FOX News has learned that over the last 15 years, Trinity has received at least $15 million in grants from the federal government — in other words, taxpayer money.
Records show this money supported a variety of outreach: everything from low income housing to nutritional programs for needy kids to money for HIV/AIDS education. Wright blames the government for intentionally infecting the African-American community with that deadly virus.
DePaul University journalism professor Laura Washington, who specializes in race and politics, said Wright is a hypocrite for taking money from the government.
“On the one hand, he says, ‘God damn America’ and he says America is responsible for all the ills in the black community. On the other hand, he’s taking money from the same community he’s crucifying,” Washington said.
According to one scholar in Goldblatt's report, Wright isn't being a hypocrite by taking tax dollars from the federal government while condemning it in his sermons. “Wright believes things like the government-funded programs are a necessary compensation for the legacy of white racism, part of what’s necessary to heal the wounds inflicted over four centuries on blacks," said Andrew Walsh. "His niche is even more specialized– he does this sort of work in the context of white denominational mainline Protestantism, which, on the whole has welcomed both him and his message.” Obama's campaign was quick to advise Fox News that he had never worked to secure funding for the church as either a state senator or a U.S. Senator. Obama did, however, work to secure funding for projects run by Father Michael Pfleger, who delivered a racist rant against Sen. Hillary Clinton a little more than a week ago at Trinity United Church of Christ, leading Obama to resign from the church.