It looks like a violent brand of racism is alive and well here in Texas. Reverend Jeremiah Wright was supposed to come to Texas. He was going to speak to a church in Houston, and receive an award from Brite Divinity School on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
A couple of days ago, TCU wussed out and asked the Divinity School not to have the award on that campus. I have been a supporter of TCU in the past, but this is very disappointing. They have knuckled under to the racist elements. It looks like even here in the 21 century, this predominately-white church university is still not willing to stand firm against racism.
So the Brite Divinity School moved the award ceremony to Dallas at predominately-black Paul Quinn College. I commend the leaders of Paul Quinn College, but evidently the threats just became too much. The Rev. Wright has cancelled his visit to Texas. He said he cancelled out of safety concerns for the churches and schools who were hosting the visit, his family and himself.
Doesn't this make you proud of our state? It is perfectly acceptable for many white right-wing preachers to spread their message of hate here, and no one complains. But let a single black minister stand up and tell the truth, and the death threats begin to fly.
Any Texan has the right to disagree with Rev. Wright, just like I have the right to disagree with the white hate-mongers. But threatening someone's life is way over the line -- no matter who they are. You'd have to be a really sick bastard to do that.
This whole incident should be an embarrassment to all Texans.