A major theme of Wright’s sermon was the importance of teaching the African American story — both the good and the bad — so it remembered and not bastardized by what he referred to as “enemies.”
“When all you know is his story, not history, you end up being a biscuit,” he said at one point during the sermon.
“We got to tell our story to our children,” he implored later.
“As African-Americans we have a lot of good to remember,” he added. “We also have a lot of bad to remember.”
Wright also obliquely suggested that the tea party was some sort of threat to the African-American community.
“This is not a time to romanticize because we have the first African-descended president in the White House,” he said. “You see what the tea party is trying to do. This not the time to romanticize or fantasize.”
During the nearly hour-long sermon, Wright made clear that he was acutely aware of the controversy that surrounds him. Saying that African-Americans had much to celebrate as well as lament on July 4, Wright quoted from Frederick Douglass’ scathing 1852 speech, “The Meaning of July Fourth to the Negro.”
“Frederick Douglass’ words sound curiously like a controversial preacher preaching 150 years after Douglass,” he said before reading the text.
After reading the passage, he quipped, “Somebody ought to send that to Fox News.”