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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hillary Burns Blacks, Like General Sherman Burn't Down Atlanta

Hillary Clinton as General Sherman - Her Own March To The Sea

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Hillary Clinton is a "Spoiler" and is making the 2008 Election her own personal scorched earth, color aroused campaign that reminds this blogger of General Sherman ordering his troops to burn crops, kill livestock, consume supplies, and destroy civilian infrastructure along their path. After her loss against Barack Obama in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton, (like General Sherman in Georgia) has been determined to burn and destroy, and has issued orders accordingly. The candidate, Hillary Clinton, seems to have issue d the following proclamation:

Burn The Democratic Party
Burn The Blacks too.

To the Black Citizens of America: You are instructed by General Hillary that you must all leave America; that as many of you as want to go back to Africa can do so, and that as many as want to go other countries that will treat you as equal can do so, and that all blacks can take with them their movable property.

Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and other people of color are included, if they want to go, but that no force is to be used; and that we will furnish transportation for persons and property as far as Rough and Ready, from whence it is expected General Bill Clinton will assist in carrying it on. Like transportation will be furnished for people and property going back to Africa, and it is required that all things contemplated by this notice will be carried into execution as soon as possible. We only want
Hard-Working, White Americans
living in the United States of America.


Hillary and Bill "We want To Be President at All Cost" Clinton's

AAPP: Hey I could be wrong, maybe it's not General Sherman she was chnneling, Maybe it was
George Wallace? Be that s it my, I agree with the writer of Was Hillary channeling George Wallace? Hillary's reckless exploitation of racial (color) division could split the Democratic Party over race -- a tragic legacy for the Clintons.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Hillary and Bill The Long Color Aroused GoodBye

The Clintons are at it again, first its Hillary's "white Americans" comments in another color aroused and bigoted statements about her white support. then its Bill Clinton Angrily Defending Hillary's Healthcare History. Yes, its classic Clintons making a classic color aroused case that she is the white women who understands white people. Jack and Jill Politics calls it WHITE APPEAL!

As MYDD blogger kbuggy noted, "The broad consensus is that Hillary's comments are clearly deepening rifts in the Democratic party and hurting the party's chances in the fall. Are you listening superdelegates." Yes, she thinks White Americans” Prefer her.

As blogger,The Conscientious Objector noted in a recent post, "Okay, it's my understanding this bitch is now saying that young people, blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other American people who are NOT white or who have college educations do NOT work hard for a living? Gimme a break pah- leeeze."

AAPP: I guess this is Hillary and Bill The Long Color Aroused Goodbye.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Quit Hillary, Just Quit!

It's Over Hillary! It's over!


Your running out of money, time, luck and most importantly, the
Black Vote. You barely won in Indiana and Obama blew you out in North Carolina. There are only six contests remaining and your hopes of getting the nomination are gone. It's time for you to go Hillary. Just Go!

Hillary, You threw the kitchen sink at obama, including color aroused campaigning. Despite it, Obama is still standing and your beginning to look like a women scorned. Hillary you considered yourself the come back kid, but Obama seems to be the come back man.

You raised $10 million in 24 hours. and its probably gone. Your campaign is broke again. Like your hopes of winning. It's time to quit. No one
is hearing you. Your done, its over.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Live Blogging with African American Political Pundit

Handkerchief Head? Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Race Traitor?

AAPP: I'm with Brown Sugar who says:

"Sigh. I'm done. I'm so tired of Black folk with slave mentality's I don't know what to do. This is just ridiculous. I supposed if Clinton had called her a Nigger to her face she'd still be talking about, "She is able to look through complexion and see community."

AAPP: Yes, Maya Angelou is a great poet and a aging house negro icon who feels her new calling is to be a 21st Century Handkerchief Head for Hillary and Bill.

OK, she is 80 years old, Icon in the black cultural movement, but I know some 80 year old woman who will not disgrace our people, and they are not Icon's.

Yes, she has a right to endorse anyone she wants too. I only wish she used the common sense of Tom Hanks.

Video of Tom Hanks Endorsing Barack Obama

Tom Hanks delivers one of the best endorsements of this Political Seasons. Check it Out: H/T Black Women In Europe

Monday, May 5, 2008

Hillary Can't Win In The Fall Because of "BlackLash" by Black Voters

Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.

