Jeremiah Wright was the preacher in the Church that future U.S. president Barack Obama attended in Chicago. Wright is famous for saying “God Damn America” and that the Muslim attacks on 9/11/2001 that brought down the twin towers were “America’s chickens coming home to roost.” But behind these statements is a socialist outlook. Wright was (and is) a radical, and its worth understanding how he saw the world. Like Obama’s other friend, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah blamed black poverty on the government. He also blamed black imprisonment on the government, and implicitly on America’s entire economic and political system.
Wright insisted that his faith be placed within the context of “black liberation theology”. This theology was created in the sixties by James Cone, a professor of theology. In Cone’s book “Black Theology and Black Power”, Cone says that the black intellectual’s goal is to “aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.” To achieve that destruction, making whites feel guilt is important so that white men will “tremble, curse and go mad, because they will be drenched with the filth of their evil.”
To Cone, those who looted during the urban riots of the late 1960s were affirming their “being”.
Long before it became a cliché, Cone came up with the concept of institutional racism – “racism is so/embedded in the heart of American society that few, if any, whites can free themselves from it.” Cone thought that racism could not be eliminated as long as capitalism remains intact. Jeremiah Wright and James Cone visited Cuba in 1984 – it was on this trip that Jesse Jackson, another black radical, courted controversy by chanting “Long Live President Castro! Long live Martin Luther King! Long live Che Guevara!”
Wright cited the opposition of Martin Luther King to the Vietnam war and said “When one goes against the war, one tampers with the financial institutions and the financial system that was put in place by the Founding Fathers of this country to keep the rich, rich!”
One colleague of Wright’s, Ira Carruthers, believed that the skin-pigment melanin made black culture better than white culture. “If you object that such theories are pseudo-scientific, Carruthers replies that Western science itself is a method of oppressive control.”
Its interesting that Thomas Sowell, a black conservative, started as a Marxist. Exploring Manhattan, he saw disparities in wealth. “Nothing in the schools or most of the books seemed to deal with that. Marx dealt with that,” says Sowell. But various sobering experiences eventually intruded and Sowell became a champion of the free market.
Says Sowell: “We (Sowell’s family) were much poorer than the people in Harlem and most anywhere else today, but in the sense of things you need to get ahead, I was enormously more fortunate than most Black kids today.”
That’s because he discovered the public library. “When you start getting in the habit of reading when you’re 8 years old, it’s a different ballgame!”
Jeremiah Wright, on the other hand, graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia in 1959, among the best schools in the area at the time. At the time, the school was around 90 percent white. The 211th class yearbook described Wright as a respected member of the class. “Always ready with a kind word, Jerry is one of the most congenial members of the 211,” the yearbook said. “His record in Central is a model for lower class [younger] members to emulate. Wright joined the Marines, and then the Navy. It seems as if his worldview moved left, while Sowell’s moved right.
I think if you want to understand black radicalism, you have to understand the attraction of Socialism. Black radicals are not just people who experienced racism, or who believe that the whites keep blacks down. They also have a socialist worldview. Which is ironic, because Marxist countries have used slave labor, have a complete intolerance for free speech and for human rights.
Sowell writes, “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules… that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago, and a racist today.”
Radical in Chief – Stanley Kurtz