Wright Received Death Threats

Controversial pastor returns to public eye as critical primary looms for Obama
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 9:39 AM CDT
Bill Moyers, left, interviews Rev. Jeremiah Wright in his first television interview with a journalist since he became embroiled in a controversy.   (AP Photo/PBS, Robin Holland)
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(Newser) – Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose controversial rants scuttled Barack Obama's "post-racial" campaign, reemerged in the headlines yesterday just ahead of the Dems' primary showdown on May 6. Asked by PBS' Bill Moyers if he’d received death threats, Wright says: “Yes, and bomb threats at the church. People (are) telling us how they are going to wipe us off the face of the Earth in the name of Jesus.”

It was Wright's first interview since he became embroiled in controversy, reports the Guardian, and he has two more scheduled this week. Experts say his reemergence will hurt Obama’s campaign. Earlier video of Wright saying “Not God bless America, God damn America” forced Obama to deliver a speech on race meant to settle the issue. Race has instead played a mounting role.