“If you don’t understand me, it’s your fault!!” That’s from the Spirit album by Earth, Wind and Fire. I think it’s saying that maybe we should stop jumping off of the deep end and take a deep breath.

There are all these accusations flying around. Reverend Jeremiah Wright has been called everything from blasphemous to a racist to a hate-monger. (In response, Obama’s church sent a press release supporting Reverend Wright.)

All of this is based on the four phrases that have been seen on YouTube, adding up to a total of 8-10 sentences. People have based their opinion on 8-10 sentences. Most of these people have never been in a Black church. They don’t understand how Black preachers get the congregation into the sermon. They don’t understand the emotion. Yet, they feel qualified out commenting on Reverend Wright’s personality based on the sound bites.

Both Hillary Clinton supporters and “hardcore” Republican have openly stated that they never trusted Barack Obama. Because he is Black? Because he worked in Illinois and not Washington? Why? Don’t give me this garbage about “I had this feeling.” And, by the way, where’s Hillary Clinton’s Reverend? Where is John McCain’s? Do these politicians go to church? They say that he has always seemed to be hiding something. What? That he goes to church?

Some have even thrown around the ridiculous notion that Obama has not been “vetted.” This is pure nonsense. All of those Americans with half-a-brain please stop for a minute and think. (To those Americans without half-a-brain: Please continue to stick your head in the gas tank to see if you’re car is running out of gas). Obama spent years in the Illinois House and Senate. The Chicago Tribune wrote numerous articles on Obama. I promise you, he has been investigated up one side and down the other. This is Chicago. The home of Mayor Daley. Every major politician gets vetted. Ask the former governor! Obama has been under scrutiny for the last four years. The scrutiny just intensified over the last two. You can’t tell me that the Washington Post or the New York Times or the LA Times haven’t been trying to find something on Barack Obama. If they haven’t, you know the Republicans have.

So, this is what they’ve come up with: 5-10 sentences that are objectionable to white people. I specifically say white people because I believe phrases like those spoken by Reverend Jeremiah Wright have been heard in Black congregations throughout this nation for the last 70 years (or more.) Until you have been at a Black church for three or four weeks, I do not believe you can adequately criticize a few sentences. Sit in the pews. Feel the emotion. Then, then come back to this blog and tell me that Reverend Jeremiah Wright said something that was blasphemous. Only then, will I take your criticism seriously.