Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama's Black Liberation Theology

A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece on black racism, mostly for my own edification. I realized that I harbored no small amount of anger at the double standards embraced by the certain sects of black society that claim "white" America is to blame for all their societal ills--never mind the abandonment of traditional values by the black male or the fact that approximately 70% of black children are born to unwed mothers. Black "victimhood" is firmly established in the American psyche.

Black teens constitute 27% of the total number of dropouts in grades 10-12, although blacks represent only 14% of enrollment. According to Human Rights Watch, blacks account for only 13% of the US population, but comprise 49% of those incarcerated. One in ten black males between 20 and 30 years of age is in prison or jail.

To hear Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, or Barack Hussein Obama's preacher tell it, this is, of course, the fault of the "white system," and is not due to any breakdown in morality or the nuclear family. The fact that rap music or "gangsta rap," which celebrates lawlessness, demeans women, promotes disrespect of the law and law enforcement, and encourages drunkenness, pervades a society that mere decades ago was appalled at Elvis's gyrations is largely irrelevant, according to black liberation theology. Besides, gangsta rap is the white man's invention, right?

You might be wondering how this ties in to black racism. If you do your research on black liberation theology, as developed by the illustrious and angry Mr. James Cone, espoused by Obama's pastor the right Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and studied by Barack Obama for 20 years (he did say that Wright was his spiritual advisor) you would know that (a) no black man living in America can escape black hatred (defined as the black man's strong aversion to white society); (b) while blacks do hate whites, this hatred is not racism (based upon a bizzare explanation that blacks do not seek to establish domination over whites because of a belief in black superiority); and (c) all white men are responsible for white oppression.

Barack Obama chose as his mentor a man who teaches his flock that the way to solve the problems facing black society is to demand penance from whites--to mandate reparations. Barack Obama chose a mentor who teaches that unless white America "responds positively" to the theory of black liberation, in order to liberate blacks from the social, economic, political and religious oppression of the white man, "a bloody, protracted civil war is inevitable." That would be a race war, boys and girls. If that isn't racism, I don't know what is.

Jeremiah Wright promulgates a faith that believes intrinsically that white oppression is constant, pervasive, and undeniable. Wright believes, as does Obama, that in order for blacks to be liberated from that oppression, they must correct the "maldistribution" of wealth and establish "economic parity."

Sound familiar? It sounds familiar to Joe the Plumber. It sounds familiar to anyone who has listened to Barack Obama's speeches. And it was familiar to Karl Marx.

"Black theology cannot accept a view of God which does not represent God as being for oppressed blacks and thus against white oppressors. Living in a world of white oppressors, blacks have no time for a neutral God. The brutalities are too great and the pain too severe, and this means we must know where God is and what God is doing in the revolution. There is no use for a God who loves white oppressors the same as oppressed blacks. We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power, which is the power of blacks to destroy their oppressors, here and now, by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject God's love." James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, (Philadelphia: J. P. Lippencott, 1970), p. 70

"If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy." (James H. Cone, Black Theology and Black Power (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997)

"My faith is not necessarily a traditional faith..." (Barack Hussein Obama, Interview 1995)

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon, April 2003)

"[Jeremiah Wright] is my pastor, and he is a wonderful man...the sense of liberation that is embodied in the African American, in the historicaly African American really something that moves me deeply and I think is probably the main pillar around which a lot of inner city communities are going to be built, and Reverend Wright...represents the best of what the black church has to offer." (Barack Hussein Obama, Interview 1995)

“Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!…We [in the U.S.] believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God.” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon)

" The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied." (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon, September 2001)

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because of stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own backyard. America's chickens are coming home to roost.” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon, September 2001)

"We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair." (Barack Obama, Chicago Hyde Park Herald, September 19, 2001)

"We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad," he wrote. "We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent." (Barack Obama, Chicago Hyde Park Herald, September 19, 2001)

“We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional killers. … We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. … We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. … We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means. And … And … And! God! Has got! To be sick! Of this shit!” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon)

"To say “I am a Christian” is not enough. Why? Because the Christianity of the slaveholder is not the Christianity of the slave. The God to whom the slaveholders pray as they ride on the decks of the slave ship is not the God to whom the enslaved are praying as they ride beneath the decks on that slave ship." (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon)

"My faith is not necessarily a traditional faith..." (Barack Hussein Obama, Interview 1995)

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