Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Um . . . Rev. Lowery, it's 2009!
Civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery made an -- ahem -- interesting concluding request to God in his inaugural prayer today. I'll quote it here in case you didn't catch it . . . Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy, say Amen.
Isn't that something? It was a good comedy line, but rather than a prayer, it was probably more intended for the cameras. Either that, or the good reverend is stuck in time limbo -- somewhere between 1865 and 1964. He just insulted a good chunk of white America who helped Barack Obama get elected to the presidency.
Race baiting. That's what it is, pure and simple. And coming a day after the day when we remember Martin Luther King, who dreamed that skin color would no longer enter the picture but rather consideration of a person's character, it's very offensive.
I can't wait until Reverends Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright tune up. Should be quite a concert.