Unforced Rhythms of Grace said...
Nice words. But the fact remains that the Church he belongs too and the pastor he loves do not identify themselves as american. No..they identfy themselves as Africans. This is from Obama's church: "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." I don't care what he believes...as long as he is honest about it. And he is not. This church is afro-centric and speaks very inflammatory rhetoric against the US and white people. Obaman cannot possibly represent all of americans when his religious and philosophical core is divisive.
March 20, 2008 12:18 PM
Good point, though I wonder how much of this rhetoric is designed to give the congregation a feeling of place and belonging. African Americans have often not been made to feel that they "belonged." They have been treated as "other" by the powerful in America. It seems natural for them to create a feeling of belonging, that those who have rejected them cannot claim.
Were I to have a defining characteristic, that advertised me as of Scottish heritage, and if being of Scottish heritage denied me a place here in America, I might also try to find my place in my parents country of origin. The interesting thing is that African Americans would be just as rejected in Africa as they have been her in America. They would be seen as Ameircans not Africans. It is a difficult place for them to be. I am willing to cut them some slack.
I also do not believe that Barak Obama has any designs on being other than American. He is clearly trying to put forth an agenda that is more healing and lacking in divisiveness, than any other candidate. I believe we need a politician like Obama right now.
March 22, 2008 10:03 AM