By Gregory Moore
Does anyone remember the movie “Soul Food”?
Do you remember the scene in which “Uncle Pete” was always in the back room and never came out?
If you remember the movie then you are probably thinking about that one family member who is “Uncle Pete” and usually that ‘favorite’ uncle either says something crazy or everybody thinks he’s crazy to begin with.
Well if you’re remembering your favorite, crazy uncle, will you kindly ask him to come and get his his compadré, Uncle Jerry, aka the Rev. Jeremiah Wright?
In what is now seen as nothing more than an embarrassment to the Black community, and an abomination to this country as a whole, Rev. Wright has decided to exercise his first amendment rights once again and this time he has decided to defame two key members of President Barack Obama”s cabinet; namely David Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel.
“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office.”
Now I’ve read the Virginia Daily Press article in its entirety and I’ve heard the audio that accompanied it.
What I get from Rev. Wright is the depiction of “Uncle Pete” and why so many Black families try to disown such family members when they “make it”. When it comes to Obama, he can’t afford to have a man like Wright in his inner circle. When you are the most powerful man in the free world, you want people who can keep their cool in public and only let their inner feelings come out when they are one on one with you.
In other words the POTUS wants individuals who won’t air the dirty laundry.
But Wright shot that opportunity of being in President Obama’s inner circle the moment he railed against the so-called establishment last year at the National Press Club.
And now he sounds like the bitter family member who was left out of getting a piece of the lottery winnings from a favored nephew.
Well Rev. Wright, maybe it is time for you to stop espousing the hated vitriol that you did at the Hampton University Ministers Conference and start realizing that anyone with common sense, let alone a Harvard law degree, wouldn’t give you the time of day; especially a man or woman who has succeeded and beat some very big odds in a world that once said, “There may never be a black President of the United States.”
What’s worse is that a community, for the most part, has to once again defend itself from the remarks of an older person who is out of touch with the world as it revolves today.
Never mind that maybe what he says could be true to some extent. The problem with what Rev. Wright said, and has said in the past, has put the Black community in an awkward position and he fails to realize that his actions are more harmful than helpful at a crucial time in our history and existence as a society.
So it is time for the media to stop talking to him.
It is time for his former church to realize that its former leader is not a unifier but a divider.
It is time for Black organizations to stop looking for someone to draw big crowds and give them publicity simply because they say controversial statements.
In essence it is time for Uncle Jerry to take his Metamucal supplements, make sure his pill box has all his meds in their respective slots, and retire to the back bedroom.
This man is no longer a news item or even a story of interest.
He now simply a bitter old man who is looking for attention and the best way to ensure that he doesn’t bother anyone ever again is to ignore him.
Uncle Jerry it’s your naptime.
Don’t you want to lie down and watch re-runs of Gunsmoke with Uncle Pete now?