Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

Wright Wrong for Northwestern

May 02, 2008 02:47 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Northwestern University has withdrawn an offer to give Rev. Jeremiah Wright an honorary degree following controversy over past remarks.

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Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said the university was worried that uproar over Wright, who is presidential candidate Barack Obama’s former pastor, would disrupt the June commencement ceremonies.

“In light of the controversy around Dr. Wright and to ensure the celebratory character of commencement not be affected, the university has withdrawn its invitation to Dr. Wright,'' he said.

Obama has decided to distance himself from Wright as well. On April 29 he denounced Wright’s recent comments as “divisive and destructive.” Obama said, “I find these comments appalling. It contradicts everything that I’m about and who I am.”

The degree offer was withdrawn in March, before Wright reignited the controversy by saying, in televised appearances on April 28, that the United States was attacked on Sept. 11 because it engaged in terrorism toward others, and that the government was capable of using the AIDS virus to commit genocide against minorities. Wright’s media tour and inflammatory comments have caused strong reactions from black leaders, columnists and political analysts.

The honorary degree Wright would have received was a doctorate in sacred theology.

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