It wasn’t your typical Sunday sermon, but then again, Jeremiah Wright isn’t exactly your typical reverend.
Speaking just miles from the White House at the 100th anniversary of Washington, D.C.’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday, Rev. Wright accused some of America’s most prestigious academic institutions of infecting black people’s brains with “white racist DNA,” POLITICO reports.
He started by using the Book of Isaiah and its message of the value of foundational stones as a metaphor, imploring parishioners to teach their children the real African-American history and not the one taught by “our enemies” who “distorts our history, disses our history.” He then reportedly rattled off a list of some of the most important black figures in all of history, including Nat Turner, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Zora Neale Hurston and others and said their stories must be passed on.
Interestingly, Wright left Martin Luther King, Jr. off the list, The Daily Caller reports. It is unclear whether this was intentional.
“They are the foundation,” Wright explained. “These stones of memory shall serve as a sign among you so that in the future when your children, who only know Oprah and Obama, when our children who speak the language of Nas, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne (Weezy) and Ludacris. When your children ask you who are these people and what do these stones mean, these stones mean, you can tell them what it is that God did to get us from where we were to where we are.”
“We need to tell our children… how we got from a black congressman named Adam Clayton Powell to a black president named Barack Hussein Obama,” Wright continued. “But we also need to tell them how we have black politicians who steal money.”
Wright went on to blast some of the country’s top universities for turning black people into “sheep dogs” and “biscuits” – what he calls African-Americans raised in white America. He also warned that attending the schools causes black people to get “that alien DNA all up inside their brain.”
“Take that baby him or her away from the African mother, away from the African community, away from the African experience … and put them Africans at the breasts of Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, those trinity schools, UCLA or U.C. Berkley. Turn them into biscuits then they’ll get that alien DNA all up inside their brain and they will turn on their own people in defense of the ones who are keeping their own people under oppression,” Wright said.
He continued: “There’s white racist DNA running through the synapses of his or her brain tissue. They will kill their own kind, defend the enemies of their kind or anyone who is perceived to be the enemy of the milky white way of life.”
Keep in mind, Obama himself attended Harvard and Columbia University. It is also unclear whether Wright considers the president to be a “biscuit,” infected with “white racist DNA,” but he apparently never came right out and said it.
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Though the Obamas severed their ties to Wright and his church in 2008, the preacher has remained an emblem for some conservatives of the extreme views they believe the president has.
“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” said a proposal for super PAC-funded advertising attacking the Obama-Wright connection leaked this spring. But billionaire Joe Ricketts – for whom the proposal had been written – disavowed any interest in going forward with the ads. Mitt Romney also distanced himself.
Wright made sure not to waste an opportunity to attack the tea party and suggested that the movement was somehow against the black community.
“This is not a time to romanticize because we have the first African descended president in the White House,” he said. “You see what the tea party is trying to do. This not the time to romanticize or fantasize.”
The Daily Caller reports that Wright also quoted Frederick Douglass, who in his famous 1852 “The Meaning of July Fourth to the Negro” speech said: “ The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.”
“Frederick Douglass’ words sound curiously like a controversial preacher preaching 150 years after Douglass,” he said before reading an excerpt of the speech.
For those who need a refresher course on some of Wright’s most controversial sermons, watch this Fox News wrap-up: