?Barack Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright are in hot water. Newspapers and news stations across the world have been reporting on Wright's ?inflammatory rhetoric? (as Obama's campaign is calling it) in 2003 when he called upon his Chicago congregation to reject the hymn ?God Bless America ? and instead shout ?God Damn America.? Wright denounced the United States for historically advocating terrorism for its own purposes, for refusing to offer help to the hopeless, and for oppressing minorities. . . . What is striking, historically, is that there is nothing new in Wright's sermon and how often African American perspectives on so-called American Christian nationalism are ignored.? Column by Edward J. Blum.