The Rev. Wright and the Role of Race

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Regarding the April 29 front-page article, "As Minister Repeats Comments, Obama Tries to Quiet Fray":

Like millions of Americans, I watched clips from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.'s sermons and thought the man was just another demagogue. But then I listened to his recent speech before the NAACP in Detroit and got the opportunity for the first time to hear a full expression of his ideas and opinions.

He is being mischaracterized by the media and others. He is a great and thoughtful speaker whose views on history, religion and race make perfect sense to me, a patriotic white American.

Sen. Barack Obama, the "change" candidate, has distanced himself from his mentor, the Rev. Wright, for no reason other than political expediency, which would appear to make Mr. Obama just another politician.

ROBERT LEDERMAN

Clifton, N.J.

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