On my nationally-syndicated radio show this morning I had a caller from Las Vegas. I had been discussing the fallout from Senator Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and how his comments, while controversial, aren’t necessarily surprising. I was referencing Wright’s sermon where he speaks of three strikes laws, drugs in the inner cities, and more young black men in prison than in college and asks, “God bless America? No, God damn America…”
My caller took great offense to that and ranted about how Obama belonged to this “racist church” for twenty years, and I let him ramble a bit before I asked him about the truth of the disproportionate impact of the drug war on racial minorities. He then called Wright’s claim about the CIA inventing crack to take down the inner city “bogus” and told me I was believing lies… and that’s where I let him have it. I try not to be one of those talk radio hosts who shouts over his callers, but whenever I think of poor Gary Webb’s “suicide” after he exposed the connection between the CIA turning a blind eye to and at times assisting the trafficking of cocaine to the inner cities in order to fund black budget illegal wars in Central America, I get a bit upset. Especially when I’ve seen the interviews with the former CIA officers who acknowledged they did just that (well, they didn’t “invent” crack; that’s just CIA-funneled-supply meeting street-level-demand in the form of a few entrepreneurs with some rudimentary chemistry skills).
If you’d like to hear the show, it will be posted Sunday night to my website, RadicalRuss.net; just click on the speaker in the yellow box. The caller in question hits at about the 42:00 mark.