Black Liberation Theology and Obama – What’s Behind the Words?


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Obama and Black Liberation Theology

As with nearly everything else, Obama has been given a free pass on his associations and what they might mean to America – with him in the White House.  He freely admits sitting in the pews of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church for more than 16 years, but somehow claims to have missed the Pastor’s most hateful, America bashing sermons.  While the odds against that claim being true are statistically astronomical, perhaps the even bigger point here, is the influence of James H. Cone on Wright’s day-to-day operation of the church.

Says Brad O’Leary, author of The Audacity of Deceit, “Wright denounces ‘Colored Preachers’ who don’t subscribe to Black Liberation Theology (of James H. Cone) as people who:”

“…hate themselves, who hate black people, who desperately want to be white and who write and say stupid things in public to make ‘Masa’ feel safer.”

Obama – attributing the words to the character “Rafiq,” tells us in Dreams from My Father, that:

“…they [blacks with whom Obama was working] spend half they lives worrying about what white folks think.  Start blaming themselves for the shit they see every day, thinking they can’t do no better till the white man decides they all right.”[i]

The person credited with this statement was reportedly explaining to Obama how he would be dead if not for Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

James H. Cone, on whose Black Liberation Theology, Wright’s church was based,  is credited with statements such as:

“While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism.”[i]

But, it is Obama himself who makes perhaps the most revealing and frightening statement of all:

“I wondered whether…a black politics that suppressed rage toward whites generally, or one that failed to elevate race loyalty above all else, was a politics inadequate to the task.”[i]

Apparently, Obama did take away something of Jeremiah Wright and James H. Cone during thos 832+ Sundays he spent listening to Wright’s less offensive sermons.


[i] Ibid,199


[i] James H. Cone, Black Theology and Black Power, (New York, 1997, Harper & Row), 15

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Barack Obama, Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, 1st pbk Edition, (New York, 2004, Three Rivers Press), 197

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