Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s controversial comments created trouble for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, but now the president’s former spiritual adviser is back in the news for comments he made just a few miles from the White House.
Speaking at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church, which celebrated its 100th anniversary, Wright urged parishioners to teach their children about African-American history and not allow “their enemies” to control their education,” Politico reported. He said parents need to teach their children not just about “Oprah and Obama,” but also “Nat Turner, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Zora Neale Hurston and other black voices.”
“As we celebrate the foundations of our future, this is not a time to romanticize because we have the first African-descended president in the White House,” Wright said in a fiery sermon. “You see what the tea party is trying to do.”
Wright blasted African-Americans raised in the white world, whom he referred to as “biscuits” and “sheep dogs,” The Daily Caller reported.
“Take that baby, him or her away, from the African mother, away from the African community, away from the African experience … and put them Africans over at the breasts of Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago … UCLA or UC-Berkeley,” Wright was quoted by Politico. “Turn them into biscuits. Let them get that alien DNA all up inside their brain and they will turn on their own people in defense of the ones who are keeping their own people under oppression. Sheep dogs.”
“There’s white racist DNA running through the synapses of his or her brain tissue. They will kill their own kind, defend the enemies of their kind or anyone who is perceived to be the enemy of the milky white way of life.”
Whether he intended this or not, Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s statement was cutting for the Obamas–Barack attended Columbia University before heading off to Harvard Law School and Michelle went to Princeton before going to Harvard Law herself. The Obamas cut tie with Wright in 2008 when the reverend’s controversial racial comments put Barack in hot water on the campaign trail and prompted him to make his now-famous speech on race relations in the United States.