Obama gave a speech today, touted as an effort to bridge the Democrats' widening racial divide, and an obvious attempt to control the damage resulting from the hate-filled speech of Obama's long time spiritual adviser, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Gallup finds race is the issue that divides the Democratic electorate more than any other:
In an aggregate of 6,721 interviews Gallup has conducted between March 1 and March 16, 80% of black Democrats support Obama while only 15% support Hillary Clinton. Non-Hispanic whites split 53% for Clinton and 38% for Obama, while white Hispanics are even stronger for Clinton, 59% to 37%.In his speech, Obama says Reverend Wright’s comments aren’t simply controversial, Wright's preachings are a "profoundly distorted view of this country — a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam."
The following video is a sampling of the "profoundly distorted" preachings of Obama's minister of hate:
Wright's "profoundly distorted" views are reminiscent of the maniacal rants spouted by radical Islam clerics, and just as wrong.
Wright is wrong when he calls on God to "damn America":
"The government gives them [African Americans] the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."Wright is wrong when he preaches that we support state terrorism against the Palestinians:
After September 11, 2001, he said: "We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."Wright is wrong when he says we invented HIV:
The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lies.Obama is just as wrong when he refuses to disassociate himself from Wright:
I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.Obama's refusal to dissociate himself from this preacher of "profoundly distorted" views is no different than the failure of Muslims to condemn the terrorism used by the Islamic extremists in the war they continue to wage against us.
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These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
The "profoundly distorted" views of reverend Wright, like those of the Islamic extremists, will not be overcome until the people of their own community disassociate themselves from the hate mongers.
Obama's speech might have been masterfully delivered by a great orator, but because of Obama's refusal to dissociate himself from the minister of hate, it was a speech that fails to help bridge the Democrat's racial devide.
You can read Obama's speech here or watch it here.