Barack Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright built his Chicago church on black liberation theology, which directs Christianity at African Americans, Kelefa Sanneh writes in the New Yorker. The movement’s founder aimed to “emancipate the gospel from its ‘whiteness,’” but also from Frederick Douglass’ belief that antebellum America had profoundly perverted Christianity.
In a profile of Trinity United's “rebel preacher," Sanneh touches on Wright's time in the political spotlight. "The hints of modern-day crucifixion may have been, in part, Holy Week hyperbole," Sanneh writes. "But there’s no denying the intensity of the media barrage. In a bipartisan display of umbrage, commentators on television and online have largely agreed that Wright is nutty, or insane, or worse."