"He would not have been my pastor," Clinton said. "You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."
This is what our fellow blogger, Field Negro had to say:
Today again the "Ice Queen" took a shot at the "O" man and suggested that he should have left his church. "We don't have a choice when it comes to our relatives, we have a choice when it comes to our Pastor." Maybe you can "Ice Queen", but black folks just don't go switching their church. Maybe that's how you white folks do shit, but religion is personal to black people. As a black man I take that shit personally when you attack the black church to make a political point. And when you do it for political expediency to deflect the news from your own little problems. "Oh stop it field, you don't even go to church". Yes but I understand that importance of the church in our community, and, unlike moi, most black folks do go to church and believe in the institution it represents. So the longer this shit goes on with the "O" man's pastor, the more upset I get. If Hillary had a clue she would have left that shit alone. Her husband is supposed to be the "first black president", they should know that there are certain things that we hold sacred and just should not be fucked with.
And here is my reply. A reply that goes to heart of why the attacks on Jeremiah Wright are offensive and personal to Black people.
Thank you, FN.
I have been making the rounds of ' MSM' Blogs to make this point.
There was a Rasmussen Poll done on Wright.
Poll on Wright
Here's the money section for me:
Overall, voters are evenly divided as to whether Obama should resign his membership in the Church—42% say that he should while 40% disagree. White voters, by a 46% to 33% margin, say that Obama should leave the Church. African-American voters, by a 68% to 16% margin, say he should not. Wright retired last month as Pastor of the Church.
While there was a 13 point difference FOR among Whites, look at the gap among Blacks - 52%.
Church isn't some simple place where you go on Sunday to listen to the pastor for 30 minutes.
Church, in the Black Community, is all about COMMUNITY.
It's why, it's literally an all-day affair.
Black people do not change churches like they do purses. I am in my 30's, and outside of school, I've had exactly 2 church homes in my life. It took nearly 2 years to find the second one, but I found it. Commitment to a church isn't something that's done fly-by-night. It's not some fleeting commitment. It is a given that you will find something that you don't like about any church you attend; which is why it is the general COMMUNITY that will ultimately make that decision.
The Black Church is the ONLY institution, in the history of The United States of America, which, from its conception,
Validated, Supported, Incubated, and Treasured.
Don't think I'm correct, then name me another institution which has done so.
The attack on Trinity is seen as an attack on the Black Church, and thus, by extension, an attack on the Black Community as a whole.
During times of slavery and Jim Crow, the Black Church was what reinforced Community.
Post Civil Rights and Integration, the Black Church is now what brings Community together, considering that the Black Community, like the rest of America, is becoming more stratified along the lines of class. The Black Church is really the only place in Black America where you will consistently find the doctor and welfare mother in the same building, with the same purpose. It's the place to break down those walls of class that are building up.
To disown Wright and Trinity would be to disown the Black Community itself, which is why Obama said in his speech he couldn't. He understood that fundamentally about the Black Community, and he understood that political expediency would mean the doubting of the existence of his soul by the Black community. Obama would never be trusted again by Black folk if he had disowned Wright & Trinity. Even Black folk that don't go to church understand that you don't mess with the Black Church - it's just not done.
And the Handkerchief Head Mammy that Clinton has running her campaign KNOWS THIS.