The recent controversy over comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obamas former pastor in Chicago, is nothing new.
Wrights scorching sermons suggesting a combative Afrocentrism and anti-Americanism were documented in articles going back more than a year.
An article in the Feb. 22, 2007 edition of Rolling Stone Magazine described the Trinity United Church of Christ as a a leftover vision from the Sixties of what a black nationalist future might look like. The article reports on a Sunday sermon given by the Rev. Wright in which he declares that he will recite ten essential facts about the United States : "Fact number one: We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he intones. "Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!"
And it was widely reported a year ago that Obama made a last-minute decision not to have Wright speak when he announced he would run for president.
In an interview with PBSs Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, recorded just before Obamas announcement last year, Wright said he warned the senator that their association could pose political problems , partly because of his history of supporting Palestinian causes.