Common Defends Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Andrew Barber 0 is reporting that Common has come to the aide of his recently embattled longtime Reverend, Chicago’s Jeremiah Wright. Common, who grew up a member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, where the retired Reverend spent most of his career, feels Wright was misinterpreted:

“He never really was against white people or another race. It was more against an establishment that was oppressing people. I think we all can see that this country has problems and a lot of it starts in the political system,” Common, 36, explained to EUR’s Lee Bailey and other reporters at a recent press junket for his new film, “Street Kings.”

Common’s memories of Rev. Wright go back to when he was eight years old and he credits Wright’s Christian teachings with helping to make him the man he is today. According to the rapper, Jeremiah Wright uses the Gospel of Jesus Christ to uplift the soul and to point out the hypocrisy of a government that has caused much harm here in America and around the world.

Common later adds:

“He’s been a preacher that’s helped raise one of the greatest political figures in the world and, hopefully, the next President,” Common declares. Then, with a laugh, he adds, “He’s also raised one of the great rappers in the world!”

Spotted via No ID over at NVT