Dexter Rogers

Dexter Rogers

Friday, March 28, 2008

Media treats Obama unfairly for relationship with pastor


The last two weeks Barack Obama has been scrutinized by the media for being linked to his pastor of twenty years, Jeremiah Wright, and his so-called divisive rhetoric. Here’s a sampling of Wright’s statements that’s ruffled the feathers of many whites. In a 2003 sermon Wright stated:

"The government gives them 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."

He continued, "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."

On March 13th Obama gave a very eloquent speech on race: the Obama camp deemed the speech necessary in part to respond to Wright’s statements. Obama is a presidential candidate: he shouldn’t be held responsible for another mans words. The intricacies of racism are very dynamic and confusing. It’s not fair for Obama to explain such intricacies they he was not responsible for erecting.

I think it’s a case of the “ole conquer and divide” strategy. The white establishment is trying to place two African Americans against one another.

Some things never change.

Wright’s words remind me of those Malcolm X. In 1963 moments after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated Malcolm stated, “the chickens have come home to roost.”

Malcolm suggested Kennedy was a victim of the consistent hate and crimes whites historically have committed against people of color in America and abroad. The climate made it conducive for it to eventually claim one of their own.

It’s called Karma: what happens to us today happens to you tomorrow.

Facts indicate this country has a historical legacy encased with racism commencing with the rise of American slavery. Many, particularly whites, don’t want to go there because that means someone would have to admit to the oppression and how it’s impacted American culture.

Honesty is where the problem lies.

Many whites refuse to collectively own their oppression or that any ever took place. They cleverly opt for silence on the subject and simultaneously negatively label those African Americans who boastfully speak truth. Instead of constructively listening to the message many whites simply avoid it.

Malcolm X is a prime example. Malcolm awoke many people and gave them something to think about yet he was characterized as a hate-teacher who incited violence.

How can this be true? Did Malcolm ever kill anyone like the KKK has, or prevent whites from voting, or legalized the ugliness of Jim Crow?

Case closed.

Obama shouldn't be guilty by association: Wright is entitled to his opinion like any other person. Besides, when has any white presidential candidate been asked to denounce the atrocities their forefathers committed?

The media is trying to create negativity as a last ditch effort to curtail Obama’s monumental effort in claiming presidential glory. It's no mistake that mainstream media is controlled by white males. Over 90 percent of what we read, hear, and see is manufactured from a white vantage point. They spin stories to make us think one thing is going on when in actuality something else is happening.

That’s why we need more African Americans in the media to combat the latter.

It’s not right what the media is doing: attempting to conquer and divide two African Americans right before our eyes for expressing what they believe to be their truths and mute the messages they seek to convey.

I guess some things never change.