Racism, Obama Style

He belongs to a racist organization.

Mr. Obama is far too smart to get specific about all the changes he wants to make and the media won't push him, so we're left guessing.  One way to understand his views is to look at the people he hangs out with.

Contrary to rumors floated by the Clinton campaign, there is no evidence that Sen. Obama is a Muslim, or has ever been in his adult life. In fact, Mr. Obama has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 West 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois, for decades.

His church has a well-constructed web site which tells us how his church thinks.  The "About Us" tab goes to a page which says:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community. [emphasis added]

How can a Christian congregation describe itself as Black?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with an individual black person being "Unashamedly Black" and it's commendable for a congregation to be "Unapologetically Christian." Combine the two, though, and you have a problem.

Mr. Obama may not realize it, but based on what the word "Christian" means, it's not possible for a congregation to be both "Unashamedly Black" and "Unapologetically Christian" as the web site claims. A church can't have a "Black worship service" and be "Unashamedly Christian" at the same time.

This is because Jesus was unapologetically inclusive. He caught flak for hanging around with people whom the upper crust thought of as the dregs of society. The Gospel of John, chapter 4 tells how Jesus had a conversation with a "woman of Samaria." The Jews and Samaritans got along about as well as the Israelis and Palestinians get along today; we have no way of knowing whether they'd have been as violent with each other because the Roman Army kept the peace.

In the Gospel of Luke 6:46, Jesus made it clear that if anyone wanted to follow Him, they had to do as He said. He asked, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Anyone who is a Christian, which is defined as someone who follows Christ, does as Christ commands - or, at least, is supposed to.

The Apostle Paul reaffirmed Jesus' condemnation of racism when he wrote, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). Paul confirmed, emphasized, and repeated Jesus' teaching against racism. Paul also pointed out (gasp) that Jesus taught that women are part of Jesus' church in the same way that men are.

Sen. Obama's church defines its congregation, that is, its membership, as "Unashamedly Black" and conducts a "Black worship service." That's racism, pure and simple. It's not Christianity.  Christianity as Christ defined it is inclusive.

Churches with Black members need not be racist

Just because a church has mostly black, or even entirely black, membership doesn't mean that it has to be a racist organization. My family and I were the only whites who attended a church near a large city. Although the church members thought we had a lot to learn because they knew so many things we didn't know, the differences turned out to be matters of culture and not matters of Christianity.

They opened their hearts to us and showed us the same love that Christ had showed them. We had interesting discussions which led to insights about the racism of stupidity. They knew a lot more about relating to the government than I did; their stories helped me understand how the Confucian cycle was playing out. Their spiritual support during a crisis meant so much to me that I asked for, and got, permission to thank the entire congregation from the pulpit.

These black people were not racist, not in the least. They had suffered wrongs, but had not let their wrongs embitter them. They showed the love of Christ; they engaged in inclusive Christian worship, not "Black" worship.

Churches with black members can be American

The "Ministries" tab on Sen. Obama's church's website speaks of an "Africa Ministry" which involves church members in eduction and missionary projects in Africa. Doing missions work overseas follows one of Jesus' commands, but as Sen. Obama's church describes their congregation, "We are an African people, and remain 'true to our native land,' the mother continent, the cradle of civilization."

It's pretty harmless when American citizens claim to be African; that probably won't hurt anything but feelings.

It's disturbing when they claim that the church members "remain 'true to our native land,'" meaning Africa. Are they more loyal to Africa than to the United States? Dictionary.com defines "treason" as "a violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state." If the membership of Sen. Obama's church are in fact "true to our native land [of Africa]," they're violating their allegiance to America which is treason, by definition.

It gets scary when one of the members of a church of "African people" has a good shot at becoming President of the United States. Sen Obama is a member of a racist organization which states publicly that the members of their congregation remain true to another land.

He's been a member in good standing for decades, he's demonstrated his loyalty to his church and to what they stand for. How can he be President of all our people if he's true to some other land? Would he be our first African president?

