In his own memoir "Dreams From My Father," Obama described how an early meeting with Wright quickly devolved into Wright telling him in paranoid terms that the black man will never be safe in America. Obama told of an early sermon that preached of a world of white greed, "a world where cruise ships throw away more food than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks' greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere."
"White folks' greed runs a world in need," but Wright never disparaged whites to Obama's face? Does Chris Matthews think lying is Lincolnesque?
The press was content to let Obama explain away Wright's viciousness by suggesting his reverend was raised in a segregated world where opportunities were constricted and blacks had to scratch and claw to get ahead.
But as Morton Klein wrote in The New Republic, this passage, too, struggled with the facts. Like Klein, Wright went to Philadelphia's Central High School, an academically prestigious school that was 95 percent white, and lived in an upper-middle-class neighborhood.
The press was content to let Obama explain that the anger and bitterness of Wright's generation over their experiences with discrimination have not faded. They did not wonder: Since when does a minister of Jesus Christ preach a gospel of bitterness, vengefulness, and hatred? What kind of man of God expresses an unwillingness to forgive? Why would Obama the Uniter allow this generational bitterness to be handed on like a legacy to inner-city school children, so that they too could despise a White World of Greed? Where are the faith and the hope and the charity in that message?
Obama tried to claim that the outbreak of Wright's poison was a distraction, not a real issue, and the press obediently echoed his complaint. But Barack Obama can't be a Messiah of Unity and embrace his minister who proclaims "God Damn America" and makes crackpot allegations that the AIDS virus was invented by the government for black genocide.
Embracing Wright is not a distraction. It is a disqualification.