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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Yeah......You Wish.....plus Rendell and Farrakhan sitting in a tree.......

Funny how this blog and it's comic inspired theme segues into the political. But better yet, have you guys seen this:

If you are not familiar with the gentleman in the video above, he is Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. This is the same Ed Rendell that not only supported Hillary
Clinton during her primary run in PA but also made comments (whether rightly or wrongly) affirming that White Pennsylvanians will not vote for a man of color.....well, because he is a man of color. Now let the pandering begin-the clip you are watching took place in in 1997 in a far, far away galaxy now known as Killadelphia before a predominantly Black audience at rally entitled "A Solution Too Heal The Racial Divide." The location was at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church with Minister Louis Farrakhan in attendance. The question I want to ask is-are Black politicians the only ones that must be given the do you know and believe in Farrakhan litmus test? And why wasn't this suspiciously leaked to the press before the PA primaries commenced just like the Rev. Wright tapes were in relation to Obama? Is this a Twilight Zone question? What say you our loyal readers/commenters?

Oh and lest I forget, Obama has since left Trinity, no doubt the Father Pfleger brouhaha was the final lynch pin that led to his decision. It is unfortunate but inevitable as it appears that he will be named the Democratic nominee sometime this week...hopefully. Check out this excerpt from Carol Platt Liebau of Townhall.com concerning Obama's departure from Trinity:

For someone whose campaign supposedly brought with it the promise of racial healing, Barack Obama has so far done little to effect any meaningful interracial understanding. His press conference yesterday, announcing his departure from Trinity United Church of Christ, is just the most recent indication that Obama’s status as a “great hope” for racial healing has been considerably overrated.

Neither explanation for some of his remarks yesterday is likely to burnish Obama’s credentials as a racial reconciliator. Either Barack Obama doesn’t understand what the Wright controversy was really about – or he understands all too well, and has decided that exacerbating racial tensions is preferable to voters believing he was a little too comfortable for two decades at a church where nasty racialist rhetoric emanated regularly from the pulpit.

After offering his statement about leaving Trinity, Obama engaged in the following exchange with a reporter:

Q: Senator Obama, do you think that it will be possible for you to join another black church or historically black church, or do you think that as a matter of sort of – do you think that political correctness is going to be an issue in this election and that’ll be a factor in the racial mix of the church that you join?

A: You know, it’s an interesting question. I mean, I do think that – and I said this earlier, that there is – there is a different religious tradition or a worshipping style in some of the historically African American churches and other churches. But you know, I’m confident that we’re going to be able to find a church that we feel comfortable with and that will reflect our concerns and our values. But I do think that there is – you know, there is a cultural and stylistic gap that has come into play in this issue.

Remarkably, his comments seem to attribute the brouhaha over his attendance at Trinity to the “stylistic and cultural gap” between black churches and the wider culture. What he means by this isn’t clear, but there only two logical conclusions one can draw from the remarks, and both are disturbing: Either Obama thinks that anyone who objected to his attendance at Trinity was a racist – or that his fellow congregants at Trinity (and members of other black churches) are.

For the remainder of the Townhall piece, click here.

Just as I predicted, this really is a cultural issue with certain Black Church idioms being misinterpreted and questioned by the mainstream media. I saw this coming just when the Rev. Wright controversy first broke and White commentators rhetorically asking-"why were politics being discussed in a church anyway?" Despite this blog's past criticisms of the "marriage" between the Black Church and politics, it is pretty much understood that is within the African-American tradition. We will delve into this issue further when Jeremiah Camara, author of Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? drops by Afronerd Radio in the next few weeks. Again, what's the consensus folks?

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