Is Reverend Wright Wrong?

The controversial former pastor to Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is on the loose again. Just when some of us believed it safe to engage in a sensible and reasoned discussion about race in America, Reverend Jeremiah Wright is blazing away with his own brand of fire and brimstone from his pulpit of African American church theology.

The controversy exploded after the September 11th attacks. Wright preached a sermon chastising America for dropping atomic bombs on Japan and supporting, what he characterized as, state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans.

Just recently, Rev. Wright told the national press club in Washington, D.C. that he hopes, “The most recent attack on the black church – it is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright – it’s an attack on the black church.”

At a news conference in Wilmington, North Carolina, The Washington Post quotes Barack Obama who said: “I just want to emphasize that this is my former pastor, any of the statements that he’s made both to trigger this controversy and that he’s made over the last several days are not statements that I’ve heard him make previously. They don’t represent my views. And they don’t represent what this campaign’s about.”

Some people say that Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a racial demagogue and others say Obama’s repudiation of Wright is too little too late. What do you think?