Right on Wright

Tonight, Dennise and Maria were watching TV, and some clips of Rev. Jeremiah Wright came on from his National Press Club appearance last night. Among other things, these were clips where he was again blaming the government for AIDS, and calling American soldiers terrorists.

The following is a mostly verbatim transcription of the conversation that ensued…

“Mom, was Rev. Wright alive when Martin Luther King got shot?”

“Yes, Maria, he was.”

“I think he’s still angry about that. And I think he’s probably also still mad about that gas that makes you cry….”

“You mean ‘tear gas?'”

“Yeah, tear gas….from on the marches in Atlanta, Georgia.* And I think he’s probably mad about people having to sit at the back of the bus too.”

“It could be, sweetie.”

“Mom, I think he needs to talk to a counselor. Maybe he could talk to Ms. Wilson.”

“Who is that, Maria?”

“She’s our counselor at school. She says that before you get angry and say mean things you should try screaming into a pillow, or even screaming into a mirror…”

“Into a mirror?”

“Well,” said Maria, “actually I made that last part up.”

* (we assume she meant Selma, Alabama…)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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