Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Juxtaposition

These are the words of a black pastor during a time when African-Americans had to drink from separate public water fountains, go to different schools, and sit in the back of the bus, in fact, who were being treated as less than human:

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. "

These are the words of a pastor during a time when an African American is winning the Democrat Party primary election; the same party, incidentally, insistent during the days of the former pastor that African Americans stay at the back of the bus:

"No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."

The former pastor was Dr. Martin Luther King, the latter, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.