Comments on: Rhyming reverend gets last word at Obama inaugural http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: My Country http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-388563 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 18:29:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-388563 My Country

For those who are angry about the Inaugural prayer Rev. Lowery prayed, please forgive him. He’s an old warrior, and it may be quite difficult for him to let go of the hurt from the past. One must understand the struggles of a people from so long ago. I would like to thank; whites, reds, yellows and browns, who have stood by us as African Americans to finally make it to some point in history were we can finally say maybe, just maybe we have almost arrived at the “mountain top”. It’s been a long hard struggle! I don’t want to say only if you’re “black” you understood what he prayed the HURT and the HUMOR. I do believe others who aren’t African American understood as well. I do believe he didn’t mean any harm.

If I may share some of my family’s history to help some understand why some of our elders speak the way they do. My father and mother were married for almost 60 years, raised 10 children in the ghetto and helped 7 of those children through college. My father fought in 3 wars: WWII, Korean, and the beginning of Vietnam. He was always trying to prove himself as an American. While on leave he would go home to visit his mother in Mississippi and some would spit on him in his uniform, shouting at him to take off that uniform you black (n word). Yet he jumped ships when being bombed, watched his buddies killed in war, hide in fox holes fighting the enemy, kicked by some white officers and called the (n word)when he thought he had found a quiet place to kneel and pray on ship(only 17, he said he was scared the first time they were attacked by the Japanese and all had to jump ship)…..and being left to walk alone on a dark rode after a car drives up and pick up all the soldiers, he reaches for the door to get in and the car drive off. He heard the driver say, “ I don’t drive no ( n word) “, so he continued walking alone. He told me that hurt, and that driver didn’t see me as an American! With tears at times he would tell us this is “OUR COUNTRY” treat others with respect and “IT DIDN’T MATTER THE COLOR.”

He never wanted us to deal with what he had gone through. He was always trying to prove himself as an American always! All my life because of my father it’s been God, family and county. My country, my America. When Rev. Lowery gave the prayer, when he said “Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest.”, I thought of my father, who would have loved to see this day. I shared my father’s history not to lay blame or point fingers.. But to say thank you America ( whites, reds, yellows, browns, and yes African Americans) for coming together this day and saying we are ONE COUNTRY, and we can stand together as ONE RACE OF PEOPLE.. As the Apostle John would say, “let us love one another little children.” My father taught all of his children and grandchildren to “LOVE ALL PEOPLE”.. He never past on the hate to us that others pushed at him for years!! He would only cry his pain to my mother the hurt he suffered… She finally let us know this intimate moment between the two of them after his death. In memory of my beloved father (I miss you daddy) he died Veteran’s Day 2005.

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By: college student http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-388286 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 03:57:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-388286 You know, those last lines that rhymed are actually from an old blues song by Big Bill Broonzy. It’s important to know a little history before we go name-calling and getting offended, eh?

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By: Alice http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-388192 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:10:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-388192 Even if Lowery’s words were divisive, you can choose unity. You don’t have to march to that beat. Just roll your eyes at another racist old man and get on with it.

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By: LAW http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387999 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 07:09:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387999 This was a very racist comment towards white people. 400 hundred years you say? Your own people sold you into slavery….My bad for what somebody did over here to your great great grand but it wasn’t me and it wasn’t you. Colleges give black people extra points when the mark their race on entrance aplications….simply for their race!!! There is a minimum quota for black people at every job. African American????? Were you born in Africa? Have you been there one bathroom for 50 people? If you were born there and became a US citizen then you had to go through the natrulization process declaring allegiance to this country and disowning your old country. So its just AMERICAN!!!!! Obama was raised by his white mother and white grandmother because his black father stepped out. He should apologize if only for his mother and grand mother.

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By: Mark http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387983 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:00:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387983 It is amazing how the media has swept this racist’s comments under the rug and refuses to comment on them. If a white person made any comment about blacks or if Warren made a comment about gays they would have been crucified in the media.

I voted for Obama as I thought we needed change but now I am sorry I ever voted for him. To smile and nod in agreement to a racist remark such as Lowery’s is absolutely wrong. I can only wait for four years and hope we have a country left when it comes time to vote again. I for one will not vote for the coronation of Obama again.

In the end it is comments like Lowery’s which will drive a wedge between blacks and whites which will drive more whites to organizations which are racist. The double standard in this country must end before racism will ever end.

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By: Lovern http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387982 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:33:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387982 Unfortunately, it appears that racism is more than alive & well in America and it’s so sad. On a day when we were embracing each other as equals, we were again shown our differences. This not a joke and it makes me wonder how many more friends President Obama has that hold these racist views? I don’t mind – everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, I do mind them being given a platform to create more hate.

“If you got some white friends, they be clappin’ like this, y’all…”

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By: Tami http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387969 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 15:11:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387969 I can’t decide if the comment was racist or not. I do, however, believe it was inappropriate.

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By: David Cavall http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387964 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 13:35:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387964 Lowrey’s appearance at the inauguration was an embarrassment and a disgrace.

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By: Terry http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387941 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 04:21:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387941 Foul! His remark was racsist. So much for a new beginning and CHANGE! Good-luck to all the Obots that bought in to this massive lie.

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By: Lawrence http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/01/20/rhyming-reverend-gets-last-word-at-obama-inaugural/comment-page-3/#comment-387932 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 01:13:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=15176#comment-387932 And East Asian folks, as usual, will let the insult roll off their backs, and suffer continued racism in silence, as they always do.

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