Monday, March 17, 2008

Being Black, Living Christian: Clearly Obama

Two article regarding Bishop Jeremiah Wright and Obama's response to the controversy cause me pause.
Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he's been my pastor. -Senator Obama.
I appreciated his response, but as I read comments and have listened to my white Sunday School friends(who are all Republican mind you), I'm sad to say that without Jesus I don't think black people will ever be treated equal anywhere, especially in an American church. Thank God for Christ.

He doesn't judge us, require us to disavow our heritage, ask us to leave the black church, to act as if the way we have been treated daily doesn't matter, nor does he chide us for venting about it sometime. He listens, he corrects, he comforts.

I need comfort this morning, because as a black progressive there are some issues I want answer to instead of more nice nasty politicking. I want to talk about:

  1. Why so many of my cousins(mainly Marines) are still in Afghanistan, when clearly we aren't trying to find Bin Laden, when clearly when they return they can't get a job, because of their skin color?
  2. Clayton County school system in Atlanta, and whether there troubles is another way to disenfranchise urban schools?
  3. Christian publishing and why we don't have an African-American imprint yet, clearly this genre makes money, so what's the problem?
  4. Why after seven years did Legs Mason(formerly Smith Barney) return my Coverdell account holdings for my daughter's college fund? Middle class people can't save for college anymore?
  5. Why is Grady Hospital becoming privatized?
  6. Why is everything American made in China?
  7. And why do eggs, gas and milk cost so dadgum much?
  8. Why aren't the media(or Clinton pr people) not jumping on the McCain/John Hagee issue? Unless they, too believe that God brought Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, because the town was mostly black--I mean mostly bad?
  9. Why are so many people undergoing foreclosure and living in campgrounds?
  10. And here can I get that teacake? I love teacakes!!
Photo courtesy of Mary Wells.

2 comments:

shane magee said...

the questions you raise are really important ones. i think these are exciting times for the usa and, as a consequence, the world. there is the chance of the first black president or the first female president, leading the only superpower presently in existence - powerful statement either way. also it is encouraging to watch as an outsider and see the evangelical church in the usa question its historical tie with right wing politics. the discussion over what 'god's politics' actually are has got to be a healthy move in the right direction, which , at the very least, encourages debate and diversity, rather than hegemony and a castrated and insipid cookie-cutter christianity.

keep asking the awkward questions!!

peace

shane

Brandon Satrom said...

Dee,

I love this post and I love your questions, some of which I've also found myself asking as a Christian and an Obama supporter. I truly hope that we can answer them together as a single body of Americans of all races and political preferences...

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