Barack Obama has been publicly defending his longtime relationship with the controversial former pastor of his Chicago church, but his campaign is taking steps to quietly remove any mention of his pastor from the campaign’s Web site.
But the efforts to “airbrush” the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church from the campaign’s site, www.barackobama.com, have been uncovered by bloggers who have conducted searches of the site in Web archives.
For example, Wright had been prominently featured on the Obama site as the first person listed in the “Testimonials” section.
Next to a large picture, Wright was quoted as saying: “I support Barack because of his incarnated faith — his faith made alive in the flesh. He reaches across all faith communities and even to those who have no faith at all.” But Wright’s testimonial has now vanished from Obama’s site and been replaced by a statement from “Danielle S.,” a Ph.D. student in educational policy.
Video clips emerged last week of speeches in which Wright, calls for God to damn the Unites States and makes reference to the country as the "U.S. of K.K.K.A." Wright also insisted that the United States brought the Sept. 11 attacks upon itself because of its corrupt foreign policy.
Obama’s campaign has not been alone in doing some Internet doctoring, as Wright’s church has also done some online tinkering, removing a racially-charged section on the “Black Value System” from the church’s Web site (www.tucc.org) and its “About Us” page, the Little Green Footballs blog discovered.
Among the points in the Black Value System are “adherence to the black work ethic,” “pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System,” “pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community,” and “disavowal of the pursuit of ‘Middleclassness.’”
However, the church’s Web masters apparently neglected to remove a link to the Black Value System at the bottom of its home page.
Little Green Footballs followed that link and found a shocking elaboration on “disavowal of the pursuit of ‘Middleclassness’” that seemingly identifies white Americans as “captors” and African-Americans as “captives”:
“Classic methodology on control of captives teaches that captors must keep the captive ignorant educationally, but trained sufficiently well to serve the system. Also, the captors must be able to identify the ‘talented tenth’ of those subjugated, especially those who show promise of providing the kind of leadership that might threaten the captor’s control.
“Those so identified as [sic] separated from the rest of the people by:
"Killing them off directly, and/or fostering a social system that encourages them to kill off one another.
"Placing them in concentration camps, and/or structuring an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.
"Seducing them into a socioeconomic class system which while training them to earn more dollars, hypnotizes them into believing they are better than others and teaches them to think in terms of ‘we’ and ‘they’ instead of ‘us.’”
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