Melvina Germain

(April 5/1945 / Sydney, Nova Scotia)

((****)) Truth Hurts (Speech) I respect ' Pastor Jeremiah Wright'


He stood there, elegant in his african attire with a caring look on his face.
His congregation waited with anticipation, yes waiting to hang on his every
word He nodded in agreement with his own thoughts. Still he said nothing not a sound. Then like the rumble of thunder and lightening came words,
words of praise, words of wisdom, words of love, strength, inappropriate
words to some, words of truth. His verse was a history lesson, he spoke of
bad deeds of the past and present, not easily accepted by a certain segment
of the population.
.
This man, did not care if he ruffled a few feathers, he wanted to imprint on
the minds of the non believers, the facts, the down and dirty facts. Too hard
to take by some, yet totally accepted by most in his congregation. His
congregation understood where his thoughts originated for they too had
similar experiences or were taught of the experiences of their ancestors. They were truly touched by his words. You see many of them walked the
walk and certainly understood the talk unlike others.


It is absolutely impossible for those that did not experience or had been
taught about the deeds performed by their ancestors, or taken the opportunity to research history books to understand what this great
speaker was talking about.

Even though he spoke on behalf of some of the sister’s from the majority
he still was not understood. The congregation was moved and rose to
their feet time and time again in agreement with the words that flowed
from his heart. They jumped, danced, waved and called out, filled with
the holy spirit, touched by the Lord.
This man, this elegant, beautiful, cinnamon toned man is their spiritual
leader as Jesus is his spiritual leader. It is evident that he truly loves his
Christ Jesus and if you listened to his whole sermon your eyes would
be opened and you would certainly see. He loves his Jesus, he loves his
Jesus, oh yes he does.

This leader has been characterized by the media as a racist individual who
proclaims hate against his own country. How can that be true, when he is
merely giving a history lesson. There are some things, we just don’t want
to see or remember and that my friends is what Jeremiah Wright speaks
about, unfortunately truth hurts and those affected by ancestors who were
the perpetrators would rather forget and sweep the past under the rug, but
Jeremiah Wright won’t let that happen and that will help history from
repeating itself.

He stood there, with confidence, displaying a rather ceremonious
position. It’s true, he spoke to his congregation with high sounding phrases,
he was loud, aggressive in movement and tone, excessive. Some see him
as displaying a rather pompous behaviour, speaking to his flock in a
bombastic divisive manner, certainly not a parsimonious man but a strong,
Vibrant, full of life and spirit individual. A man to be respected and held
in high regard.

Written: May 18,2008

Note: Many of you may not understand and rightfully so. You can not
walk in another man's shoes, so we can agree to disagree.

Submitted: Monday, May 19, 2008
Edited: Thursday, June 19, 2008

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  • Bob Blackwell (5/24/2008 9:25:00 AM)

    Melvina, well said and well written, it needed to be said. If truth hurts, it usually is because its true. Poets need to be brave in their writing, so point out the hurt that still goes on. Thank you for being true and brave. Bob (Report) Reply

  • James B. Earley (5/23/2008 11:44:00 PM)

    You have painted an extraordinary portrait of bigotry in its finest hour! Not one single critic is yet to call the Reverend Wright a liar! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! That fact, in and of itself, speaks volumes to the veracity of the Preacher's message. Excellent! (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (5/21/2008 10:11:00 AM)

    Mel, you are so right, there are so many who refuse to think that things happen and maybe distant members of their family might have been involved. They want to put those in history books and leave them there, which is wrong. The Holocaust in the Second World War, it repercussions can still be felt today, the slave trade is another whose repercussions are still being felt by some today. The perpetrators of these things may be long gone, but their crimes are still felt today by innocent members of society. A brilliant write and I hope that a lot of people read it. Thanks for sharing it my friend. Sorry I went on a little bit, but things like this really get to me and make me want to grab the world by the scruff of the neck and make them listen. Top marks by the way.
    David (Report) Reply

  • Janri Gogeshvili (5/19/2008 4:11:00 AM)

    It is read by interest, it is written as an essay, an analytical sight …. About this person (Senior Pastor Jeremiah Wright) I have learnt from you … thanks …. (Report) Reply

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