In light of the controversy surrounding statements made by you that have recently been publicized, the celebratory character of Northwestern's commencement would be affected by our conferring of this honorary degreeUniversity rescinds degree for Rev. Wright May 02, 2008
Whatever relationship I had with Reverend Wright has changed as a consequence of thisSuperdelegates watch Obama-Wright matter Apr 30, 2008
They are unfair accusations taken from sound bites, and that which is looped over and over again on certain channelsWright: New dialogue on race needed Apr 28, 2008
We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eyeObama's pastor says 'God damn America' Mar 13, 2008
Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jr. (born September 22, 1941) is Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), a megachurch in Chicago exceeding 6,000 members. In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the Senior Pastor of his congregation and no longer has daily responsibilities at the church.
Following retirement, Wright's beliefs and preaching were scrutinized when segments from his sermons were publicized in connection with the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, including his contention that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were proof that "America's chickens are coming home to roost" and "...not God Bless America. God damn America." Obama reacted to the Wright controversy in a speech entitled "A More Perfect Union."
Wright subsequently defended himself in a speech before the NAACP on April 27, 2008, in which he indicated that he was not "divisive" but "descriptive," and that the black church experience, like black culture, was "different" but not "deficient". After the election, Wright was again the center of controversy when he suggested on one occasion that "them Jews" were keeping him from reaching President Obama.