Hello friends, I wanted to post "the Critical Cleric" book of the month for April. I ran across this text while researching for the graduate thesis I'm currently writing and will hopefully complete today (if you believe in prayer, please PRAY I FINISH!). I received the book by mail a couple days ago and I have been stealing minutes ever since trying to read it, because its the end of the semester and my time is not my own.
But from what I've read thus far, it is really well written and researched, and offers a much needed analysis of the racial and religious factors that influenced what is now infamously known as the "Jeremiah Wright, God Damn America" controversy. In case you've forgotten (or in the case of many Obama supporters and/or Jeremiah Wright supporters, like myself) tried to forget. During the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Race an except of a sermon preached by Senator Obama's pastor (now former pastor) Jeremiah Wright was released to the media where he is proclaiming "God Damn America" for her past sins of injustice committed against innocent and disinherited persons etc.
This sermonic except (along with a few others) created a whirlwind of controversy and prolonged political theater, leading up to Obama giving his famed Philadelphia "Race Speech" and eventually parting ways with Dr. Wright. Well, this book The Preacher and the Politician: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama and Race In America examines these events by taking into account American's protracted contentious racial past and its romanticized racial present. I think all those interested in politics, race, or religion (or if you just wanna learn something) will find this book extremely insightful.
You should pick it up and tell me what you think.
Compassionately and Critically yours, Billy Michael Honor Jr.