Is This Candidate Racist?

One of the top tier presidential candidates is a member of a church with a website. His membership in and support of his church is well known. The church’s website has a mission statement that goes like this:

“We are a congregation which is Unashamedly White and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the White religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are a Caucasian people, and remain “true to our native land” and culture… We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a White worship service and ministries which address the White Community.”

Furthermore, the church has adopted something called the White Value System. It is too long to post here (later in this entry I’ll attach a link), but it includes a commitment to the “White Community”, the “White family”, and the “White work ethic.”

Is this Candidate racist? Think about it for a moment.

Actually, I have edited the church’s mission statement a bit. I have abbreviated it, and I have substituted the words “White” and “Caucasian” for “Black” and “African”. The candidate is Barack Obama, and his church is Trinity United Church of Christ. This is the church’s actual statement, which was on its website today:

“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.”

The Black Value System is described here. It is actually not a bad statement, if it were not racially exclusive, and if it were adopted by a community other than a Christian church, which needs to focus on bringing Christ to all people, not a “value system” to one race of humanity.

I do not believe that Barack Obama is necessarily a racist. However, it is certain that if he were white, and a member of a church which focused its ministry to Whites, that he would be immediately labeled a kook.

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4 thoughts on “Is This Candidate Racist?

  1. I find it interesting how Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is discussed regularly by the mainstream media while Barack Obama’s religious affiliations are given the media pass.

  2. Pingback: Barack Obama’s Pastor Problem « Books, Toys, and Games

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