The World has gone Mad and I’m Crazy – Well Maybe I’m not
Balance – there’s that word again. Every time I think I have it, something happens to remind me that it won’t be here for long. A friend said that I’m obsessing over Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Maybe I am, but I really want to understand this guy. Why? Who knows.
I printed out his speeches last night, one from the NAACP and the other was the one he gave at the National Press Club. I saw the interview on the Bill Moyers show Friday, April 25th. To top everything off, thanks to YouTube I was able to follow along on the written speech from the National Press Club and see it at the same time. Am I obsessing?
I haven’t seen a lot of the press releases on how inflammatory Rev. Wright is, but I got the gist that many think this guy is crazy and Obama needs to distance himself from the reverend. So Obama did exactly that by saying Rev. Wright’s speeches are not what Obama is about.
Here’s how I interpret Rev. Wright. I see the reverend as loving his congregation, wanting our society to change, for the white folks — I’m generalizing here and he may very well mean everyone, but I think he has focused on the whites and their ancestors — to openly admit all the bad things our ancestors did, and to accept each other’s differences. I think Rev. Wright sees our society as ready to move forward. Truly seeing and accepting the truth will bring a better and healthier society.
He states that the black church is practicing the principle of “different does not mean deficient.” Let’s think about that for a minute. Imagine that you have been abused and suppressed as a child for years. Your own parents and everyone around you has ingrained in you that you are “different,” a person of a lower class, your life is valued as unimportant. Now you’re an adult, and they’re telling you that they shouldn’t have said that to you. They don’t apologize for what they did but they tell you to stop feeling that way, and even though you feel badly, they say “get over it.” Do you think your life is going to change? I believe not. I think you’ll continue to feel the way you were taught to feel, unless, someone who truly cares about you tells you over and over and over again that “different does not mean deficient.” When you finally start to believe that you are worthy, that you are a precious child of the world, and you can be proud of your ancestry, what emotions do you think you’ll be feeling? I think I’d get angry at the fact that these people suppressed and treated me so horribly and now aren’t sorry for it. It takes a big person to be able to put the anger aside and live a peaceful forgiving life from that point. Meanwhile, serious consequences like mental illness, hate, family dysfunction, and who knows what else has transpired after years of this kind of cruelty.
I believe Rev. Wright has good intentions. I believe he’s angry because most of the people he talks to are not listening, they are taking little bits and pieces, “soundbites,” of his passion and misinterpreting what his message is — hence inflammatory statements.
I once had a professor that said his goal was to change our paradigm. He felt it was important for us to see the world as it truly is and not in the little safe place that we were brought up in. He did this loudly and with a lot of passion. When we got angry, it was then that we were able to climb out of our comfortable little box to understand what he was talking about. This professor was a priest that changed my paradigm forever. I will be forever grateful!
The next question is why the heck is Rev. Wright picking now to do all this. Is his goal to ruin Barack Obama’s chances of becoming president? I think not. I think Rev. Wright is doing it now because he can. I believe he feels his message has nothing to do with politics. I also think he feels or is beginning to realize that we are not ready for this change in our society. I think we will find him saddened after all is said and done.