Just What Is 'Black Liberation Theology'?

As Jeremiah Wright's church website puts it, "the vision statement of Trinity United Church of Christ is based upon the systematized liberation theology that started in 1969 with the publication of Dr. James Cone’s book, Black Power and Black Theology," wherein Cone stated:

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.

Just substitute the word 'white' for 'black', and you have a founding statement worthy of the Ku Klux Klan.

Update: Well how about this. Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, received a letter from Barack Obama senior's father in Kenya stating that he "didn't want the Obama blood sullied by a white woman." Poor Barack, jr. had it thrown at him from all directions, didn't he.

1 comment:

Derek Rogers said...

do you know which page of Cone's book this quote is from?