Thursday, May 01, 2008

Northwestern University opportunists withdraw Wright's honorary degree

Wright being Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor.

"May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Northwestern University withdrew its offer to give the Reverend Jeremiah Wright an honorary degree at this year's commencement because of the controversy over past sermons by the former pastor to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. .... In a statement released today, Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said the university in the Chicago suburb of Evanston was concerned that the furor over Wright would disrupt the June commencement ceremonies."

I think that Wright is right on, so to speak, and that the stuff he said is pretty good. The idea that an interruption of a commencement ceremony is enough to cancel an entire honorary degree is bullshit. Why not just give it to the person at a different time than the main commencement ceremony?

For me, the issue with Obama and Wright has never been what Wright said but the back peddling that Obama has been doing against his progressive past, essentially lying and selling people who he no doubt on some level agrees with down the river instead of taking the opportunity to defend progressive opinions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know what, start your own university and you can decide who to invite.