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Comment by Comedian Bill Cosby About the Rev. Jeremiah Wright-Unproven!
Summary of the eRumor: An article said to have been in the Wall
Street Journal in which comedian Bill Cosby comments on The Rev. Jeremiah
Wright and the African-American community in the United States.
The Truth: This was not from an "article" in the Wall
It was from the Wall Street Journal blog a "comment" section in which
readers can attach their responses to an article.
In this case a Wall Street Journal article was posted in the blog on April
28, 2008 titled Rev. Wright Talks About Reconciliation.
The text that was circulated in the eRumor was one of many comments
submitted by readers and was described as having been written by "Bill
Cosby." There is no evidence whether it was the comedian, someone
else with the same name, or someone simply claiming to be Bill Cosby.
Wright became nationally known during the 2008 presidential primary
campaign as the former pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Senator
Barack Obama. He became a focus of controversy when politically
charged clips of some of Wright's past sermons circulated on the Internet.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER
Bill Cosby on Rev. Wright
Article from Wall Street Journal:
Rev. Wright epitomizes the thoughts and actions that
have prevented and continue to prevent black America from moving ahead and
achieving their potential as a people. He suggests that this United States
of America made up of sons and daughters of immigrants (I'm talking of the
millions of 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation immigrants in this country) of every
race, creed, color and religion each and everyone of them who had nothing
to do with slavery, some how owe something to a group of people who have
never been slaves? Its amazing. It seems everyone is to blame for the
shambles black society is in with its violence, drugs, high school drop
out rates, misogyny, and a host of other real and virulent problems,
except for the very people who engage in such behavior.
Enough. As a society, culture or people, they should look within
themselves and fix their problems.
When did this man become the spokesman for the 'black church'? And of
course his church is different, but that doesn't mean his message and
philosophy is acceptable, or productive or non-offensive or not-racist or
indicative or our greater cultural behaviors, values and norms Americans.
And yes, the link between this man and Obama really does matter. At a very
minimum, it provides insight into the political and philosophical strain
that Obama adheres to.
Comment by Bill Cosby
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