In a memorial service held at a popular, and trendy, downtown Chicago street corner to honor the late Fred Rogers, famed creator and star of the PBS children's TV show, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood", The Greater Chicago Theological Society, sponsor of today's event, had no comment concerning inflammatory remarks about Mr. Rogers made by the Reverand Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ.
Mr. Rogers, known for wearing fuzzy sweaters and exhibiting his naturally loving, and reassuring manner on his TV show with the children was an ordained Presbyterian Minister, who passed in 2003. Today would have been Mr. Rogers' 80th birthday. Rogers, who had frequently appeared as an esteemed guest and speaker for The Greater Chicago Theological Society to raise money for charitable causes, had filmed his show in Chicago in past years many times.
Fourteen area ministers spoke about the kindness and goodness of Mr. Rogers, and his many good deeds on behalf of the children in Chicagoland. Reverand Wright, who spoke next to last, approached the podium, raised both arms to the heavens and Shouted, "God damn Mr. Rogers! God damn the blue eyed devil! Mr. Rogers is just another example of a rich, white man speaking white children's propaganda to black children trying to make the black children think that it is alright to be the white man's victims. That God damn little song he used to sing, "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," is a perfect example of white devil's propaganda. It is never a beautiful day in a black neighborhood. It is often a bad day, and always a dangerous day, and in my neighborhood, Mr. Rogers would lose his God damn hub caps and probably his wheels too. The very fact that show was telecast into black neighborhoods and made available to black children is an abomination. Mr. Rogers never raised a dime for the Trinity United Church of Christ, and he couldn't sing for shit, and I know damn well he couldn't dance, so therefore, brothers and sisters, he could not have been filled with the spirit of the Lord!"
Wright also accused Mr. Rogers of raising funds exclusively for white charities. After Wright's speech, the Chairman of The Greater Chicago Theological Society began to hyperventilate, and was forced to breath into a brown paper bag before adjourning the gathering. It was noted that Senator Barack Obama's Chief Counsel, Elijah Sudat was to have closed the ceremony, but left hurriedly halfway through Reverend Wright's speech. As Sudat sped from the scene in a classic, Cadillac Coup de Ville, The Reverand Larry Miller, of the Evanston Presbyterian Church, noted that Sudat's hubcaps had been stolen.