That is not my words. That's the words of the NY Times. The NY Times endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.


Hillary Clinton has questioned why he didn’t walk out on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.; why he “denounced” but didn’t “reject” Louis Farrakhan; and whether he is too chummy with the former radical Bill Ayers. She chastised his characterization of white working-class voters as being highfalutin and chided him for not agreeing to a street-fight-style debate.

Bill Clinton has called Obama’s stance on the war a fairy tale, dismissed an early primary win as mere Jesse Jackson redux and recently claimed that Obama was playing the race card against him. Some of this is valid, the result of Obama’s own missteps, but some of it is baffling.

The rhetoric appears to be trafficking in old fears and historic stereotypes. The unspoken (and confusing) characterization of Obama is that he’s militant yet cowardly; uppity yet too cool for school.

The question is this: Have white Democrats soured on Obama? Apparently not. Although his unfavorable rating from the group is up five percentage points since last summer in polls conducted by The New York Times and CBS News, his favorable rating is up just as much.

On the other hand, black Democrats’ opinion of Hillary Clinton has deteriorated substantially (her favorable rating among them is down 36 percentage points over the same period).

While a favorable opinion doesn’t necessarily translate into a vote, this should still give the Clintons (and the superdelegates) pause. Electability cuts both ways.

If Hillary Clinton should defy the odds (and the current math) and secure the nomination, she would be hard-pressed to defeat John McCain without the enthusiastic support of black voters, stalwarts of the Democratic base.


AAPP: If Hillary got the nod from the Superdelegates and became the Democratic Nominee she would be hard pressed to get 80% of the Black Vote this fall. Many blacks will be pissed an register as Independents. Black voters will remember her comments about Martin Luther King versus LBJ. Black voters will remember that Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.

Many black voters may stay home if the Superdelegates steal the election from Obama. Black folks will remember the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, "I'm are sick and tired o being sick and tired."

But I'm not the only one thinking Some blacks may stay home if Obama not on ballot. at Cox News Service noted Clinton may see black backlash if Obama loses.

God Damn The Black Community

AAPP: H/T Brother Peace Maker - Check out afrospear member Brother Peace Maker's most recent post of the Afrospear's blog. He has a lot to say about the Rev. Wright situation and what black folks should be saying and doing. He has an interesting perspective that needs to be part of the conversation. Check out his post:

God Damn The Black Community

“God helps those who help themselves!” – Benjamin Franklin

Reverend Jeremiah Wright is in the news again and is said to be a distraction to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, by far his most famous former parishioner. Reverend Wright has spent the last week or so giving his side of the story. Mr. Wright feels that he has been personally attacked and also feels that the institution of the black church has been attacked by the dominant American culture. He’s been referred to as a kook and described as trying to knee cap Mr. Obama’s presidential bid. Mr. Obama tried to minimize his relationship with his former pastor. But when that didn’t put the issue to rest, Mr. Wright conveniently comes back on the scene to give Mr. Obama a second chance to sever the relationship cleanly in the public’s eye.

The overwhelming majority of America never knew Mr. Wright prior to the networks airing of the infamous recording of Mr. Wright saying that god should be damning America instead of blessing America. People refer to Mr. Wright as a blatant racist although he never once said white people were the problem. Mr. Wright said black and white people are different with neither one being better than the other. But this is too racist a concept for most. White and black people are actually saying that Jeremiah Wright is the problem. No one of any prominence has given Mr. Wright any understanding or support, with the possible exception of Bill Moyers when he hosted Mr. Wright on his PBS show Bill Moyers Journal and allowed the former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ to defend himself without adding fuel to the fire of controversy. Mr. Moyers doesn’t have a political agenda to push so it is no surprise that he isn’t condemning Mr. Wright the way that the typical network pundit would.

But nevertheless, for the most part, when it comes to the black community, Mr. Wright is standing alone. Other than Mr. Moyers, I have yet to see any high profile support. Where are the leaders of the black community? Where are the people who claim to the welfare of the black community a top priority? It is a given that white people would want take the five or ten minutes of Mr. Wright’s sermons that have captured America’s attention. When Mr. Wright says god should damn America white people take this personally for America is white America. America is baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet. America is the corporate environment where white people rule the upper management, white people make up the vast majority of middle workers, and black people make up the bottom rung of the corporate ladder in janitorial services and the mailroom. To say America is messing up is to say that white people are messing up since they are the ones in control of 98% of America’s institutions. And these corporate institutions are using their resources to pick Mr. Wright apart and make him an example of what happens when you bad mouth America.

