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Published:April 29th, 2008 09:19 EST
Ax what you can do for your country

Ax what you can do for your country

By Nancy Lee Wolfe (HR Development/Content Manager)

We remember the 60s when the social change which continues today began in earnest-- riots, draft card and bra-burnings-- those were the days.  However, Rev. Wright established a new battleground by mocking JFK’s Boston drawl.  It seems sad that the struggle for equality and fair treatment has come to the division of diction. 

Reverend Wright has become a house-hold name by confrontationally itemizing his perception of America, bigotry and hate.  What seems most important to Reverend Wright is to finally receive an apology from America for the slavery it visited on his ancestors.

Setting aside his peculiar points of view, is it possible that we all ax for forgiveness?

Can we also repent for the mistreatment of Native American Indians?  Can we confess any act of hatred or murderous intent we have entertained?  Can we express true repentance; and, if we do, will our hearts be heard?  If so, may I be among the first to say, “I am so, so sorry, Reverend Wright.” 

Many years of struggle have been invested toward unity and freedom in America.  Perhaps Reverend Wright is sincere in his criticism.  Perhaps his heart was in the right place when he found it necessary to mock and belittle a president’s accent in order to highlight his point.  Nevertheless, when President Kennedy issued his historical challenge, he inspired a generation to service and to sacrifice-- did his diction so offend?

Frankly, if a leader appears on the political scene again-- it’s been a long time since America had a leader-- the American people will still find themselves filled with pride and prepared to face the incomprehensible challenges that loom before us. 

In the meantime, Reverend Wright, we ax your forgiveness.  Does it matter that the diction disappoints?

I’m Nancy Lee Wolfe and I approve this message.