DALLAS — Urging the black community to stand up to injustice and stem the tide against rape, Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered two sermons at a South Dallas megachurch on Sunday morning.
Wright, the former pastor of presidential hopeful Barack Obama, spoke at Friendship-West Baptist Church to honor the Rev. Frederick Haynes on the 25th anniversary of his becoming the church's senior pastor. Haynes, who's on the short list to take over the NAACP, has called Wright his "spiritual mentor" and "adopted father." The event marked one of Wright's first public sermons since video clips from previous sermons served as a body blow to Obama's presidential campaign.
Wright spoke during the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services, delivering different sermons to each group. "Folks who can't see racism stamped across the criminal justice system are blind," Wright said during his first sermon, where he said that rampant injustice can leave people psychologically crippled. He used a story from the book of John to talk about people who aren't willing to stand up for themselves, who he described as living on the corner of "Woe Is Me" and "It's Their Fault."
"Stand up," Wright ordered. "Stop wallowing in misery."
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