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Northwestern U. statement about nixing Wright honor.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2008

STATEMENT BY ALAN K. CUBBAGE, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Earlier this academic year, acting on the recommendation of faculty committees, Northwestern University extended an invitation to the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, former senior minister of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, to receive an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology at Northwestern's Commencement in June. Commencement at Northwestern is a time of celebration of the accomplishments of Northwestern's graduating students and their families. In light of the controversy around Dr. Wright and to ensure that the celebratory character of Commencement not be affected, the University has withdrawn its invitation to Dr. Wright.


Dr. Wright was quoted as saying that his invitation to receive an honorary degree was withdrawn by Northwestern President Henry Bienen because Dr. Wright "wasn't patriotic enough." If Dr. Wright was quoted accurately, that statement is not true. In his conversation and correspondence with Dr. Wright in March, President Bienen never characterized Dr. Wright's views or made a judgment about them. The letter said, "In light of the controversy surrounding statements made by you that have recently been publicized, the celebratory character of Northwestern's commencement would be affected by our conferring of this honorary degree. Thus I am withdrawing the offer of an honorary degree previously extended to you."

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REV. WRIGHT WILL SURVIVE!
NORTHWESTERN DON'T FEEL BAD, YOU KNOW HIGHER POWERS INTERVENED
AND CAUSED THIS TO HAPPEN!
YOU STILL HAVE A TOP FLIGHT UNIVERSITY!
NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY THE 6 YEARS REV. WRIGHT SPENT IN THE MILITARY! WITH HONORS BY THE WAY!
WHAT PUZZLES ME, IS THAT THE MAN PREACHED 41 YEARS, AND SOMEONE
DIDN'T APPROVE OF ABOUT 6 SERMONS OF HIS, THANK GOD GEORGE BUSH
ISN'T BEING CRITIQUED FOR THE MISERY HE'S CAUSED THIS COUNTRY,
BUT I FORGOT OBAMA DIDN'T ATTEND HIS CHURCH!
BARACK OBAMA IS A MAN, A MAN TRYING TO BECOME PRESIDENT IN
TURBULENT TIMES, AMERICA DO NOT FEAR THIS MAN, HE HAS ONLY BROUGHT
HOPE TO A NATION THAT REALLY NEEDS IT!
I WONDER IF THERE EVER WAS A PRESIDENT THAT CAUSED SO MUCH TO
HAPPEN IN 8 YEARS, A WAR, HOUSING CRISIS, MOST OF HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS RESIGNED, NO MISSION'S ACCOMPLISHED, GAS
PRICES OUT OF THIS WORLD, JOBS BEING SENT OUT OF THE COUNTRY,
A RECESSION, I'M GOING TO STOP NOW BEFORE I START TO CRY, AND
WE AS A COUNTRY ARE SCARED OF BARACK OBAMA, GIVE ME A BREAK, AND
LET'S WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!
BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT BEFORE WE RELIVE 1929!

I am not going to quibble over who said what because I was not privy to any of this information. What is most amazing is Jerry Springer is an ideal candidate to give a speech at Northwestern University commencement, regardless if an alumni or not. I presume skin color do matter in this slight of Rev. Wright, huh? His words do not scare anyone, maybe the media's constant replay of them but not the man and his words.

Anyway, Jerry Springer of all people? He has not been controversial I presume over the last decade or two? Way to go white people. And we wonder how George Bush the second is in office, waging a senseless war, gas prices sky high, the economy in the tank and the U.S. dollar headed towards being worth a quarter.

White people, keep on making these type decisions and then who will you blame for other atrocities which are surely to happen? *Sigh*

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