Friday, October 24, 2008

White man's greed and Obama's salvation

(For those tired of my discussion of Barack Obama, take heart the election is only 10 days away.)

Via Gateway Pundit: In a 1995 interview, Barack Obama is critical of white executives" living out in the suburbs who do not want to pay taxes to inner city children for them to go to school" The video demonstrates that his past ideology is still reflected in his current rhetoric.

So if a white suburban executive rejects higher taxes for the purpose of government mandated wealth redistribution, he is a racist? I don't think so. I simply reject socialism. It is my job, not the governments, to help my neighbor - black or white.

Obama also said the following about his salvation,
"my individual salvation is not going to come about without a collective salvation for the country. Unfotunately, I think that recognition requires that we make sacrifices and this country is not always willing to make the sacrifices to bring about a new day and a new age."
Linking one's personal salvation to a "collective salvation" may seem like an odd comment until you understand Black Liberation Theology.

Watch this interview with Black Liberation Theology founder, James Cone as he explains how religion is never completely separated from power. It's worth watching the whole 20 minutes, but in a nutshell "If you are part of the dominant group in this society you are being violent." According to Cone, Clarence Thomas is considered "white" because he has become part of the powerful and not identified with the vicitms in America.

An authentic Christians identity is tied to the victims of lynching and a white Christian's salvation is tied to reparations. (It begins around 10:00)
Interviewer: (Quoting from Cone's book) "Most whites want mercy and forigiveness, but not justice and reparations." How does the cross inform the issue of justice and reparations.

Cone: Well, the cross as I said, is God taking the side of the victim. It is a symbol of that. God making ultimate identification with the powerless. Now, if the powerful in our society, the white people, if they want to become Christians they have to give up that power and become identified with the powerless; if you're gonna to be a Christian. You can't be identified with the powerful and also a Christian at the same time, that's a contradiction of terms. Now, how do I know if you're really identified with the vicitim? Well, if you're identified with the vicitm you not only want to feel good about that, you also have to pay back that which you took. You don't just say please forigive me now. The only way in which your repentance, your forgiveness, can be can be authentic, your reception of it can be authrentic, your repentance can be authentic is that you give back what you took. And white people took a lot from black people.
You can watch the video here.

It becomes easier to understand why Barack Obama, a black man, would seek wealth redistribution as a part of his agenda as President. If he doesn't, like Thomas the ninth "white" justice on the Supreme Court, he's at risk of becoming just another "white" man in the White House.

(Note: Black Liberation Theology is the prominent ideology of the church Obama attended for 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ. I first read about James Cone and this theology through their website.)

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