This is a comment on the article and a comment made.
Your point about the connection between Christianity and any kind of nationalism is well taken, and I say that as one who has no religion at all. However, that doesn’t negate the point in the article, Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Is He Preaching Christianity or Black Nationalism? I refer the reader to that article on this same Web site DivineCaroline. Whereas I personally found some truth in more than one of Jeremiah Wright’s vitriolic statements. Wright’s underlying theme throughout is a racist “look what whitey is doing to us.” Black people cannot win this war of us against them because there are still too many white people just like them. However, racism is no longer institutionalized in the U.S., and it is still harder for a black person to make it here than it is for a white person, I think that blacks are now hurt more by seeing themselves as victims and their own resultant feelings of inferiority, than they are by the white racists that think blacks are inherently inferior.
The preacher Jeremiah Wright does much more harm than good as far as racism is concerned, by not only teaching blacks to resent whites, but by feeding the fire of White racism toward them. And as one who sees racism as at least one of the worst forms of collectivism, I would like to ask the preacher to read Pick a Better Country by the Black author Ken Hamblin. If after reading that book Jeremiah Wright still wishes to espouse an Afro-centric nationalism I would like to suggest to him, just as all White racists would, that he pick any country in Africa that he likes better than this one and go there. I resent him for resenting me as I am no more responsible for my great grandfather owning slaves than Jeremiah Wright is for some of his African ancestors selling others into slavery.
On the other hand, the author of the article, shows no such collectivistic resentment. Whatever disagreement we might have won’t be because one of us sees the other as inherently inferior or owing the other something because of a condition of our birth.
As far as Barack Obama is concerned, it will be ironic if he is ultimately denied the presidency because of his relationship with the man who said this country would never elect a black man. As one who still hopes Barack gets elected I must say that I personally prefer the individual he was apparently pretending to be when he gave the 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, to the person I now think he must be. Let me recommend A Bound Man by Shelby Steele. I have not read it yet myself, but I have heard the author discuss it. He claims that we do not know Barack Obama and I can now say that I certainly do not.