Cliff Saunders has joined the billion-dollar political circus otherwise known as the US presidential election campaign, by accusing CNN’s non-exposure of “that infamous racist pastor Jeremiah Wright whose church Obama attended” (The Star, July 20).

He also accuses African-Americans of “deep-rooted racism” because “for every 17 African-Americans who vote for Obama’s Democratic Party, only one votes for the Republicans”.

In fact, credible commentators have written that Pastor Wright is neither a racist nor a fanatic; just a well-read and principled man with an unshakeable commitment to justice. He was a marine in Vietnam, and has devoted his life to social justice.

This is what Wright said about the US: “When it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains. The government put them in slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton fields, put them in inferior schools, put them in sub-standard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest-paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into position of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing God bless America? No, no, no. Not God bless America; God damn America!”

Can Saunders dispute Wright’s summary of US history?

It is an indictment of President Barack Obama that he denounced and distanced himself from Pastor Wright to appease white American supremacists and Zionists. Obama knew, despite his glib rhetoric about changing Washington politics, that he would never be given the nomination without backing from the US corporate establishment.

American politicians are not elected to serve the interests of the people who elect them, or to do what is right or just. The entire system is a fraud by which people are led to believe that they have a say in who rules them, a fraud that fools enough of the people enough of the time. This illusion is maintained and re-enacted every four years so that the masses can be deluded into thinking that they have a free choice.

In reality, regardless of who is elected to the White House in November, there will be little change in US policy. The endless cycle of wars that is a systemic need of the US establishment will continue no matter who occupies the White House.

Dr Firoz Osman

Media Review Network

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