Lee Culpepper sees the light, or at least the Wright.
Watching the â€œReverendâ€ Jeremiah Wright gesticulate like a horny peacock and spew out ignorance, hatred, and bitterness towards America truly inspired my religious faith. …
I donâ€™t know about you, but I feel liberated now that I realize that my own stupid decisions and selfish actions are no longer my fault. Now that I wonâ€™t have to accept responsibility for my thoughts, my words, or my decisions, I am thanking God for creating rich, white people for me to blame all my problems on. Iâ€™m also thanking God for justifying my sin whenever I allow myself to think something I shouldnâ€™t about other people — just as Reverend Wright has taught me to do. …
I also realize now that rich, white people are responsible for poor children growing up in single-parent families. I used to think that the irresponsible sexual behavior and lack of commitment between the childrenâ€™s parents were responsible. But I guarantee these parents feel a lot better knowing their fornication is someone elseâ€™s fault. Thanks to the Wright kind of reverend, I now have a totally new respect for sexually immoral people â€“ unless they are rich and white, of course.
Despite the conflicting medical evidence, I now know too that AIDS and drug abuse are rich, white peopleâ€™s fault. Individualâ€™s who choose to abuse drugs and engage in deviant sexual behavior are merely victims driven to bad decisions by rich, white people. Certainly being a victim of evil people feels better than thinking of oneâ€™s self as just a pathetic drug addict or a promiscuous sexual deviant. â€œOh, I am so gladâ€ that Reverend Wright worked â€œtwice as hardâ€¦to get a passing gradeâ€ and that he knows he is â€œsmarter than that C-student sitting in the White House.â€ Otherwise, I would have never known the truth about drugs and AIDS.
I canâ€™t tell you how relieved I was Tuesday concerning Obama and Wrightâ€™s twenty-year relationship. Obama said, â€œNot once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms.â€ Praise the Lord for prepositional phrases like â€œin my conversations with him.â€
When Obama said, â€œI can no more disown [Wright] than I can disown the black community,â€ I was glad Obama didnâ€™t actually mean, â€œIf I disowned Reverend Wright because heâ€™s a racist, I would instantly become one of those â€˜Negroes who just donâ€™t get it.â€™â€
I finally swooned (actually, I cringed) at Obamaâ€™s hopeful audacity when he eloquently humiliated his white grandmother for political gain because â€œshe once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion [had] uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made [Obama] cringe.â€
I havenâ€™t figured out, however, how rich, white people caused Obamaâ€™s father to abandon his responsibilities as a dad and a husband â€“ thereby forcing someone else to provide for and care for his child. Perhaps Mr. Obama strategically deserted his family so Reverend Wright could preach that Barak â€œfits the moldâ€ of a poor, black man — even though Obama was raised by his generous and loving white grandparents.
More importantly, Iâ€™m just grateful that Barak refocused our country on â€œthe real culpritsâ€ related to racial hostilities. Obama targeted â€œa corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed,â€ as well as â€œeconomic policies that favor the few over the many.â€ Yes, Obama, if Americaâ€™s evil corporations and economic policies were not preoccupied with causing greater suffering in the world, perhaps they could find time to develop medications to treat AIDS and continuously improve technology to better our lives.
Obama has reminded all of us that we have a choice. We can examine disturbing evidence in order to draw the right conclusions. Or we can simply ignore it and have the audacity to hope it just goes away.