BATON ROUGE- In a speech given at Southern University on Thursday, controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright lashed out against a newspaper columnist who called him racist. Wright called New Orleans writer Quin Hillyer a "jack-aXX". Hillyer responded on twitter saying, "if he thinks I'm a jack-aXX, I must be a saint."
Wright is best known as the former pastor of President Barack Obama. In 2003, Wright gave a speech where he concluded God would judge the United States for it's mistreatment of African-Americans. The fiery sermon surfaced during Obama's 2008 bid for the White House. At the height of the sermon Wright said,"no, no, no, not God bless America, God dXXX America."
Wright came to Southern University as the guest speaker for a black history month program. In his speech Wright condemned the United States for what he viewed as it's historical and current mistreatment of blacks. "[The United States government] is putting blacks back in slavery," said Wright, "putting black and brown men outside the citizenry by creating, legally, a new caste system."
Wright went on to encourage audience members to seek help from God rather than other means. "If you're looking to the government for help, you're looking in the wrong places," said Wright, "if you're looking for guns for help you're looking in the wrong places."
Those who opposed Wrights presence at SU questioned if tax-payer money went to pay for Wrights speaking fee. However, University officials stated the speaking fee was payed for by a private donation.
After his speech, Wright greeted audience members, but he didn't take questions from reporters. University officials defended his right to be there. "We say in America that people have the freedom of speech," said SU supervisor Joe Gant, "well he has the opportunity to say it. But because he said it, it doesn't mean I agree with everything he says, but I do agree to the fact that he should have the opportunity to say it."
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