Rev. Joseph Lowrey

I must admit I was shocked, disappointed and somewhat insulted at the words spoken by Rev. Joseph Lowrey at the conclusion of the inauguration of Barack Obama. I quote…”we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around -when yellow will be mellow -when the red man can get ahead, man-and when white will embrace what is right.”  Perhaps Rev. Lowrey hadn’t noticed that our country just elected a president of African heritage. Perhaps Lowrey can show me where in America is a place that requires blacks to “get in back”. Nor do I quite understand the words..”when white will embrace what is right.”  Knowing that a huge number of white Americans voted for a black presidential candidate. The entire ending of his prayer seemed silly, divisive and unfit a man of God, let alone an ordained minister of the Gospel. I was also saddened and disappointed at the disrespect shown the departing President Bush by those in the crowd by the jeers and boo’s shouted even as he departed Washington. I committed to prayer for President Obama, and I will do so. However, if what I witnessed on January 20th is any indication of what is to come, I am not very confident of any bi-partisanship or goodwill that was promised by Mr. Obama during his campaign. Much is revealed by the company one keeps.


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