To be sure the upheaval over Jeremiah Wright’s statements will reverberate throughout this campaign. To be sure the statements we saw played over and over are inflammatory at best, and dangerous at worse. But I always find it a bit disconcerting when snippets of the whole are presented as the totality of what one believes and says. Think about it. The man does have 35 years as a minister, building a church and ministering to the poor. 15-20 seconds of ill-conceived statements cannot be all he is about.
The video below is one such example. It shows in context his statement after 9-11 on “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” While I will not defend anyone’s hateful, racist, or derogatory speech, I will say that we all need to place things in context to better understand what is being communicated.