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The scene while waiting for Jeremiah Wright to speak at the National Press Club

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WASHINGTON--The Rev. Jeremiah Wright will speak soon at the National Press Club. The ballroom is packed with people here for a black church conference, guests and reporters.

Here from Chicago: Wright's wife and two of his daughters; Dr. Conrad Worrill, the National Chairman of the National Black United Front and Father Michael Pfleger, from St. Sabrina Church on Chicago's South Side.

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Sounds really black nationalist to me.
Whatta uniter this guy.

'. . .Dr. Conrad Worrill, the National Chairman of the National Black United Front and Father Michael Pfleger, from St. Sabrina Church on Chicago's South Side.'

A Confederacy of Dunces!

now this is good....why doesn't jeremy wright just lay low for a litte while..his publci speaking tour ..does not help the obama campaign!!!

This is wonderful news. The more Wright speaks, the less likely we will have a President Obama.

A GREAT MAN! A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT! A GREAT LEADER!
NOW YOU KNOW WHAT A GREAT CHURCH TRINITY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE!
MANY MINISTRIES, SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS TO ATTEND COLLEGE,
HELPING SENIORS, FEEDING THE LESS FORTUNATE, HIV-AIDS MINISTRY,
GIVING MONEY TO THE NAACP!
JUST THINK THIS CHURCH BEGAN WITH A YOUNG PASTOR WITH MEMBERSHIP
OF 87, AND NOW OVER 6,000, ISN'T GOD WONDERFUL!
FOX NEWS YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!

Dear Lynn, I would like you to answer this question: What's Obama suppose to do? You wrote the following:

"Meanwhile, PBS is touting an interview with Wright to be broadcast Friday on "Bill Moyers' Journal." Fresh material from Wright -- no matter how well-intended -- is not what Obama needs."

Did you watch the Bill Moyers interview? I did and I thought it was great. However, you say is not what Obama needs. Well, why not? What are voters suppose to do when some of them are being spoon fed what the national media desires to do with this story.

So what you're basically suggesting is this guy said something. The national media, primarily cables news and broadcast news organizations decided to play something that would make anyone unconfortable while Obama just sits there? Are you suggesting that Rev. Wright just stays hidden somewhere until November? Are we just suppose to believe and 'accept' what the media is telling us about this person?

I mean, really, think about what you're saying. Here is what I suggest you do, next time you're invited to give some commentary in a national news show, you call them up and say that they're not giving the full story. Why not do that instead?

Rev. Wright is a private citizen and whatever he's saying should not in any way reflect the values or beliefs that Obama has UNLESS for some reason the media desires to do just that.

As an Indian-American and a Hindu woman, I have gone back and forth on my views of Jeremiah Wright and Senator's Obama's choice for a spiritual leader. I have been an Obama supporter since the beginning but was concerned and disappointed at what I have seen and heard. Fortunately, a recent interview of Pastor Wright by Bill Moyers helped me to understand him better than how media had depicted him. Though as a person of color and a woman, I have experienced my own discrimination, I won't pretend to know what it's like to live in a segregated society. I respect the pastor and his views but would not personally consider him a spiritual advisor. A spiritual advisor to and for me walks and talks values of peace, love, and truth-reminding each of us that despite faith, religion, or creed, we are all united as brothers and sisters under one creator: Truth is one. Paths are many.

This country can be great because of the diversity that it exists here but corporate America (partly through control of government)has abused and manipulated many people-white, black, brown, etc. I agree that we should all be proud of our culture and heritage and that black Americans should be encouraged to be proud of who they are. However, I believe that within our communities, our leaders some times encourage self segregation, discrimination, etc. with their words and actions. We don't have to be proud of ourselves at the cost of fueling resentment towards others. Let's not run from the topic about race. Let's have an honest conversation about race, let's talk about the gorilla in the room but let's teach and preach about love and acceptance instead of resentment and differences. Let's not forget that there are a number of minorities in this country who face racism and discrimination every day. The truth is that almost every individual who has been discriminated against also discriminates against someone else-none of us are innocent victims.

I respect the culture and traditions of the African church and hope that more people in this country will too. But I plead with our community leaders to exemplify racial acceptance and tolerance. Why can't we celebrate our differences instead of use them to alienate ourselves from others? Why we can't we move forward from the ugly past? (My relatives had to move forward from being slaves of the British.) We forget that Senator Obama is BI RACIAL-half black and half white. His very participation in the race for president should exemplify what we as a nation need to do-unite.

While this distraction has concerned me, my support for Obama is even stronger. This is what we need to heal and not just to cover the mud of racial tensions with the bitter sweet cream of political correctness as we have done for too long.

One of the reason we have affirmative action statutes in this country is that we wanted to equalize the experience of being an American.
Rights, opportunities, obligations.
If you're wearing a veil, or worshiping at the back or side of the church or mosque or temple--are you really getting your fair share of all three--rights, opportunities, obligations?
As a white woman--a feminist--I'm proud of our traditions. Sometimes affirmative action has cost me a job--when a black woman took it.
I did not and do not complain.
Khyati--political correctness is a right wing hit job on the notion of being polite--of being tolerant of affirmative action, of immigrants--the whole bit--particulary the immigrants like yourself who can now come to America as a result of a bill LBJ signed allowing such immigration.
Barack Obama is an opportunist. A racist. A criminal linked to other criminals in the Chicago area.
He just hasn't been indicted yet.
So, welcome to America Khati--please go to a library and get on the microfilm and read about some very very important topics:
Cointelpro; Weather Underground; Rezko; Daley (particularly senior--he was called Boss--I suggest you read all of Mike Royko's columns--particularly his book "Boss"); please also read "Sisterhood is Powerful; Redstockings; everything by Erica Jong you can find; Jane Adams and Hull House.
We have a proud tradition of being a lot more tolerant and welcoming than Barack Obama would lead (and apparently has lead) you to believe.

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