On the Net everyone is your neighbor. We are each but a one-click search away from the other, each but a flying finger down the block, and boom, you are in someone else’s space or backyard. And the New York Times’ recent purchase of a website called Blogrunner has brought some of the best bloggers under the same tent.
So, with time on his hands, Barack Obama wrote a blog entry down the block on Huffington Post (with nearly 5,000 comments) trying to explain away Jeremiah Wright, his comments, his religion, his radicalism, his racialism, their relationship, himself, and his preaching the gospel of politics from the pulpit. For that Rev. Wright might be investigated for using his pulpit for political gain. If that is the case, then Rev. Wright was clearly in the wrong. While I believe that politics, race, and religion are inevitably intertwined, the law of the land dictates that they be kept separate.
What Barack couldn't say was that to be a black native of Chicago was almost to be radical by nature, by definition. We are the home of the pan-African movement, Afro-centric beliefs, black vegans/vegetarians, Kwanzaa, nouveau-clique clothes, radical ideas, intellectual light, music, and politics. This is the home of Minister Farrakhan whose Hyde Park mansion is literally down the block from the Obama mansion in Kenwood, to nearby Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition.
Hillary Clinton also blogged an article there recently and made children in poverty her subject. But she failed to mention one of the leading causes of childhood poverty: incarceration in the family. Why was that? Was it because she did not wish to draw undue attention to her husband’s track record on drug laws and their impact on the poor and minorities? What was really strange about that omission are new statistics released citing 1 in 100 Americans are incarcerated — a new record. That issue was strictly political. What has been borne out in the past months was that she too needs to repudiate Bill’s remarks and track record on racial equality! Like I said in another article, the Clintons are walking the racial tightrope with the wrong-colored tights.
I grew up going to political meetings and radical churches, enthralled with blaring Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow coalition speeches on the radio. His son was elected to congress, and when Barack ran for a congressional seat he lost to Bobby Rush because he used the “Barack is not black enough” argument, and it worked. I’ve never attended Obama’s particular Unity church nor is it the type of church my family would join. Not because it is radical but because it is not cut from the same Christian cloth as less political, born again assemblies.
That said, within Unity churches there is really little unity. They have splintered just like the rest of the so-called Christian churches. I have also been a member of Unity in both Texas and Chicago under (now long retired) Rev. Johnnie Coleman. Her church is also a splinter of Unity Church. She had a huge congregation with a mix of congregants who believed in everything from esoteric Islam to Hinduism to Kabala — heretics the lot of us. I touch upon this political and religious morass in my book. Good thing I am not running for elected office this lifetime, I wouldn’t have a prayer.
Which Has More Political Cachet: Obama v. Clinton or Obama and Clinton?
The GOP regulars, conservatives, Dem haters, radio talking heads, and party leaders are salivating over this duel in the primary. Well-funded 527 ads will blast Rev. Wright’s speeches and will put the Obamas in Rev. Wright’s white-race-hating audience and kill the party at the polls. We can’t let that swift boat sail, people.
If you read my article “Offers I Can’t Refuse” and the headline about putting these two on the same ticket you will notice I never used the term “dream ticket.” I could have easily called it that. But I didn’t. I call a Clinton ticket a necessary evil. I hate to put it in those terms but that’s how I see it. Hill and Bill will cry foul as long as Barack is on top. That may be a necessary evil to them, but not to Obama supporters. I am not yet convinced we can all just get along. But there is no reason that both cannot be on the ticket as Pelosi unwisely suggests won’t ever happen.