Melissa Harris-Perry: I Attended Rev. Wright’s Post-9/11 Sermon And He Was ‘Exactly Right’


On Tuesday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry revealed to Andre Michael Eggelletion — who was sitting in for Al Sharpton‘ radio show that she had attended service at Trinity United Church of Christ for Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s post-9/11 “anti-war” sermon., who was sitting in for Sharpton, had been discussing

Harris-Perry brought up Rev. Wright’s controversial sermon, which had been given on the Sunday following the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, in order to compare the headline-making reverend to late Harvard professor Derrick Bell and the manner in which the media and the public has discussed the President’s relationship to both men. Harris-Perry, for one, took exception with the notion that “we’re supposed to feel negative emotions” or “ashamed” regarding the two.

“I don’t agree with everything that Rev. Wright has said,” Harris-Perry noted, “but I also don’t agree with none of it.”

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“I was in Trinity United Church of Christ on the Sunday after September 11th,” she continued. “I was at the time living in Chicago, I attended church the Sunday after September 11, 2001. And I will never forget that Rev. Wright, on that day, preached a sermon that was an anti-war sermon. Before anyone was even fully talking about war, Rev. Wright understood that what the American state normally does is to respond to this kind of attack with war and that that war was going to be against poor countries and countries with people of color and that it was probably going to be a war that did very little to keep us particularly safe relative to terrorism. And in all of those ways Rev. Wright was exactly right.”

Have a listen, via Sharpton’s radio program:

h/t NewsBusters

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