Africa is a continent, not a land

The ancestors of most of the members of Mr. Obama's church may have come from Africa as the ancestors of members of other Chicago churches came from Europe, but that does not make them African any more than having ancestors from Europe makes someone European. Anthropologists believe that humanity originated in Africa and that all people came from Africa. By that standard, we're all African just as we're all human.

Africa is a huge continent whose languages, customs, laws, tribes, and cultures vary perhaps more than anywhere else in the world.  We've written about the difficulties of uniting diverse people into a nation.

One reason there's so much conflict in Africa is that there's more diversity there than in most other places. Think of the cultural differences across America, from Nome, Alaska, to Chicago, to San Francisco, to New York, to Miami - that diversity stew is nothing compared to the diversity in Africa. How can anyone be loyal to that much diversity?  How can they have a serious "Africa Ministry" which educates church members about Africa without finding that out?

More racism

Mr. Obama's pastor, who by definition is his spiritual leader, has praised Louis Farrakhan, who's a racist, and the church's "About Us" page states that the church is a racist organization.

We have no reason to believe that Mr. Obama is personally a racist in any way, but it appears that a life spent steeped in liberalism and political correctness has blinded him to the explicit racism he encounters every Sunday. If being "post racial" means he can't even see blatant racism, this change may not be for the better.

Sen. Trent Lott, a high-ranking white Repubican, was criticized for belonging to a private "whites only" organization; he resigned.

Does Sen. Obama plan to resign from his church? Or will he carry his church's loyalty to "Africa" and his church's racism into the White House?

Will Offensicht is a staff writer for Scragged.com and an internationally published author by a different name.  Read other Scragged.com articles by Will Offensicht or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments
Hmm, a few good points here, but it seems to me like you guys have really been getting into the nitpicking business lately. Oh well, at least some of it's interesting.
March 9, 2008 4:11 AM
The Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the "Black Value System" written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee. These concepts are endorsed by all members of the TUCC. here's the website: http://www.tucc.org/black_value_system.html
Replace black with Aryan, and it makes it that much more frightening.
March 9, 2008 4:30 PM
When Huckabee was running, his religious beliefs were a major, if not THE major issue with him. Likewise Romney. Why, then, should not the beliefs of Obama's church be a valid area of investigation? Particularly in the area of racism, since Obama's #1 qualification is his stature as a "post-racial" candidate. This is not necessarily a disqualifying issue, but it seems certainly pertinent for thinking about, and relevant for making wise voting judgments.
March 10, 2008 9:59 AM
I could not agree with Patience more. Like everything else, the Democrats are seething with anger when people talk about the affiliations of their candidates but THEY DO THE EXACT SAME THING when it comes to ANYONE on our side of the aisle. Great article.
March 11, 2008 5:54 PM
Let me start with the fact that I'm an African-American, Indian, Euro individual, but most would consider me African-American. I consider this article very clear and hits the point very well about how race and religion shouldn't mix. But as with many issues there is a tendency to look at things with the risk of being somewhat narrow minded. The fact that the Trinity United Church of Christ has a history of being exclusively "black only" does not mean that they are inherently racist even though I agree with the article's point. My reason for this point of view comes from life experience and an understanding of history. This church and other similar "black only" based groups was birthed in an era where some blacks had no choice but to make their group "black only" due to historical accounts of the "many white only" based groups, organizations & churches that permeated the US in the past, some still existing today. Not to mention the "automatic mentality" of distrusting white people after being lied to or mislead so many times and being racially conclusive. This has developed to what can be considered a natural cohesion of "brotherhood and sisterhood" amongst black people, because most of the time all we had was ourselves to depend on for leadership, spirituality, culture and education despite the "many efforts" to destroy that environment. Unfortunately there were "racist black only" based organizations which developed as a result due to an extreme intolerance for the actions of racist whites, open or closeted. So the main thing to understand is that WE had to uplift ourselves and tell ourselves that we were wonderful like everyone else when others had subpar opinions of us, we had to congratulate ourselves when no one else would. We live in a time now where you don't see much of the problems previously stated and that's better than no progress at all. But as far as Barack Obama is concerned I seriously believe he's "above" being a racist and is standing in a golden opportunity to represent black people in a positive light rarely seen (mentally accepted) by white people. My hope is that all white people come to "understand" our need to look after ourselves culturally as some white people have in a positive light, and as you can see there are organizations which welcome all races. It has taken a lot of work to get this far and I seriously hope that the rest of America develops an unbiased and intelligent mind about this.

