On a day when I'm absorbed in writing about the latest developments in Newark's playground murders for Out IN Jersey magazine, and on a day when calls to boycott Jamaica for its homophobia are making the cyber circuit, the world's attention is once again drawn to the fiery oratory of Jeremiah Wright.
There has been a lot of apologizing and side-stepping landmines in this campaign. I'd hoped that Rev. Wright's recent appearance on Bill Moyers would have put the crazy pastor stories to rest. It was a brilliant and informative interview. But Wright keeps talking, keeps performing, keeps doing what he does -- and now, like a Macy parade float gone wild in a high wind, Barack has cut the animated pastor loose for the greater good.
We as black folks are always the ones apologizing. Why is that? Why shouldn't we just be proud of America and shut the fuck up about the past?
Michele Obama clarifying her statement about at times not being proud of her country, when every black American knew what she was talking about already. This country has given us--who's blood and sweat and tears built this great land--its ass to kiss for a long time now. We never even got a casino.
Michele knew that. Jeremiah Wright knows that as well. Yeah, he's a character. But he's also right.
Now Barack being forced to vehemently distance himself to assuage white America is just the latest example of us apologizing for noticing the unpleasant truths about our country, things we shouldn't have to write-off, get over or explain to white folks.
Sad, painful, but completely understandable in Barack Obama's position.
I'd never be one to say God damn America, but I'm quite comfortable saying God damn Jamaica for its blatant and institutionalized homophobia, God damn Newark for not wanting to tackle the possibility that gay people do exist and are sometimes killed for existing, God damn a system which allows Sean Bell's assassins to walk out of court and home to their wives, and God damn the media for wasting air time feigning outrage over Rev. Wright's comments, which are way too true for anyone to ever admit.
Yeah. God damn all that shit. But America (wink, wink), love it or leave it.