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We Be Chillin' With The Reverend Jeremiah

By The Neville Awards
Posted April 30, 2008

For fifty years the liberals have been telling us that there is no difference between the races, and we should celebrate and tolerate our diversity and multiculturalism. So we did, although somewhat confused by the obvious contradiction of confirming our lack of difference by celebrating our diversity. The liberal/leftist press and academia checked their brains at the door, put on the PC masks and mouthed all of the correct platitudes. We were careful not to offend lest we get sued, get sent off to sensitivity training or worse, re-education indoctrination gulags.

The rules have now changed. The Reverend Jeremiah Wright has shown us the way. It's officially OK to publically and condescendingly make fun of the white folks, their speech patterns/accents and their religious music.

It's also now OK to advocate for the differences between the races, primarily in the way black kids and white kids learn. Blacks, of course, fair poorly, because they are trapped in the oppressive white educational system.

To celebrate our diversity and the new Gospel Rules According to Jeremiah Wright here are some of the wackier moments from speech the good Reverend gave at the NAACP convention on April 26, 2008. The transcript alone does not convey the full hatred and stupidity that emanated from the Clown Prince of Preachin'. To hear and see the videos go to our Wright and Ayres Quotations Page to experience the full effect. To read the complete transcripts go to Complete Transcripts of the NAACP and the NPC speeches

The Reverend Wright on Music

Europeans saw Africans as deficient. Lovers of George Friedrich Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart saw lovers of B.B. King and Frankie Beverly and Maze as deficient. Lovers of Marian Anderson saw lovers of Lady Day and Anita Baker as deficient. Lovers of European cantatas -- Comfort ye in the glory, the glory of the Lord -- Lovers of European cantatas saw lovers of common meter -- I love the Lord, He heard my cry -- they saw them as deficient.

In the first place, Mr. Music Expert, it's not a cantata. Handel's Messiah is an oratorio and the words "Comfort ye" are from an aria from the oratorio. Secondly, George Friedrich Handel had more talent in his left pinky finger than you will ever experience in your lifetime. Thirdly, lovers of George Friedrich Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart come in all colors today and are equally at home with the music of B.B. King, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Earth Wind & Fire, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gay, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin et al. I'll bet there were even some white musicians playing in the Motown "Funk Brothers" band and Booker T. & the MG's. I'll bet that some black musicians have performed Handel's Messiah (can you say Wynton Marsalis?)

The Reverend Wright on Education

Turn to your neighbor and say different does not mean deficient. It simply means different. In fact, Dr. Janice Hale was the first writer whom I read who used that phrase. Different does not mean deficient. Different is not synonymous with deficient. It was in Dr. Hale's first book, "Black Children their Roots, Culture and Learning Style." Is Dr. Hale here tonight? We owe her a debt of gratitude. Dr. Hale showed us that in comparing African-American children and European-American children in the field of education, we were comparing apples and rocks.

And in so doing, we kept coming up with meaningless labels like EMH, educable mentally handicapped, TMH, trainable mentally handicapped, ADD, attention deficit disorder.

And we were coming up with more meaningless solutions like reading, writing and Ritalin. Dr. Hale's research led her to stop comparing African-American children with European-American children and she started comparing the pedagogical methodologies of African-American children to African children and European-American children to European children. And bingo, she discovered that the two different worlds have two different ways of learning. European and European-American children have a left brained cognitive object oriented learning style and the entire educational learning system in the United States of America. Back in the early '70s, when Dr. Hale did her research was based on left brained cognitive object oriented learning style. Let me help you with fifty cent words.

Left brain is logical and analytical. Object oriented means the student learns from an object. From the solitude of the cradle with objects being hung over his or her head to help them determine colors and shape to the solitude in a carol in a PhD program stuffed off somewhere in a corner in absolute quietness to absorb from the object. From a block to a book, an object. That is one way of learning, but it is only one way of learning.

African and African-American children have a different way of learning.

