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For the record

By auguste
Friday, May 30, 2008 15:29 EDT
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What’s offensive about the Pastor Father Pfleger sermon is not what he said about White privilege. Melissa’s post recognizes this while properly focusing on the misogyny. In fact, for the first half of the video, I was getting ready to post about it positively, in contrast to Michelle Malkin (thanks for the transcription, Michelle, such as it is):

to address the one who says, “Well, don’t hold me responsible (gesticulating) for what my ancestors did. But you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did and unless you are ready to give up the benefits (voice rising), throw away your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money you put into the company you WALKED INTO BECAUSE YO’ DADDY AND YO’ GRANDDADDY AND YO’ GREATGRANDDADDY–(screaming at the top of his lungs)–UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO GIVE UP THE BENEFITS, THEN YOU MUST BE REPSONSIBLE [Malkin's sic] FOR WHAT WAS DONE IN YOUR GENERATION ‘CUZ YOU ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS INSURANCE POLICY! (Wild gestures, wild applause).

…We must be honest enough to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head.

Malkin’s editorializing punctuation aside, I was nodding my head in agreement until after all that, when he got to the part where he became a raving misogynist. (See Melissa’s post.) But I’m not bringing it up as a 50% defense of Pfleger; merely to point out that the media attention is focusing on the wrong part of the sermon. Which, of course, and unsurprisingly, is just redoubling the misogyny at play, with the added bonus of denying the existence of white privilege!

Goddamn it. The only thing that would piss me off more is if a large portion of commenters at a place that called itself “TalkLeft” were behaving exactly the same way. (Looks like Big Tent Democrat got sick of it and closed comments.)

Update: As Incertus in comments indirectly reminds me I should have said “But I’m not bringing it up as a 50% defense of Pfleger; merely to point out that the media attention, and Obama, are focusing on the wrong part of the sermon.”

 
 
 
 
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