, that any decent religious leader, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or whatever, would understand, which is that when a government, a human institution, starts playing God, that is when the trouble starts.

    The key sentence here is:
    "God Damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and she is Supreme.”

    In other words, it is what Wright sees as the American government's claim that "she" is to all intents and purposes equivalent to God, in other words nationalist idolatry, that is the reason for damning America, for America is trying to replace God. That "as long as" is a key conditional–for if America's government and people were to act with proper humility, knowing that they were not God, but UNDER God, then America would not be damnable.

    This is a hard thing to say, but it is the duty of preachers to preach truth to power, and if anyone remembers what it was like in this country back in April 2003, then I think what Wright says here is brave, and theologically sound. You can disagree, but from a reliigous perspective it cannot be deemed unpatriotic or irreligious. Indeed it is precisely those that do equate America with God, the extreme nationalists, who are being idolatrous and in that sense bad patriots.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  27. Jolene

    Roland: Sounds like you are getting your share of sermons today! This sermon was very interesting. Not quite sure what to make of Pastor Wright now. I would love to hear one of Wright's sermon's which inspired Obama too. Then, I would get the entire "360" view of this Pastor. Thanks.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    March 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  28. Concerned American

    Obama can throw around the race card and make us all think were racist, even his own grandmother. Oh, by the way I'm black so please "let down" throw out the typical white people stuff.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:24 pm |
  29. Concerned American

    Amazing, CNN is screening the blogger's and deleting what they feel is negative toward Obama. What is we could delete CNN of the tv and satelite!

    March 21, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  30. ali

    I think Sen Obama and rev Wright and every other blind-with-hate leftist miss the point that slavery was not motivated by race but by money. Alex Haley, in "Roots" informed us that Africans rounded up fellow Africans of lesser means.Those slaves were brought into this country by land owners who wanted cheap labor. It didn't matter what color the labor was. The racism we see today doesn't have its roots in color of a man's skin but in love of money.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  31. Mark, Streamwood Il.

    Thank you. Thank you.

    I have longed to see someone give us the whole sermon, and now it says something completely different.

    Kudos to CNN for having the guts to post it, though it should be front page. It would solve a lot of this debate.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  32. passport peeker

    Roland – can you answer me why in the world Obama would say "typical white person?"

    There's no such thing as typical white person any more than there is such a thing as a typical black person.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm |
  33. let down


    March 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm |
  34. dell

    Since when are sermons about American foreign policy?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  35. L3

    God blesses everyone, everywhere.

    Learn to deal with it.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  36. Debra from Fl.


    To say that, "Fighting for peace is like raping for virginity " ... is only a statement to support the racist base of the sermon.

    We are not fighting for peace ... we are fighting for freedom and independence for ourselves and those who have been tyrannized. But I suppose if you wanted to stir a stink and work the people into a lather against their government ... you would have to convolute the truth to serve your need to convince masses.

    "G.D. America" ... sounds allot like the "death to all americans chant " and the fact that blacks and other races REFUSE to assimilate themselves ..... OR BE IDENTIFIED AS TRUE AMERICANS SHOULD BE A MAJOR CONCERN !!!!!! .....
    Couple it with all the hatred he could squall out at the CLINTONS because they are white and not dirt poor...... and other anti white American comments .... over a period of 20 years ....

    If you can still call Obama ELECTABLE .... then I wish you would get out of my country. THIS IS MY COUNTRY ... MY FATHERS FOUGHT FOR MY FREEDOM HERE ... they fought for yours too .... long before anybody ever heard of Martin Luther King... Louis Farrakahn ... Jesse Jackson ... Al Sharpton and anyone else that wants to excuse black racists for inciting disorder and incivility .

    If a white church spewed that garbage every week .... there would be Sharptons and Jacksons in TRIBAL ATTIRE AND PAINTED FOR WAR ALL OVER THE PLACE .... demanding prosecution for hate speech... and the fact that Obama won't denounce any of it SPEAKS VOLUMES ! ! !

    March 21, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  37. Betty Ann

    Thank you Roland for the complete sermon.
    It is true that Americans have over stepped their bounds.
    We have been the bullys of the world and we just keep running over people to get what we want.
    I appreciate you printing the whole sermon so it makes much more sense.
    Rev. Wright is really speaks the truth in whole. We should listen.
    I feel completely differently about this now.
    Thanks and PEACE!

