WASHINGTON - Even today, in the wake of rising anti-Semitism in the United States, that reared its head in the deadly attack on the Washington Holocaust Museum; there are still those in the US that are not hindered from expressing an aggressive position against the Jewish people.
US President Barack Obama's former pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright in an interview with the Daily Press on Wednesday expressed the same kind of racist views that led Obama to distance himself from the church before he was elected president.
When asked if he had spoken to Obama since his election, Wright blamed the White House, and "them Jews" in particular, for not allowing the president to talk to him.
"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me," he said, "I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ...
"They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."
Wright also blamed the Jews and Israel for Obama's decision not to send a US delegation to the World Conference on Racism (Durban II), and said that he did not do so for fear of offending Israel.
"Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionists is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel," Wright said.
The pastor's tone was very forgiving of the president, who he said has "made mistakes… He listened to those around him. I did not disown him".
When asked if he voted for Obama in the 2008 elections, Wright told the Daily Press: "Of course I voted for him; he's my son. I'm proud of him.
"I've got five biological kids. They all make mistakes and bad choices. I haven't stopped loving any of them."