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Friday, April 04, 2008

Smitherman likens ML King to Jeremiah Wright

From the NAACP:

Media Release

April 4, 2008

Race, Politics, and Religion

Today is the 40th anniversary of the murder of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP extends its condolences to the King family. We recognize the King family's great sacrifice of losing a husband and a father.

The Cincinnati Branch appreciates that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. consistently spoke truth to power. The African American Church has always been important to the African American Community. Any attack on the African American Church is an attack on the African American Community.

Smitherman says, "Both Rev. King and Rev. Wright challenged the status quo regarding American wars during their life time. Both consequently, were called Anti-American. The recent bomb threats on Rev. Wright's church are completely unacceptable. The death threats made against Rev. Wright are a sign that even after 40 years we have not made the progress needed for peace and justice for all. I believe strongly that the United States Government had a great deal to do with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and should be held accountable for its involvement"

Note: The Enquirer has a call into Smitherman, but has not heard back from him.

Meanwhile, here's Gov. Ted Strickland's statement.

Columbus, Ohio – Governor Ted Strickland today issued the following statement in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life was taken 40 years ago today.

“Through his actions and his words, Dr. King called our nation to live up to our most deeply held values as Americans. Though he has now been gone from this Earth longer than he was with us, Dr. King’s legacy will forever live within all those who seek peace and justice.”


at 10:52 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing similar when you compare King and Wright and Chris S. should know this. King was a man who wanted to do good. Wright is a fool who is filled with hate and ran a church filled with hate. Our Lord left that "church" a long time ago. Obama and his family should have followed.

at 11:02 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 11:04 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know there was just one "African American Church", that all African Americans went there, no white people do, and that J. Wright was in charge. Thanks for enlightening me about this surprising development in Christianity.

at 11:47 AM, April 04, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

"I believe strongly that the United States Government had a great deal to do with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and should be held accountable for its involvement"
Maybe Smitherman should team up with Alex Jones on this'n.

at 12:03 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess he has finally fallen off the deep edge - completely and forever. This should be a fun convention.

at 12:45 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman...doing all he can 24/7/365 to keeps the flames of racism alive and well 40 years after King was killed.
Too bad Chris ignored everything MLK stood for but absorbed everything race hustlers like Jackson,Sharpton,Shabazz,and Wright spit out.

at 12:55 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the King family would agree that Wright = King?

at 1:36 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. King was a patriot. Rev. Wright is anti-American bigot.

at 1:49 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a disgrace that the race baiting Smitherman would dare to compare Wright to MLK.
MLK would denounce these imposters and tell them to work positively for Afro Americans.
MLK would promote education and not make excuses for the illiterate.
MLK would promote morality and not excuse woman having offspring from several different fathers.
Smitherman and Wright are bigots!

at 2:35 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is time that all churches (ministers) skip the politicing and social commentary and start leading their sheep down the proper path. Broken families, lack of respect, and lack of education is the real racist. And let's bring God back to the neighborhoods and not just for one hour every Sunday.

at 3:20 PM, April 04, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

SMITHER MAN.......You should open an office in Cheviot, right next to Driehaus.

at 7:17 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

King was critical of government policies like the war in Vietnam and segregation. He was addressing issues of class and his I have a dream speech was about America's broken promise.

Real patriots don't sit around waiving flags and excusing their nations sins. King was denounced by the Enquirer and many others as being unpatriotic. J. Edgar Hoover thought he was public enemy number 1 and a communist.

at 11:13 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, the NAACP would do themselves a huge favor & eliminate a lot of uncomfortable situations by dumping Smitherman. Heck with the way Smitherman's sheeple rigged the votes in his favor. Dump this goon.

Oh, I can't wait for this convention. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

at 12:18 AM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't claim to know everything - but Lord, you posters are so ill-informed it's pathetic. It's really a sorry state of affairs when so many really have no idea about our national history and the most influential people who lead us to knowledge.

Folks, please take a course, read a history book, or at least listen to others and think on it a minute before forming an opinion.

As to Smitherman - instead of press releases, what celebrations is the NAACP hosting to honor the great accomplishments from such a visionary as MLK?

As for the Enquirer, where is the special section on MLK, did I miss it since my paper rarely makes it into the house anymore and I read it on the 'net?

at 12:28 AM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Smitherman, it would do you well to think before you issue press releases. My personal hopes for your leadership of the NAACP has dissipatated significantly. You are embarassing the great sacrifices of prior generations and stoking the fires that may prevent the progress of future leaders. Can you possibly more self-centered?

at 2:30 AM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Cheviot Sucks said...

Idiot jocks from c@ppy, downtrodden westside neighbourhoods should stick to blogging about sport, or other simplistic topics.

at 8:11 AM, April 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Smitherman protesting the outrageous! $1 million bond set against the man accused 18 years ago of stealing $21?

Oh, wait: it's the NAA "C" P. But I thought injustice anywhere was a threat to justice everywhere?


at 12:40 AM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance to another right-wingut-job. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080405/clsa013.html?.v=11

at 10:36 AM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mr. Smitherman were interested in Reverend Wright's funds then he would be in the forefront to get his tax Returns!

If the City coalition, Gay Rights , etc. cannot spread the cost to maintain HIV Centers with it's own monies then the HIV Centers should not do it alone, PERIOD !

If Mr. Smitherman was interested in tax-payer funds then he would not have passed out free medical supplies. The medical cost that industry has lost will cost the tax-payers is exorbitant !

If Mr. Smitherman was interested in tax-payer funds then he would not have given children free passes to Kings Island on their fare share !

If Mr Smitherman interested in tax-payer funds he would have not brought home the bacon that he bought from Krogers, PERIOD !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 8:38 PM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:30 - How dare you call me an idiot jock? You know nothing about me - it's just stereotyping as usual. I'm way smarter than you will ever be.

at 2:10 PM, April 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Smitherman is crazy! he gets on the buzz radio and likens racist Kabaka Oba to Martin Luther King and of course likens himself to Martin Luther King! Martin Luther King never got on radio and television calling black people the n-word and coons like Kabaka Oba did. Martin Luther King gave his life for his people trying to help them. Kabaka Oba died because he pubicly threatened to kill another black man. Chris Smitherman is nothing more than a race-baiter and a loud mouth little punk who pretends to be a leader.

at 7:07 PM, April 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiot Westside Jock: Your moronic posts and obvious jock trappings have earned you idiot status.

If the moniker fits......

at 3:27 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman and the NAACP are totally irrelevant. Ignore these racist clowns.

at 1:33 PM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Rev. Wright got invited by Detroit's NAACP to speak! C'mon, Cincinnati, we must have him too, to fulfull our never ending quest to become Detroit! Wright and Lynch could sure team up to improve Cincinnati's race relations, couldn't they?

at 10:58 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman is a hate monger who feeds on ignorance. He's an unChristian fool who will rot in hell. There is no place in our city for an awful man like Smitherman.

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