It’s not that a change is gonna come–it’s already come. And the new comments from the unrepentant Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for almost twenty years, underscore how much things have changed. Quoth the Rev the other day when he was asked if he had spoken to Obama since the president took office:
“Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …
“They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is…. I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”
If anyone tries to tell you that America has not changed dramatically in its thinking about race, recount for them these facts:
A black man with very little previous political experience. . .
a former Muslim whose middle name is the same as a notorious enemy of America. . .
a man who spent almost two decades sitting in Jeremiah Wright’s church, listening to him spew racist remarks and peddle way-paranoid conspiracy theories about the government creating AIDS. . .
handily won the Presidency. American voters, including millions of white people, listened to endless debate about all the above–and decided they liked Obama just fine.
(Random thought: Maybe white voters didn’t find the Wright connection a deal-breaker because they thought, “Oh, come on. Who listens to all that stuff in church anyway?”)