Chasing black street cred seems to be turning some whites into crud.
Barack Obama may be holier than thou with more “spiritual counselors” than ties, but, in the end, he just couldn’t rid himself of clergymen with foot-in-the-mouth disease.
With questions of integrity hovering above his campaign like a halo – and definitely later than he should have – the Democratic presidential contender has finally resigned from his notorious Trinity Church of Christ after discovering that, sometimes, disorganized religion poses more danger than all of the world’s killer diseases, and that, sometimes, its purveyors are soft in the head.
At least Rev. Jeremiah Wright stood by his hateful words when he goddamned America, blamed the government for spreading AIDS in the black community and ballooned his 15 seconds of fame into a gluttonous ego jaunt, but his white doppelganger, Rev. Michael Pfleger, reached a new low in the realm of apologetics and should just be rechristened, ‘Don Imus.’
First, the pastor admonished Hillary Clinton from Trinity’s pulpit as an entitled white woman, who he speculated was aggrieved by her challenger’s black candidacy: “And then out of nowhere came,’ Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!’”
Then, as is the wont of white apologists, he wimped out with a meek back-pedal: “I regret the words I chose…These words are inconsistent with Sen. Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Sen. Clinton or anyone else who saw (sic) them.”
Considering that his spiritual compasses were consistently inconsistent with his life and message, Obama may want to get a refund on any alms he gave Trinity. Moreover, the political timing of his resignation ill-serves this candidate. He should have tackled the outcrop of hullabaloos as they grew instead of first ignoring them, then claiming he wasn’t familiar with Wright’s wrongs, then side-stepping them with an unnecessary monologue on race, which stopped short of the condemnation sought by the public, then when he realized that America’s alarm over his private affiliations with blabbermouths wasn’t diminishing, he began the slow walk away.
To be sure apologies and changes of heart are good. If they are not transparent. Pflegler’s complete revolution – within days – points to a grave self-doubt, which clearly existed in the first degree, in the first place. Michael Pfleger is a prime example of the worst type of white apologist, attempting to sell his soul and, in this case, his divinity (are reverends supposed to say, “damn?”) by catering to a particular denomination with nonsense and without conviction.
White apologists are partly responsible for the black community’s shortcomings and bad reputation around the world. Fueled by misplaced guilt, or a whim to jump on the bandwagon, they would rather stoop to cater to the black culture’s lowest denominators and undesirables, who reward the adoration by teaching their children that “the white man” is responsible for their ills and woes, than to lead by the sound principles of good citizenship.
The bright side is that Obama’s Judas Iscariots have provided a clear update on his leadership qualities. He allowed them a carte blanche to pilfer attention from him, cast his candidacy in a negative pall and then offered little more than muted lip service in chastisement.
If elected president, what will he do when the likes of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran, Kim Jong-il of North Korea, Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia or Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and their ilk demonize, or harm, America and Americans?
Barack Obama is a microcosm of today’s world. He is a blend of races and the face of America, who should be the perfect candidate to represent the national rainbow. However, he has shown an unwelcome and unseemly bias in more ways than one, plus displayed a potentially perilous acumen for tardiness when push comes to shove.
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