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Guilty by Association: The Impact of the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright’s Remarks Following 9/11


by Aretha Marbley — February 24, 2009

An African American professor evokes honest discourse on the controversy surrounding the remarks of President Barak Obama’s former pastor, Reverend Wright. She parallels this to the racial divide that emerged between White Americans and African Americans during the trial and acquittal of O. J. Simpson 13 years ago. She uses this controversy and racial differences not to change her students’ opinions of the Rev. Wright’s sermons or their fundamental belief systems, but rather as a chance for both her and her students to grow as a result of it and as a rare opportunity to narrow the racial gap.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15574, Date Accessed: 1/19/2018 4:41:50 AM

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  • Aretha Marbley
    Texas Tech University
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    ARETHA MARBLEY is an Associate Professor and Director of Community Counseling in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University and Regional Six Director and President Elect for the National Association for Multicultural Education. Her research areas in mental health and education are critical multicultural theory, the experiences of communities and people of color, and diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. She is a National Holmes Alumnus scholar whose respect for human diversity is reflected in her work.
 
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