Jeremiah Wright Draws on a Long Line of Afrocentric Charlatans

Posted on May 1, 2008. Filed under: Liberal Idiots, Politics, Religion, Reverse Discrimination |

Jeremiah Wright is a NUT!!!! The things he says about the black community are ridiculous, and if a white person said them, they’d be called racist.

Poisonous “Authenticity”
Jeremiah Wright draws on a long line of Afrocentric charlatans.
29 April 2008
City Journal

The list of Afrocentric “educators” whom Reverend Jeremiah Wright has invoked in his media escapades since this Sunday is a disturbing reminder that academia’s follies can enter the public world in harmful ways. Now the pressing question is whether they have entered presidential candidate Barack Obama’s worldview as well.

Some in Wright’s crew of charlatans have already had their moments in the spotlight; others are less well known. They form part of the tragic academic project of justifying self-defeating underclass behavior as “authentically black.” That their ideas have ended up in the pulpit of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and in Detroit’s Cobo Hall, where Wright spoke at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund dinner on Sunday, reminds us that bad ideas must be fought at their origins-and at every moment thereafter.

At the NAACP meeting, Wright proudly propounded the racist contention that blacks have inherently different “learning styles,” correctly citing as authority for this view Janice Hale of Wayne State University. Pursuing a Ph.D. by logging long hours in the dusty stacks of a library, Wright announced, is “white.” Blacks, by contrast, cannot sit still in class or learn from quiet study, and they have difficulty learning from “objects”-books, for example-but instead learn from “subjects,” such as rap lyrics on the radio. These differences are neurological, according to Hale and Wright: whites use what Wright referred to as the “left-wing, logical, and analytical” side of their brains, whereas blacks use their “right brain,” which is “creative and intuitive.” When he was of school age in Philadelphia following the Supreme Court’s 1954 desegregation decision, Wright said, his white teachers “freaked out because the black children did not stay in their place, over there, behind the desk.” Instead, the students “climbed up all over [the teachers], because they learned from a ‘subject,’ not an ‘object.'” How one learns from a teacher as “subject” by climbing on her, as opposed to learning from her as “object”-by listening to her words-is a mystery.

One would hope that Wright’s audience was offended by the idea that acting out in class is authentically black-it was impossible to tell what the reaction in the hall was to the assertion. But one thing is clear: embracing the notion that blacks shouldn’t be expected to listen attentively to instruction is guaranteed to perpetuate into eternity the huge learning gap between blacks on the one hand, and whites and Asians on the other.

Wright also praised the work of Geneva Smitherman of Michigan State University, who has called for the selective incorporation of Ebonics into the curriculum in order to validate the black experience. Wright gave another shout-out to the late Asa Hilliard of Georgia State University, who told us, Wright said, “how to fix the schools.” Like Hale, Hilliard argued that disrupting the classroom through “impulsive interrupting and loud talking” is inherently black. His bogus Afrocentrism, propounded in his “African-American Baseline Essays,” metastasized in educational circles during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Hilliard argued that Western civilization was at once stolen from black Africa and crippling to black identity. As the late Arthur M. Schlesinger recounted in his 1991 alarum about multiculturalism, The Disuniting of America, Hilliard urged schools to teach black students that Egypt was a black country; that Africans invented birth control and carbon steel; that they discovered America long before Columbus; that Robert Browning and Ludwig van Beethoven were “Afro-European”; and that the Atlantic Ocean was originally named the Ethiopian Ocean. (City College of New York laughingstock Leonard Jeffries-he of the infamous distinction between materialistic, aggressive European “ice people” and superior African “sun people”-contributed to Hilliard’s Essays, asserting therein that slavery was undertaken as “part of a conspiracy to prevent us from having a unified experience.”)

Approving of self-destructive behavior in school is just one part of the vast academic project to justify black underclass dysfunction. The academy has also singled out crime as authentically black, another poisonous idea that Wright appears to have embraced. In his NAACP speech, he mocked the tendency of “those of us who never got caught” to treat “those of us who are incarcerated” with disrespect. In other words, we all commit crime, but only some of us get nabbed for it.

This leveling argument recalls the bizarre doctrines of University of Pennsylvania law professor Regina Austin. In a widely reprinted California Law Review article from 1992, Austin asserted that the black community should embrace the criminals in its midst as a form of resistance to white oppression. People of color should view “hustling” as a “good middle ground between straightness and more extreme forms of lawbreaking.” Examples of hustling include “clerks in stores [who] cut their friends a break on merchandise, and pilfering employees [who] spread their contraband around the neighborhood.” It never occurs to Austin that these black thieves may have black employers who suffer the effects of black crime-as do the larger neighborhoods of which they form the essential fabric. Officially incorporating crime into the black identity, as Austin and Wright do, is a pathetic admission of defeat and marginalization.



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Curious post. Wright is a nut because you disagree with his views? Hum, I guess then you’re a nut to me. Strange way of getting to a decision. So according to your comments the Michigan and Florida A&M bands do not have any variation in their styles? Have you seen them? Ever seen a New Orleans jazz funeral, it was pretty different than my grandmothers! Guess not according to you. Unlike you, I don’t think Wright is racist for bringing up prior research that points to differences and encouraging discourse on the subject. If its false it won’t stand up to the light of day, but is there a harm in considering it? Probably easier just to call him a nut and do whatever Rush tells you to do (or vote for) next without bothering to think. That’s too messy, much easier to deny and stick your head back in the sand.

First of all I agree that there are differences in blacks and whites, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Whites have beens saying that for years, but we get called racists when we say it. If a white pastor said the things he said, that pastor would be crucified in the media, the NAACP would have his head and everyone would be calling for his resignation. If the things he said about whites was reversed and we said them about blacks, you KNOW we’d be called racist! So I call him a nut NOT because of his statement that we’re different, but because of the other crap he spews. I do have to add though that he insults blacks when he says they can’t pay attention and they can’t help but act out in class. Give me a break. These are intelligent people. We all have different learning styles, but to say blacks need to learn from rap instead of books is just ridiculous. Apparently I have more respect for blacks than he does as I think they’re smart and can do whatever they want.
What makes him a nut are his anti-white, anti-American anti-Semitic views. The fact that he thinks the US gov’t created AIDS to kill black people and that he tries to rewrite history to suit his purposes are other reasons he’s a nut. I don’t think I’m the one with my head in the sand; you are.

Ahhh yes Steve from Florida. “Do what Rush tells you to do” because only folks like you have an original thought right? I love it when the left cannot form a coherent argument (as evidenced by your failed attempt to bring up Jazz bands and funerals) and falls back on the “Do what Rush says” talking point. By the way, who did you get that line from? Stewart, Moore, Huffington, Olberban?

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