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Black Liberation Theology Part 2

March 1, 2009

I told you I’d be back with more! Just as a disclaimer before I start. When I say “black people” or “they” in reference to black people, I am speaking specifically about those who adhere to the principles of Black Liberation Theology, or similar principles. I am fully aware there are plenty of black people in the United States who don’t think this way, and I sincerely want to make sure I don’t offend anyone on this issue. And if you still feel the need to call me a racist after you’re done reading…take a number and get in line.

Here is a quote (undated) from the “father” of Black Liberation Theology, James Cone:

“About thirty years ago it was acceptable to lynch a black man by hanging him from a tree; but today whites destroy him by crowding him into a ghetto and letting filth and despair put the final touches on death.”

Now I’m just wondering, how many black people have you crowded into the ghetto? How many people do you know that have been or are currently in the business of crowding black people into the ghetto?

It’s convenient isn’t it, that they can blame their circumstances on white people? We have become the ultimate excuse. You live in filth? Well it must be a white person’s fault. You have no motivation to change your life? Well it must be a white person’s fault. You make a series of bad choices in your life, making it even harder to remove yourself from a bad situation, and you can just blame it on all the white people keeping you down.

There’s no need to take responsibility for your own life when white people are around, is there? Forget you’re given the same opportunities as everyone else…ignore the fact that you choose not to make any of those opportunities work in your own life.

I mean, with that kind of thinking, where would these black people be without white people? It’s like they NEED us. Because my God, if they didn’t have us, they’d actually have to take ownership of their own lives! So…at the risk of being a bit controversial here…doesn’t it appear they’re voluntarily enslaving themselves with these ideas? That’s right…I said it…these black people are locking themselves up in chains they bought themselves, and they’re throwing the key at white people, cursing them for the bondage they’re in.

Now let me circle back around to the Black Liberation Theology, because I kind of went off on a tangent. Here are three ways they seek to be empowered (For the sake of clarity, I looked up a definition for each):

self-definition – the evaluation by oneself of one’s worth as an individual in distinction from one’s interpersonal or social roles

self-affirmation – what you declare to be true about your own self

self-determination – free choice of one’s own acts or states without external compulsion

Did you notice what I did? SELF. Interesting, considering what they seem mainly interested in is oppression, and the weight of it, and the people doing it to them. Ultimate victims these people are. And victims of this sort aren’t defined by who they really are…they’re defined by what they think everyone else is doing to them. If they aren’t a victim…if there isn’t someone or something out there holding them down, then they are nothing.

So that’s my thought for today – Black Liberation Theology would be nothing without white people.

So…you’re welcome!

~T the D

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  1. The Ripley Porch permalink
    March 1, 2009 1:35 pm

    I believe the truth you will find today….especially if they do the census correctly…is that large metro urban areas have lost their black populations. I think most blacks have given up the inner city concept and moved to small-town areas or outside of the metro urban areas. The whole thought process and issue over “black liberation theology” is becoming null and void.Why? Because the jobs weren’t there. Safety for the family was becoming an issue. And frankly, inner city life just isn’t working.We are entering a period shortly…within ten years…where “the minority” will not be blacks…it’ll be Latinos. Surely, we ought to realize that this changes the whole prospective of future politics. Is there “Latino Liberation Theology”? No…ask yourself why…and then sip some tea to chill off and calm down.

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