A news report in today’s Chicago Sun-Times should disturb every American concerned with the fair treatment of all citizens in our courts and the responsible administration of justice.
The S-T report begins:
About 600 of Chicago’s top African-American lawyers and judges gave standing ovations Thursday to two preachers who’ve been vilified in recent months for their sermons that went nationwide on the Web.The entire S-T report’s here.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the Rev. Michael Pfleger became headaches for Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign when their controversial comments became fodder for conservative talk-show hosts.
Wright said “God damn America” in arguing that American foreign policy helped bring on the 9/11 attacks. Pfleger said Hillary Clinton resented Obama as a black man taking the nomination she felt was hers.
But despite the heat on them, the two clergymen kept a previously scheduled date to double-team the annual banquet of the Cook County Bar Association, the country’s oldest black lawyers’ association.
Sticking a finger in the eye of Wright’s chief critic, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Pfleger introduced Wright by listing his degrees, then saying, “And, Mr. O’Reilly, he was a Marine!”
And Wright jabbed comedian Bill Cosby, who has been critical of how many African Americans have been raising their children.
“I have no problem with Cosby . . . going around the country diagnosing our problems,” Wright said. But Wright said he preferred the actions of so many of the lawyers and judges who attend his church and work with his youth programs. …
Revs. Wright and Plfeger have histories of making racist, sexist and anti-American remarks. That 600 judges and attorneys would stand and cheer them is therefore very troubling.
Would the 600 cheer Revs. who made anti-black remarks? Of course not.
Would they want attorneys and judges who cheer white racists holding sway over them within our court system? Of course not.
What is in the heads of those African-American judges and attorneys that leads them to cheer a cleric who’s said our government deliberately spread the AIDS virus to hold down the black population?
The knowledge that there are 600 such judges and attorneys in just one America city is deeply troubling. How can such people responssibly administer the laws of the land when they carry in their heads whatever psychic poison it is that gets them on their feet and cheering Wright and Pflegger?
The two are abominations who ought to be shunned.
Hat tip: Archer 05