Nov 1, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Longtime African-American civil rights advocate Rev. Joseph Lowery told The Daily Caller that he was joking when he told a get-out-the-vote event that all whites will go to hell.
“It was a joke” that was supposed to show the perspective of a young militant, Lowery told TheDC. “When I said it, I said it was a joke, I identified it as a joke.”
However, attendees at the African-American event Oct. 27 were reportedly horrified.
An Oct. 31 article in the Monroe County Reporter newspaper reports that Lowery, who gave the benediction at the January 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, told the audience of up to 300 African-Americans “that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.”
Lowery’s aide described the Oct. 27 statement as a reaction to bias against Obama: “He was saying [that] based on all of the hatred that’s going on” towards the president, Helen Butler, the executive director of Lowery’s Georgia-based Coalition for the People’s Agenda, told TheDC.
“He just felt that he should feel the way he used to feel,” Butler, who attended the rally, explained.
The speech, she said, was also intended to boost turnout in the presidential election.
Obama and his political allies are relying on high minority turnout to counter a sharp drop-off in support among mainstream white voters.