And with an election coming, and with the chance that a black man could actually obtain the highest office in America’s land, America will push with all of its corrupt corporate capitalist might to find anything and emphasize anything to keep Mr. Obama from obtaining the title of President of the United States. It is truly understandable why the dominant community would work so hard to keep the status quo of white only from being broken. Black man might become president and try do something positive for the black community. White America just can’t take that chance. So I can understand why the Tucker Carlsons and Sean Hanitys and Pat Buchanans of the world to persecute Mr. Wright, and therefore Mr. Obama by association. These are the type of people who would be content to see the despair of the black community continue without end. But where are the people who say that they have a vested interest in the uplift of the black community?

Where are the people who are more likely to defend Mr. Wright? Barack Obama tried to distance himself from Mr. Wright without outright rejecting him and it nearly cost him his lead in the presidential nomination race. There is too much to lose. So regardless of what Mr. Obama says to the contrary it is relatively easy to see how his highly visible divorce from Mr. Wright can be considered politically advantageous. So it doesn’t take much of a brain to see that there will be no comfort there. Where are the other high profile blacks who sit in black churches on a weekly basis and can relate to what Mr. Wright says about being black in America? Are we in the black community are supposed to believe that Jeremiah Wright is a lone exception with a totally unique perspective of the relationship between America and what she has done for and what she has done to the black community? Are we to believe that no other black high profile black celebrity has any idea what he is referring to? Comment and Read More HERE

The chief white woman in this country

More Color Aroused Campaigning

Jealous Negro Syndrome

Rev. Wright diagnosed with Jealous Negro Syndrome

Keli Goff

H/T The Daily Voice.com

keligoff.gifInstead of celebrating the fact that there is an entire generation that has been able to attend, compete, and succeed in some of the nation's most elite institutions, there is a quiet resentment that the Barack Obamas of the world are reaping the benefits of their generation's hard work, and it's just not fair. More HERE

Cheating Black Men? Is Barbara Walters A High Price Madam?

Sen. Edward Brooke - Then


Former Sen. Edward Brooke - Now

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Former U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke declined to comment Friday about whether he had an affair with Barbara Walters in the 1970s.

"I have had a lifetime policy and practice of not discussing my personal and private life, or the personal and private lives of others, with the notable exception of what I wrote in my recently published autobiography, `Bridging the Divide: My Life,'" he told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Miami.

A relationship with Walters wasn't mentioned in his book, the 88-year-old former senator from Massachusetts told the AP.

His memoir was published in 2006.

In an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scheduled to air Tuesday, Walters shares details of her relationship with the married Brooke that lasted several years in the 1970s, according to excerpts of the show provided to the AP.

A moderate Republican who took office in 1967, Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate. Walters said he and she knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined their careers.

At the time, the twice-divorced Walters was a rising star in TV news and co-host of NBC's "Today" show, but would soon jump to ABC News, where she has enjoyed unrivaled success. She said her affair with Brooke, which never before came to light, had ended before he lost his bid for a third term in 1978.

Brooke later divorced, and has since remarried.

Walters, 78, will appear on Winfrey's show to discuss her new memoir, "Audition," which covers her long career in television, as well as her off-camera life. On "Oprah," Walters recounts a phone call from a friend who urged her to stop seeing Brooke.

Barbara Walters, new role model for adultery

Oh, you Barbara Walters. Always titillating us. Always dishing the good dirt while amusing us with your funny R's. Always getting people to confess their little secrets like they're just among old friends, and not with millions of strangers watching. How very naturally curious and devilishly ditzy you are, besides being one saucy media mama with a very open view of love and romance and adultery and all that good stuff.

Promoting her new autobiography, Ms. Walters is a guest of Oprah Winfrey's tomorrow. Because we are psychic -- and also have a copy of an Associated Press article, based on a transcript of the pre-taped show -- we predict she will discuss her hay-rolling done three decades ago with Edward Brooke. Mr. Brooke was a moderate, African-American, Republican U.S. senator back when that combination was atypical. (What, you mean it's still rare? Who knew?)

