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The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke again today, this time at the National Press Club. He said recent criticism of him has really been an attack on the black church. He didn’t specify which.
Wright said the theology of the black church is a “theology of liberation; it is a theology of transformation and it is ultimately a theology of reconciliation.”
Despite its long history, he said the black religious tradition is in ways, “invisible to the dominant culture.”
“Being different does not mean one is deficient. It simply means one is different, like snowflakes,” Wright said, echoing comments he made last night to nearly 10,000 at an NAACP dinner in Detroit. Reconciliation means “we embrace our individual, rich histories.”
Thoughtful comments, certainly, despite the flurry over his relationship with Barack Obama.
But they do raise a question or three.
Why, after months of remaining silent, is Rev. Wright speaking like this now, just as Senator Obama has been trying to put the issue of his relationship with Rev. Wright behind him?
What are Rev. Wright’s feelings about Obama and his campaign for the presidency if he’s speaking this way at this moment, while Obama struggles to reach working class voters in upcoming primary states and, by the way, to maintain the appearance of inevitability he had wrested from Hillary Clinton? Remember that Obama recently, gently, distanced himself from Wright.
And, perhaps more important, where will this go?
Will Wright continue to distract Obama’s campaign, even as the reverend raises important issues? Will he inspire Americans to think through his ideas?
Or will his ideas, Obama’s, Clinton’s and John McCain’s all be obscured by the theater of controversy?
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