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Roland S. Martin
360° Contributor and Radio Host
Associations, associations, associations.
Words, words, words.
I keep writing about them because they are all quite interesting.
Sen. Barack Obama¹s longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has been at the center of a lot of criticism, including his relationship with Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
As I've written before, folks should be careful to not use one person's praise against their opponent because you might have to do the same to one of your supporters.
In the ABC debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton again brought up Rev. Wright's association with Farrakhan. Trust me, it wasn't positive. And in the previous debate with Obama on MSNBC, she called on him to repudiate and denounce Farrakhan¹s unsolicited praise of the junior senator from Illinois.
A lot of folks have commented on the issue, but one person who has been real quiet has been Gov. Ed Rendell.
Maybe that's because as mayor of Philadelphia, Rendell, who is Jewish, had some really wonderful things to say about Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
Now, for a broader discussion about individuals and words, should Rendell renounce his prior praise, delivered in a passionate speech? Or do we learn a lesson by seeing individuals through more than one lense?
I would love to ask Rendell if he feels the same about Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam today as he did 11 years ago?
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