The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics

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3
Entering the Land of Milk
and Honey

ON SUNDAY EVENING, April 13, 2003, some twenty-five days after the United States invaded Iraq, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright took to the pulpit of the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side to deliver a sermon titled “Confusing God and Government.” The sermon was like many others preached by Reverend Wright, who is a widely known minister within black religious circles for his theatrical style of preaching and his ability to tie in lessons from the Bible to current events that relate to the black condition. In 1993 Ebony magazine named Reverend Wright one of the fifteen top preachers in America, placing him alongside stewards such as Gardner C. Taylor of the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, Samuel Dewitt Proctor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and civil rights activists Jesse Jackson and Joseph Lowery. On that Sunday evening, during the typical low-key church service, Reverend Wright took his message from the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.” The simple scripture served as the basis of Reverend Wright’s long—and at times rambling—sermon about how people can easily fall prey to believing whatever their government tells them.1

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Table of contents

  • Transgressing Boundaries ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1- Clash of Ideas 3
  • 2- Chicago- The Political Capital of Black America 35
  • 3- Entering the Land of Milk and Honey 70
  • 4- Respectability as Public Philosophy 100
  • 5- Wink, Nod, Vote 137
  • 6- The Price of the Ticket 170
  • Notes 193
  • Index 205
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