Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor, has had several interesting sermon excerpts broadcast recently, including this snippet on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday:
I’m still in Bible country. I’m still in the text. Jesus was a poor, black man who lived in a country, and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich, white people. The Romans were rich, the Romans were Italians, which means they were European, which means they were white, and the Romans ran everything in Jesus’ country.
I suppose that’s why Jesus could never catch a break, and why the scriptures describe him always going around being obsessed with being a victim. Rev. Wright said he was working from the Bible text, but when I read the Bible it strikes me that Jesus didn’t focus on Affirmative Action, he was Affirmative Action. I also recall that he didn’t seem to agree very much with the actions and interpretations of Pharisees and Sadducees or, as Rev. Wright’s interpretation would presumably have it, the leadership of his “black” people.