Obama's Former Pastor Takes On Accusations That He's Divisive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

His sermons have rallied some and offended others. But Reverend Jeremiah Wright says his critics get it wrong when they call him divisive and polarizing.

Barack Obama's former pastor told an NAACP dinner last night he prefers the word "descriptive." And he got a standing ovation after his speech before a crowd of 10,000 in Detroit.

Obama distanced himself from Wright after the minister's criticism of America's racial history and government policies got wide play on television and the Internet.

The retiring minister became an issue in the presidential race in March after the circulation of videos of old sermons in which he accused the U.S. government of racism and accused it of flooding black neighborhoods with drugs.

Wright told the crowd last night that he's "not a politician" and that he's "been running for Jesus a long, long time."

He's scheduled to speak at the National Press Club in Washington Monday.

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