I caught the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's address at the 53rd annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner held by the Detroit chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The speech gave Wright an opportunity to respond to the criticism of him following the YouTube video. Generally I thought the speech was pretty thoughtful and should go at least some way to answering his critics.
What I didn't understand was his contention that he's not political. He was giving a speech about changing America at the NAACP. What could be more political than that? In the end it seems to me that Wright is really prototypically American. He is distrustful of the established political powers, and critical of current and past Administrations policy decisions that have harmed Americans at home and people in other nations. This sounds positively Jeffersonian to me. The rationale for the second amendment is so that citizens can protect themselves against the tyranny of government. Given that this distrust of government is woven into the the DNA of the American political culture, what could be more American that speaking out against the injustices of the government? So in many ways isn't Wright just being stereotypically American?