Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness

Barack Obama has had quite a lot to say about the middle class lately. But it seems that it is an anathema to him and other members of his church to be middle class. JC


By Erik Rush

How many Americans would vote for a presidential candidate who was the member of a church that professed the following credo?

Commitment to God
Commitment to the White Community
Commitment to the White Family
Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
Adherence to the White Work Ethic
Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community
Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System

Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.The question is rhetorical, of course. The answer is that such a candidate wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected dog catcher (apologies to America's animal rescue and public safety personnel) let alone President, because that candidate would be instantly branded a racist, among the most vile and frightening of white supremacists.

And those holding the branding irons would be 100% right.

Yet, in the "About" section of the U.S. Senate website for Barack Obama, Democratic senator from Illinois and contender for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, it states that Obama and his family "live on Chicago's South Side where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ."So...?

Well, to say that the Trinity United Church of Christ ( is afrocentric in the extreme would be a gross understatement. It's not simply afrocentric, it's African-centric. In fact, one could argue that this organization worships things African to a far greater degree than they do Christ, and gives the impression of being a separatist "church" in the same vein as do certain supremacist "white brethren" churches — or even Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam.

Shocking? An overstatement? An overreaction?One can see for oneself on the Trinity United Church website, which is replete with confirmation of what I present here. What follows is an excerpt from their Mission Statement:"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."Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

Commitment to God
Commitment to the Black Community
Commitment to the Black Family
Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System."

Sound familiar? Of course it is, since it's identical to the 12-point list at the beginning of this column — the one from the theoretical white supremacist candidate's church; the only difference is the substitution of the word "Black" for "White."Trinity United Church of Christ's congregation also claims to hold to a "10-point Vision" which is similarly afrocentric, or if you will, separatist.

Again, like the Nation of Islam, a white separatist church or the Branch Davidians, Trinity United more resembles a cult than a church. Only this one has as one of its most prominent members a serious contender for the White House.

And George W. Bush's born-again Christian status scares people?

These revelations, of course shed all the light we need on Obama's inscrutability; since before he announced his candidacy, both the Right and Left have commented on the lack of information vis-à-vis just who Barack Obama is and what he's about.From The Chicago Tribune, February 06, 2007, Column: Against Middleclassness? by Rich Lowry. "Vallmer Jordan, a church member who helped draft the precepts, said they were designed to empower the black community and counter a value system imposed by whites. 'The big question mark was racism,' he said. 'Black disempowerment was an integral part of that historical value system. It became increasingly apparent to me that we black people had not developed our own value system . . . to help us overcome all we knew we had to battle.'"

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Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work on the whole "Meet the Real Sarah Palin".

Reading this entry already makes me feel like I know her personally.

Stephen said...

ditto to that. what a joke

Anonymous said...

wow 2 comments in 14 hours. guess no one cares

Maline said...

Hmm, I plugged in Latino, Jewish, Catholic, Korean, Polish, African and Gay and it only sounded racist with White. Probably because the rest are real groups that are trying to build and maintain communities in a mostly white country. White just doesn't define a community, so in the same context it sounds racist, while Black tends to be used interchangeably with African. If you actually read their page it is not objectionable, especially in the context of the problems that have plagued the Black community. It looks like they are struggling to solve the problems in their community and have organized this value system to aid in addressing them.

John said...

Cheers. Someone finally does the research. I call it "PHD'n it" Obama knows how he came to power. Strong parenting, education, work. Rather then really helping anyone he is selling the old elixr of "something for nothing" redistribution. Pretty obvious he is Not wanting to help but personal gain power. Do do as I did and make millions per year, NO better than that....let me give a couple of thousand dollars and leave your ass and in the dirt, dumb and lost and still frustrated.

Our list unoffical requirments to be President used to very long. Now pretty simple:

1. Law Degree
2. Candy
3. Good Voice
Law Degree let’s you get away with anything you want and enhancing debating abiltiy
Candy well everybody loves candy,
Good voice, well that is the key… “He just sounds really smart and calm I feel good just listening. I don’t know why everybody is so scared.”
PS I listened to his book on mp3. The sound is good but the man is lost and clearly acknowledges not having a common experience with black America. He even says I sometimes wished I grow in the gettos to share a real and common bond. I don't think the folks that grew up in the gettos share his romatic view. He was raised all over the place that's why he doesn't have any common history. He rarely mentions his sister... There is your chance for a common bond and history... Nope.. I believe some people catch all their fish off the pier(home where they were raised), some dive off the pier and catch fish then return to the pier, some dive off the pier and swim to another pier to catch fish, others dive off the pier don't know why they dove off and are frustrated in the abiss for life. Obama is in the abiss and many are diving in right behind him. Obama note to self be careful what you ask people who trust to do, they will do it.