Saturday, April 26, 2008

Jeremiah Wright

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright

I wish I had known ahead of time that The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was going to be interviewed on Bill Moyers' Journal last night so that I could have urged you to watch it. I was simply blown away by how terrific this man is. Here's part of an article from Common Dreams about it:

As I type this, I am watching the Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Bill Moyers’ Journal on PBS here in the United States. It’s quite a revelation.

He is wonderful, wise, and brave. He’s speaking some harsh but necessary truths. The segments of his sermons knit together by the Clinton campaign and the likes of Fox News are a cynical attempt so sow hatred and discord, to win a political campaign by and through fear. If you have not seen this interview, you owe it to yourself and your country, if you are at all interested in justice, honesty, healing, and truth, to watch it all the way through.

He’s absolutely right about the fact that the United States of America was founded through injustice and ugly acts against Native Americans and African slaves. Why is this so hard to absorb? If a nation cannot face the truth about the past, it’s not likely to survive the challenges of the future.
I am very grateful that Bill Moyers, who represents the very best of American journalism, had the guts, gumption, and sense of responsibility to interview Rev. Wright and look at the story behind the story, to ask questions and examine contexts. That’s what sane, responsible, intelligent CITIZENS of a democracy are supposed to do: assume nothing; question authority; look beyond the spin and B.S. and ask “whose interests are being served by presenting history in a particular way?”

I urge you to watch the program. You can do so (or read the transcript) right here.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Ellie. I didn't watch it either last night, so I appreciate your quotes and link.


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