Mr. Brooke had one trait that was more common: He was married at the time of an alleged affair that Ms. Walters is now happy to tell the world about. We say alleged because Mr. Brooke declines to dignify her girly gossip by confirming it, and for all we know she's making the whole thing up, like people in the media are so fond of doing. (But am I telling you the truth when I tell you the media try to deceive you? Since I'm in the media, you don't really know, do you? Ahhh, such a tangled web Morning File weaves.)

In any case, Barbara tells Oprah -- I think we girls can all be on a first-name basis here -- that the then-senator was "exciting" and "brilliant" and she was "infatuated." But she and Mr. Brooke were crossing moral, ethical and racial lines that could have caused them plenty of headaches at the time. Media types, for one thing, shouldn't sleep with the people they cover.

If Baba could have infatuated herself with other sexy, exciting men (I'm thinking Eric Sevareid here, but if you want to picture her instead with Harry Reasoner, be my guest), everyone would have been better off. More HERE


AAPP: Is Barbara Walters A High Price Madam? Or was Edward Brooke just another Pol who could not keep his pants on?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Wheelchair-Bound Black Woman Dies After Being Tasered 10 Times To Death, Family Files Suit

"My aunt was basically tortured like an animal or something." Delafield's nephew, Ryan Delafield, told First Coast News months ago. More HERE

As reported by many
News Outlets and USA: Amnesty International Nine months after Emily Delafield, 56, died after being tased by police, her family has few answers about the events that led to her death. "This has been a very tragic and sad situation," nephew Ryan Delafield said. According to Green Cove Springs Police, the wheelchair-bound Delafield was arguing with family members and swinging knives and a hammer when they arrived at her home. Ryan Delafield says he is his aunt’s personal representative. In the weeks after her death he needed a death certificate for matters of her estate. "May, June, July... it was three months before we got the death certificate," Delafield said.

On the death certificate, the Medical Examiner cited that the death was a homicide. To get more answers, Delafield says in the fight to get information, he was passed from department to department.

"I called the State Attorney's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Jacksonville Regional Office, the Medical Examiner… and the City of Green Cove Springs Police Department," said Delafield. More HERE

AAPP: Where is the NAACP and other Civil Rights group with this situation?

Emily Delafield

Check out the Blog Tasered While Black for more information on
Tasering Incidents Involving black people

Don't forget to link to the
Tasered While Black Blog

Detroit City Council Out of Control - Black Youth Can Educate Black Adult Politicans On HowTo Be Civil

Hat Tip "Jack Turner" — Jack and Jill Politics Blog

Monica Conyers (wife of John Conyers) should consider resigning.

Monica Conyers seems to have threatened a number of people.

So, what do you think folks?

The Color of Change: Black Activism On The Internet

Critics of Old Guard Take Black Activism Online

The Color of Change, The Afrospear and black bloggers are highlighted in a Washington Post article written by Darryl Fears, Critics of Old Guard Take Black Activism Online, which highlights how black bloggers are taking on Old Guard like the NAACP. It Highlights one of my favorite activist bloggers, Gina McCauley, at the blog What About Our Daughters and the internet based activist group, The Color of Change. Check out the article HERE

The article highlights how a growing cadre of young black activists are using the Internet in an attempt to reengage and sometimes eclipse traditional civil rights organizations such as the NAACP and hit the refresh button on the civil rights movement.

Big Hat Tip to Mr. Fears who writes, "Bloggers with names such as the Cruel Secretary, and blogs called What About Our Daughters? and the African American Political Pundit, have railed against groups in the "black-o-sphere,"

Note from AAPP: I Think Fears may have meant to say "blogosphere."

saying they do not understand young black Americans, are behind the times and react too slowly to incidents involving the younger generation.

The leaders of the fledgling movement -- Van Jones and James Rucker of ColorOfChange.org -- may not be familiar to many, but their work is. They circulated a letter and a petition last week promising that the Democrats will pay a "political price" if they overturn the will of black and young voters and choose Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y) as the party's nominee over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

Jones and Rucker were also the first to successfully raise awareness about the cases of six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder for beating a white classmate in Jena, La. The campaign led to one of the largest civil rights marches in the South in recent years.

