Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Bill Moyers - Analysis of the Wright Situation

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Bill Moyers - Analysis of the Wright Situation

Diarist westcot on Daily Kos reports on the excellent commentary from "Bill Moyer's Journal" where Moyer's points out (among other things) the racism involved in the Wright/Hagee double standard.
Which means it is all about race, isn't it? Wright's offensive opinions and inflammatory appearances are judged differently. He doesn't fire a shot in anger, put a noose around anyone's neck, call for insurrection, or plant a bomb in a church with children in Sunday school. What he does is to speak his mind in a language and style that unsettles some people, and says some things so outlandish and ill-advised that he finally leaves Obama no choice but to end their friendship. Politics often exposes us to the corroding acid of the politics of personal destruction, but I've never seen anything like this — this wrenching break between pastor and parishioner. Both men no doubt will carry the grief to their graves. All the rest of us should hang our heads in shame for letting it come to this in America, where the gluttony of the non-stop media grinder consumes us all and prevents an honest conversation on race. It is the price we are paying for failing to heed the great historian Jacob Burckhardt, who said "beware the terrible simplifiers".


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