As a white man, it does amaze me how easily we whites get uncomfortable around a paradigm or viewpoint we cannot fathom or be a part of. Then we go one step further, out of racism, or guilt or both we deny that that person is allowed to feel, view, think that way.
We may excuse/ignore Robertson, Falwell, Hagee and the rest because we understand their context--but with Wright we (as a socio-group) seemed to just plain "get skered"--and truth be told, that is why a lot of this race issue is getting played--whites are fine getting along and being "equal" just as long as you agree with us. Stay in your place and we can all be happy together---Let me tell you, I am amazed at the patience and virtue of the African-American community when it comes to dealing with this country. They vote in higher numbers, repeatedly get put down, told to wait, mislabeled and denigrated--and yet they don't burn down our white owned businesses, bomb governmental facilities, or really make us feel what life would be like without their participation in our democracy. Americans are VERY lucky our largest historic minority is so dedicated to freedom and being proud to be an American--if not, we'd really see some trouble.
EX: Northern Ireland, Middle East, India, Tibet anyone?