Blogging While Brown

Blogger Gina McCauley, 32, who is organizing the first conference of nonwhite bloggers this summer in Atlanta, said that what Jones and Rucker have started "can potentially become a new Niagara movement," a reference to the small contingent of black intellectuals, including W.E.B. Du Bois, who met near Niagara Falls in 1905 to form an organization to oppose segregation. The organization eventually became the NAACP. Check out the full article HERE

Out Of Control Hillary ready to Make Iran another Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hillary looking forward to another bombings like Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is starting to sound like John bomb bomb Iran McCain.

Instead of looking for steps towards peace, an Out of Control Hillary Clinton wants to obliterate Iran. Check out how she defends 'Obliterate Iran' Comment

Obama Calls It Bush-Style 'Cowboy Diplomacy'

Meanwhile, Tom Hanks Endorses Barack Obama

Hillary. Black Voters and A Divided Democratic Party?

On Thursday Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Joe Andrew announced he has switched his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and is encouraged fellow superdelegates to make their choice for a nominee soon. (AP Photo) On Friday some folks did. With former DNC Chairs for Clinton sending a letter of support for Hillary Clinton, writing in the letter:

"Those of us who support Hillary Clinton for president do so with the knowledge that she, just like us, has dedicated her life to improving the standard of living for others, and she has worked to make our Party the strong force that it is today. Her values are our Party’s values. Her record of fiscal prudence is matched by her commitment to social responsibility. Her accomplishments in the area of strengthening America’s security are a matter of public record.

Hillary has run one of the most formidable campaigns in the history of our Party. Her wins this primary season are significant – Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas. Her base of support includes women, Hispanics, seniors, Catholics, middle and low income Americans, and rural, suburban and urban voters. That’s a formidable coalition tailor-made for victory in a November general election."

AAPP: You notice any groups missing from the statement above? Ooops Black folks...
I guess black voters are not important to the Democrats? - For that matter to Hillary Clinton. Did you notice her base of support is not African Americans vs Baracks base of support in many states, has been
broad, and includes, blacks, women, latinos, seniors, Catholics, middle and low income Americans, and rural, suburban and urban voters.

What are your thoughts? Is it a divided Democratic Party? Or should we all sit back and let Superdelegates do what Earl Ofari Hutchinson
and other Clinton supporter types, would have us do. I guess my good brother Earl Ofari Hutchinson would have the Color of Change and his hundreds of thousands of members to "sit on the back of the bus like good negroes, and not engage in the Democratic process of discussion and debate."

Is the Congressional Black Caucus Letting Down Afro-Colombians?

Check out the blog post: Letting Down Afro-Colombians

The Shameful Failure of the Black Congressional Caucus

By Nikolas Kozloff

As the debate over the U.S.-Colombian free trade deal heats up in Washington, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has grown concerned. On the Hill, the deal faces an uncertain future. Many Democrats have opposed the initiative because Colombia’s labor and human rights record continues to remain atrocious. Currently, the agreement is in a state of legislative limbo as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to postpone consideration of the deal.

In order to ram through his free trade agreement, Uribe must win over key African American legislators in Washington. In the unfolding debate over free trade, the Congressional Black Caucus could play a key role. Founded more than 30 years ago, the group of legislators seeks to achieve greater equity for people of African descent through domestic and international programs and services. What’s at stake with the Colombia trade deal, and why have African American legislators showed an interest in the issue?

Afro-Colombian Communities Displaced by War

Colombia is a country with the hemisphere’s third largest population of Afro-descendants, one million more than Haiti’s approximately 8 million predominantly African descendants. While Afro-Colombians make up more than 25 per cent of Colombia's population, they are disproportionately affected by the ongoing violence in the Andean nation.

Indeed, approximately 40 per cent of Colombia's 3.8 million internally displaced persons are of African descent. Whether they are caught in the crossfire or specifically targeted, Afro-Colombians are frequently forced to abandon their communities and ancestral lands.

Alba María Cuestas Arias, a displaced Afro-Colombian and board member of AFRODES (or the Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians), has said that displacement is used as a weapon of war. “Towns are destroyed, lives are destroyed,” she remarked. “The social fabric is also destroyed. People are forced to leave that which they have been constructing for years and years.”