    March 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  38. t ronant

    If a white candidate said that a black person was just a "typical black person", that candidate would be finished.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  39. Derrilyn Price

    Listen people....The reason this disparity still carries on is because the U.S. has refused to apologize for Slavery. Flat out refused. I'm not talking about individual citizens having to apologize, the Government refuses. But Native Americans have gotten an apology. Why?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  40. Fay, CA

    I'm a little confused by some of the commentors who seem to believe that racism is an issue of the past and that it no longer affects blacks–they apparently aren't aware of the many studies which show that blacks can still be subject to unfair and unequal treatment when it comes to health care, buying homes or cars and getting loans–while there has been progress over the years in terms of equality, there is still a lot of disparity and black leaders aren't trying to "keep blacks down" or keep them stuck in the past by addressing these issues, they are only pointing out the facts.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:10 pm |
  41. colene

    thank you for posting the full speech.Now if you can tell Archie Bunker oh i mean Lou Dobbs to read the entire speech maybe we can stop beating this dead horse.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  42. missgulch

    When does Reverend Wright get to the part about being like Christ?

    March 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  43. BillK

    Its about time somebody in the media took a look at the totality of the career's worth of sermons by Rev. Wright instead of the constant 10 minutes worth of soundbites. Roland, how about looking at some random selection of his sermons for analysis? My guess is that the Youtube soundbites we are endlessly tormented with might be the sum total of his controversial remarks.

    But, more to the point, can we move on already from this whole Rev. Wright controversy? The media, including CNN, has proved to us all that they can beat the life out of any candidate they wish. It's about time to take the foot off his throat and let him up already. I mean, when 2 on-air newspeople at Fixed News Network no less, start saying enough is enough with their Bash-Obamathon, you know its time to move on.

    March 21, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  44. Bryan

    Why will CNN not show the context of the videos and give viewers the right to make up their own minds based on a fair presentation. Wait, of course, the truth is not news worthy.

    The Pastor's legacy's been destroyed to fuel ratings.

    March 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm |


    we are sick and tire of your spin concerning obama. you talk how obama is trying to bring change to politics; however, all you do is spin spin spin for this guy. what will he have to do in order for you to say something thats true about his campaign that may be negative. you are a typical obamacrit when it comes to spinnig to win p.s i'm tired of seeing you 5 times a day saying your being honest when you can't even be honest with yourself.

    March 21, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  46. Jan from Wood Dale, IL

    It's obvious that in April of 2003 Rev. Wright didn't like Bush or his administration. He' was not alone in those feelings. Many white people felt the same way. However, there are more constructive ways to promote change. Did Rev. Wright actively encourage his congregation to vote for Al Gore? Or John Kerry? Did he encourage them to contact their Senators or Congressmen? Did he encourage them to do "missions" to help those less fortunate then they were? Did he encourage them to volunteer their time or services?

    Maybe when Sen. Obama made the comment "It's a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." he was referring to Rev. Wright.

    March 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm |
  47. jeremiah

    Wright is nothing but a joke. I can see why obama and his wife feel the way they do, especially after listening to him for 20 years. If this man hates America so bad, why don't he leave. We do not need someone that racist in this country.

    March 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm |
  48. Susan

    This article is proof that when statements, and video clips, are taken out of the context they were made in misunderstanding follows.

    March 21, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  49. Hal B

    Lou wake up and smell the coffee, you speak of why WE can’t move forward in the democratic party….. WE must first acknowledge the past which is what this HONEST dialogue is supposed to be ….
    HONESTLY had the video of two men being run down by cars, there would have been a public out cry. But the cars were driven by SC. Police and victims black; so lets pretend it didn’t happen.
    HONESTLY had Gov. Richardson given his support to Clinton, would this be the “Identity campaign”.
    HONESTLY Nobody wants to push aside the Tragic history of the Jewish people.. but we all would like to move on from SLAVERY, can’t move on by pretending it didn’t happen.
    Minorities in this country don’t want reparations or a hand out...
    “We want cops to start shooting unarmed white men.”
    (Sounds crazy doesn’t it)
    The American people have not dealt with past by being “Politically Correct”; by not calling Mr. Obama the N word.
    What the media is doing is asking (quietly) “did you notice he’s black”??
    Rev. Wright is not running for office nor was chosen as VP.
    Gov. Richardson couldn’t have given his support to the best man for the job.
    HONESTLY, Lou Dobbs you need to take an HONEST look in the mirror..
    Hal B

    March 21, 2008 at 8:54 pm |
  50. OAS

    If any of my future children decide to run for President one day, I guess I'll have to warn them that the media and America is going to judge you on what church you attend and what your pastor says in his sermons. So be sure not to miss a sermon or just don't go to church at all like Hillary.

    March 21, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
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