The Reverend Wright on the rubber chicken tour in Milwaukee
I spent Friday night with MICAH, bad Italian food, and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Over at the MacIver Institute, I wrote about the evening’s entertainment.
If there was a humorous, slightly politically incorrect moment for the evening, it was when Father Tomas Mueller presented the Volunteer Award at the dinner to the co-chairs of the Immigration Task Force. Poor Father Mueller could not remember the brand of frozen pizza everyone at the dinner was boycotting. (I sympathized with Mueller and boycotted an awful looking fettuccine Alfredo that was offered for dinner.)
But the main attraction was Wright. What little he provided in fireworks he provided an insight into the mind of President Barack Obama and the spirit of the leftwing that has captured the Democratic Party.
Wright explained that while Europeans believed in the Cogito Ergo Sum of Descartes, “I think therefore I am,” Africans did not believe in the autonomous human being, but in the community in forming the human being. He said they believed, “I am because we are.”
“Justice,” the Reverend defined for us as, “fairness.” And echoing so many liberal protests chants before, Wright reminded the audience that without justice there can be no peace. He said there could be a truce, but no peace.
Wright also told the audience that America has not acknowledged its original sin of slavery because to do so would require reparations. That would be news to the heirs of the fallen at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.
But if justice is fairness, as defined by Wright, and the only way to define the individual is as part of a community, then one begins to see the whole underpinnings of the redistributionist nature of modern liberalism.