March 15, 2008 2:44 AM
I reject the idea that a church that welcomes all races could be called racist because they embrace Black pride. Lets give this another perspective by substituting one word:
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Irish and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Irish religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an Irish people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Irish worship service and ministries which address the Irish Community. [emphasis added]

March 15, 2008 11:42 PM
Sounds like a good description of the Orange Irish Ulstermen - and we know what that's led to. Is that what we want here?
March 16, 2008 7:53 AM
Ireland is the mother continent, the cradle of civilization?? Come on now, be honest... Were you drunk when you wrote that?
March 16, 2008 10:31 AM
All the comments before and after this one will not change the damage done to Senator Obama and his campaign to become the first black President of the United States of America.

I believe he had a once in a lifetime opportunity to become our President, because America is extremely ready for CHANGE.

Problem is the Senator has allowed himself to become embroiled in his 20+ years association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., former Pastor of TUCC. There is much too much more than sitting in a pew with his wife, Michelle and two daughters listening to unadulterated Racism.

Major Garrett of FNS, "asked Obama if he had ever heard Wright's preach
Racism" [March 15, 2008]; Obama said, "No, he had not heard Wright make racist remarks until five months ago when the media released the video tapes". [October 2007]

Now all we need is an investigative reporter who can produce just one video during the twenty year span and prove Obama and Michelle heard their great preacher spew his venomous hatred of America, whites and Jews before October 2007. PROOF! Jim Davis, freelance reporter for Newsmax was in Obama's church.

March 17, 2008 3:08 PM
Even John McCain has stated that he knows that Senator Obama does not believe in the sound bites of Reverend Wright so carefully selected and crafted from 20 years of sermons onto a brief audiotape.
"We are the change we have been waiting for," and we will refuse to buy into false allegations, and take Obama to the White House regardless of the smear attempts by his opponent, the media and the racists in this country.
March 17, 2008 4:28 PM
The media have destroyed white politicians for being associated with "whites only" groups who show far less racism than Mr. obama's church shows. Why isn't he held to the same standard? They cut him slack because he's black.
March 17, 2008 4:39 PM
Obama's church welcomes all races and faiths. The media has played out the Ferraro, Wright racism news to the max, how could anyone say that they are cutting Obama slack?
Senator Obama prevails because those who would destroy him cannot find anything of substance to destroy him with. He is genuine, he conducts himself and his campaign with honesty, intelligence, integrity, honor, and dignity.
March 17, 2008 5:15 PM

You didn't get the memo. Apparently now being black is an advantage! Go out there and apply for the CEO job, your almost guarantee to get it! ****sarcasm***

March 17, 2008 8:23 PM

I resent the implication you are making. You said "Now being black is an advantage." When WASN'T it? That statement shows everyone an open window into your soul and exposes your subconscious feelings about blacks.


The problem with Mr. Obama is that he listened to Pastor Wright's filth for decades and never had a problem before. He never spoke up. He never even left the church. That demonstrates a very real problem to me. Not something made up at all.
March 17, 2008 8:58 PM
umhh!! I am black and I live in a community that is majority white. I can not tell you one instance in my 35 years where I have experienced and advantage over my white friends except maybe when I go to buy some weed! Obviously you know nothing about being black. That is why you see things the way you do!!!
March 17, 2008 11:08 PM

I am not Black.

March 17, 2008 11:44 PM
My bad! I wasn't assuming you were I just worded my comment wrong!
March 18, 2008 12:49 AM
Wake up America and smell the bunkum. Obama won't disown Wright bcos he agrees with him. Wright's let the cat out of the bag.

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March 20, 2008 3:32 AM
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