Hillary Clinton's camp distanced themselves from former Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro after she made statements that Barack Obama was a presidential front runner only because he was an African-American candidate.
Now the Barack Obama campaign has come under attack for comments made by Barack Obama's pastor who is the former leader of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Barack Obama addressed controversial issues raised about his pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright and gave a speech about issues of race in America while on the campaign trail. Click here to watch ABC NEWS coverage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
In a harsh condemnation of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama said Rev. Wright used "incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and blacks alike." In a speech this morning at the National Constitution Center, Sen. Obama said he had been present when Rev. Wright made some of his "controversial" sermons. He said Wright's sermons went beyond a "religious leader's effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country -- a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America."
But Obama stopped short of fully disowning the controversial minister. "I can no more disown him that I can disown the black community," he said. source
We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle - as we did in the OJ trial - or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that.
Click here to watch Reverend Jeremiah Wright discuss his views with Fox News host Sean Hannity on the program Hannity & Combs. The Reverend denies allegations that Trinity Church is part of a separtist movement. Watch Jeremiah Wright sermon Hillary Clinton ain't never been called below.
Some are calling the principals of the Trinity Church to empower the African-American community racist and comparing the organization with sharing the principals of the Ku Klux Klan. Click here to learn more about the history of the Ku Klux Klan in America including a discussion of the film Birth of A Nation and voters electing Klan backed candidates ie. political leaders like senators, judges and law enforcement officers to statewide and local offices. Watch the History Channel Documentary The Secret History of the Klu Klux Klan. To learn more about the historic beliefs and principles of the KKK terrorist organization.
Ku Klux Klan- A Secret History