Barack Obama & Reverend Wright – Why it Matters

Let’s look at the facts.  Obama called Wright his mentor.  He attended Wright’s church for 20 years.  He named his book, The Audacity of Hope, after one of Wright’s sermons.  Jeremiah Wright was a major force in the development of the man Barack Obama has become.  Why is any of this an issue?  To answer that question, we have to look at who Jeremiah Wright is.  What does he believe, what does he stand for, what does he teach?

Wright was interviewed on the Hannity & Colmes show in March 2007.  In that interview, Wright said to Hannity, “Let me suggest that you do some reading before you come and talk to me about my field.”  The reading he wants Hannity to do concerns a thing called Black Liberation Theology.  He repeatedly asked, as a counter to anything Hannity asked him, “How many of Cone’s books have you read?”  The Cone in question is James Cone , author of Black Theology and Black Power

Cone stated that Malcolm X was “not far off” when he said, “Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. 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. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”  To James Cone, all White people are responsible for racism and slavery.  It’s every Black man’s responsibility to destroy the White man.  These are the values that Barack Obama grew up with.  Whether or not he wants us to know it, this is what he believes.  How can we make this man our leader?


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