Probably not the racist preacher you’re thinking of. Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s whereabouts tonight have not been reported. But Rev. Joseph “whites are going to hell” Lowery will be with Obama tonight as we learn the fate of our nation.
Lowery drew international headlines last week for comments he made at a middle Georgia rally in which he said “all white folks were going to hell.” The reaction was so furious that most observers outside the civil rights community believed the episode had rendered him persona non grata.
But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday morning that Lowery, who was among the president’s earliest supporters in the state and delivered the benediction at his 2009 inauguration, would be at the Obama campaign’s election night party in Chicago. A campaign spokeswoman did not respond to a request for confirmation by Tipsheet, however.
Lowery first lied that he never delivered the “whites are going to hell” line, then downplayed it as a joke once it was clear he was caught making a racist statement.
Obama chose Rev. Lowery to deliver the invocation at his inaugural. During that prayer, Lowery prayed for a day “when white will embrace what is right.”