I've learned this week that there is something called Black Liberation Theology, and that Obama sat under that theology for 20 years. Essentially it replaces Christ and His love and grace extended to ALL with a Christ who extends His love to, and fights only for the cause of, the "oppressed"/"black person", against the "oppressor"/"white enemy", and is primarily concerned with temporal issues here on earth, including righting supposed/perceived social and political injustices, etc., as opposed to a focus on the redemption and love found in Christ which leads to virtuous living, despite the pain and travail of living in a sinful world, and a joyful awaiting of the afterlife where all wrong will be made right. Adherents of Black Liberation Theology make God in their own image, at the expense of the All loving, All Sovereign Creator of the Universe, creating a spirit of divisiveness and marinating themselves in bigotry and hatred.
When his association with this pastor came to light, Obama tried to dance around the issue (by lying and saying he never heard the pastor utter the vile remarks on the tapes), and then when he realized he couldn't dance around it (because it just wasn't believable), he decided to give a "race relations" speech, essentially attempting to turn the tables to deflect the attention away from himself, denouncing his pastor's rantings, yet asking for understanding of his pastor's background and life experiences, that led to those rantings. And then after throwing his white granny under the bus by revealing that she feared young black men whom she didn't know that passed her on the street (even Jesse Jackson admitted as much), trying to draw a comparison between granny's admission of fear, to Rev. Wright's hateful lunatic ravings, he then trys to mitigate his dissing of granny by saying he didn't mean to imply that she was a racist, that she was just a "typical white person" conditioned to feel that way. Can you imagine the outcry if a white person made such a statement about a black person, saying that he or she is just a "typical black person" conditioned a certain way?
Give me a break. This guy only needs to look in the mirror to see racism, and he isn't qualified to preach to anyone about it. Many of us are sick of the double standards and hypocrisy, the perpetual victim mentality, the absolute blindness to and lack of gratitude for the privileges made available in our society, often at the expense of fairness to non-minorities in the process, in a seemingly useless and misguided attempt to make reperations for slavery.
Slavery was not unique to America, it was virtually a universal practice. But I doubt many countries have done as much as America has done to attempt to right the wrongs of it. Will we ever hear any gratitude for these privileges, any appreciation that great strides have been made in our society for the attempted equalization of opportunities, and for the onging attempts to improve conditions, misguided though they seem to be? That would be refreshing.