Aerial spraying of coca leaf, backed by the Bogotá government and Washington, has posed another thorny problem for Afro-Colombians. “Plan Colombia,” started in 1999 under Bill Clinton, was launched to stop cocaine production by supplying the Colombian government with helicopters and other aircraft to spray fields. Unfortunately, the U.S., which gave $2.5 billion of aid through the program, only hastened the displacement of Afro-Colombian peoples.

The reason is clear to see: coca fumigation has destroyed many of the food crops traditionally grown by Afro-Colombians.

Fighting for Their Ancestral Lands

Nevertheless, Afro-Colombians have achieved some notable victories in recent years, including passage of the so-called Law 70. Enacted in 1993, the measure validates Afro-Colombians’ right to their historical territories. Under the law, communities must be consulted and must first give their approval prior to any new projects planned on their land.

Having a law on the books however is one thing and enforcing it is another.

According to Nicole Lee, Executive Director of TransAfrica Forum, the Colombian government “has used every ploy to cheat Afro-Colombians out of their traditional titled territories” since the passage of Law 70. Fundamentally, Afro-Colombians’ lands are valuable, and powerful people want to get their hands on the prime real estate. Read More HERE

5 black leaders who want Barack Obama to lose

Some time ago I wrote a post about Black Leadership Self Hatred and The Obama Campaign.

Since the clowning of
Rev. Wright, I have decided to take a look backwards at a few of the black folks who have worked non stop to destroy Barack Obama's opportunity of being President of the United States. Check out the list and let me know if I'm right? Is there any that should not be on this list? Are there any that should be included? if so why? Here is my list of 5 Blacks in leadership who have attempted to destroy Barack Obama's attempts to be President.

# 1 Rev. Wright

# 2 - Bob Johnson
You remember Bob Johnson, the guy who said, Geraldine Ferraro was right. There is a reason why Hillary lost the black vote. It was wa because her and her ignorant color aroused husbands campaigning, and Bob Johnson.

# 3 Andrew Young

# 4 Tavis Smiley,

You know Tavis Smiley, the guy who refused to allow Sen. Barack Obama wife to speak at
the State of the Black Union event that provided a platform for Tavis to speak out against Barack Obama. There is talk of hater, sellout and traitor within black communities regarding Tavis Smiley and his comments regarding Barack Obama. I agree, he is a hater and sellout regarding Barack. But that is just my opinion. Check out this brothers opinion, below:

#5 Maya Angelou a women who I deeply respect as a poet, yet I am disappointed with in terms of her old, "yes um" politics of the past. Her support of Hillary is a contradiction of her poetry. Now Hillary is adding Maya Angelou as CNN noted recently, first releasing an open letter touting the New York senator’s character and now staring in a new 60 second television ad.

Leonard Pitts Analysis of Rev. Wright - Is On Point

Leonard Pitts just wrote a great article The messenger who killed the message. He writes about Rev. Wright this week, and has captured much of my feelings regarding this whole issue. Great article Leonard Pitts!

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, had insightful things to say about culture, difference, reconciliation. But the messenger killed the message.

He writes about Rev. Wright's "demeanor in the two speeches he gave: smug, mugging for the cameras, signifying, jive talking, acting the fool. Did he really say an attack on him was an attack on the black church? Did he really make those faces and throw that silly salute? Why didn't he just slap his hands together, yell, "Dy-no-mite!" and be done with it? Wright came across like drunken Uncle Buddy at the Thanksgiving table, the one who doesn't know he's not funny and won't shut up. More to the point, he did not come across like a reverend. Or even a Christian. The heck of it is, he had insightful things to say about culture, about difference, about reconciliation. But the messenger killed the message. It was bad enough that Obama was finally forced to sever ties with him. Bad enough that conspiracy theorists wondered aloud whether Hillary Clinton had a hand in setting up the speeches. Which is crazy, but you understand where it's coming from. Wright is this year's Willie Horton. Except that where George H.W. Bush made Willie Horton, Wright made himself. He had his chance to walk on water but - sorry, cousin - he fell in instead. The only remaining question is whether he will pull Barack Obama down with him. Read More HERE

Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.

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