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Fabrizio makes good use of the phrase “chickens have come home to roost” by reversing its original meaning and also Wright’s intent. She points out that the terrorists attacked on 9/11 because the U.S. is promoting good values in the world, values that they oppose.
It is worth mentioning, however, an obvious point I have not noticed being mentioned by the media. This phrase, as Wright surely knew, had been used by Malcolm X (sound familiar?) when JFK was assassinated. And Malcolm X added: “Chickens coming home to roost never made me sad. It only made me glad.” It was too much even for Elijah Muhammad, who banned him from public speaking for 90 days.
The sentiments of Malcolm X resembled those of Vietnam’s First Lady who seemed to assert that JFK earned his assassination by what he did to the Diem brothers. She meant: live by the sword, die by the sword; and she and Malcolm X meant: I’m not sad about what happened. What Wright seemed to mean was that the U.S. had earned and provoked the 9/11 terrorist attack by acting with bad values in the world. Bad karma. Inevitable result.
For a similar echo of Malcolm X, there is the Nov-Dec 2001 issue of The Link that included published responses by various authors to 9/11. Edward J. Dillon said of the 9/11 events: “The chickens have come home to roost.” He then also affirmed a street way of saying this about 9/11 that he had heard: “What goes around, comes around.”
Wright likely got carried away by his own performer approach to preaching and by the dramatic effect he knew the awful words of Malcolm X would have as he entertained the people. His style seems to be resemble both Red Foxx and Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson. The preacher as clown.p>Regarding Obama blaming evil on corporations and “the System,” recall that a tendency in the three liberations theologies (black, feminist, and Third World) is to overemphasize sinful social structures. A similar overemphasis on racism, sexism, and classism is promoted by post-modernism. It’s true that a Catholic cardinal emphasized what might be called “social sins” in his recent highlighting of current new sins. But he did not intend to violate the warning by Pope John Paul II that an overemphasis on structures inappropriately denigrates the core of evil: individual sins — whether committed by whites, browns or blacks, by males or females, by rich, middle class, or poor. br> — Richard L.A. Schaefer br> Dubuque, Iowa
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