Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. (born September 22, 1941) is a former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), a largely African-American megachurch in Chicago, Illinois with 10,000 members. In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the senior pastor of his congregation.Following retirement, Wright’s beliefs and manner of preaching were scrutinized by the media when controversial segments from his sermons were publicized in connection with the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
In his latest statements on public opinion, and contemporary societal issues, he endorsed Duke Basketball which confused a lot of his followers and congregation members, including former Temple Basketball Coach John Cheney. Duke, known for its unproportional amount of white players from Afluent backgrounds accepted Wright’s endorsement and will honor him after the NCAA tournament.
Some of Wrights contraversial statements included……
“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 eye…and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yard and Cameron Indoor Stadium. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
Wright then continued:
“Violence begets violence, hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that, you all, not a black militant or Duke power Forward.”
He has also made references to North Carolina students as “playa haters” and that the “Powder Blue color is symbolic of the Neocon view of Black basketball players in the south.”
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