They are right brained, subject oriented in their learning style. Right brain that means creative and intuitive. Subject oriented means they learn from a subject, not an object. They learn from a person. Some of you are old enough, I see your hair color, to remember when the NAACP won that tremendous desegregation case back in 1954 and when the schools were desegregated. They were never integrated. When they were desegregated in Philadelphia, several of the white teachers in my school freaked out. Why? Because black kids wouldn't stay in their place. Over there behind the desk, black kids climbed up all on them.

Because they learn from a subject, not from an object. Tell me a story. They have a different way of learning. Those same children who have difficulty reading from an object and who are labeled EMH, DMH and ADD. Those children can say every word from every song on every hip hop radio station half of who's words the average adult here tonight cannot understand. Why? Because they come from a right-brained creative oral culture like the (greos) in Africa who can go for two or three days as oral repositories of a people's history and like the oral tradition which passed down the first five book in our Jewish bible, our Christian Bible, our Hebrew bible long before there was a written Hebrew script or alphabet. And repeat incredulously long passages like Psalm 119 using mnemonic devices using eight line stanzas. Each stanza starting with a different letter of the alphabet. That is a different way of learning. It's not deficient, it is just different. Somebody say different. I believe that a change is going to come because many of us are committed to changing how we see other people who are different.

Different, not deficient. Separate but equal. Is the good Reverend actually advocating for separate but equal schools fifty-four years after Brown Vs. Board ruled them unconstitutional? Black kids see apples but call them rocks because they are more right-brain creative.

The Reverend Wright on Linguistics

What Dr. Janice Hale did in the field of education, Dr. Geneva Smitherman did in the field of linguistics. Almost 25 years ago now, Dr. Smitherman's book published by Wayne State University talking and testifying the language of black America taught us the same thing. Different does not mean deficient. Linguists have known since the mid 20th century that number one, nobody in Detroit, with the exception of citizens born and raised in the United Kingdom, nobody in Detroit speaks English. We all speak different varieties of American. If you don't believe me, go to the United Kingdom. As soon as you open your mouth in the United Kingdom, they'll say oh you're from America. Because they hear you speak in American. Linguists knew that nobody in here speaks English, but only black children 50 years ago were singled out as speaking bad English.

In 1961, it's been all over the Internet now, John Kennedy could stand at the inauguration in January and say, "ask not what your country can do for you, it's rather what you can do for your country." How do you spell is? Nobody ever said to John Kennedy that's not English "is". Only to a black child would they say you speak bad English. Kennedy got killed. Johnson stepped up to the podium and love feel, we just left love feel. And Johnson, said my fellow Americans. How do you spell fellow? How do you spell American? Nobody says to Johnson you speak bad English.

Ed Kennedy, today, those of you in the Congress, you know Kilpatrick. You know, Ed Kennedy today cannot pronounce cluster consonants. Very few people from Boston can. They pronounce park like it's p-o-c-k. Where did you "pock" the car? They pronounce f-o-r-t like it's f-o-u-g-h-t. We fought a good battle. And nobody says to a Kennedy you speak bad English. Only to a black child was that said. Linguists knew that 50 years ago and they also knew number two that every language, including the language of Jesus, Aramaic, was made up of five subsets, pragmatic, grammar, syntax, semantics and phonics and that African speakers of English and African speakers of French and African speakers of Portuguese and African speakers of Spanish in the new world had created languages, not dialect all with five different subsets.

In a few amazingly stupid remarks Reverend Wright condemns black kids to a lifetime of victimhood and poverty by saying that "sounding white" is bad and that speaking, dare we say, Ebonics, is the road to the true black experience. Somebody ought to tell Barack...his diction is perfect, although he can sound "black" when he needs to. Hillary shouldn't try. Ebonics or speaking black is not a subset, dialect or a collection of cluster's just plain old bad English. And it's a guaranteed trip to the unemployment line.

In the past both Wright and Minister Farrakhan have said or implied that Jesus was a black man. Maybe so, more than likely he looked Semitic. In any case if we apply the Wright tested theory that he was black, instead of saying "now go and sin no more" a black Jesus in Wright's world might have said, "yo ho, yo ho...go an' sin no mo", if he were truly speaking "truth to power".

Just havin' some fun tonite and keepin' it real here in the Nevillehood.
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