"Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:
Commitment to God
Commitment to the Black Community
Commitment to the Black Family
Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System."
Commitment to the white community
Commitement to the white family
Adherence to the white work ethic
Disavowel of the pursuit of "Middleclassness" (this one deserves separate comment)
Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community
Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
Pledge allegience to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.
If there were such a church that embraced the "white" values above, this church would be called what? Come on, now, the word begins with an "R"... rrrr aaaa cist. Very good. You've got it. Racist.
Now, let's suppose a white presidential candidate belonged to this church that happened to espouse "white" values as above, what would this white presidential candidate be labelled, especially by the national media, and perhaps rightfully so? Right again. Racist.
So, someone needs to explain to me why Mr. Obama gets a pass on this.
The following concept deserves special consideration:
"Disavowal of the pursuit of "Middleclassness."
What do you suppose might be meant by this statement? Most of America is comprised of the middle class. Are they avowing pursuit of the "lowerclassness?" I doubt it. How about pursuit of "upperclassness?" Doesn't sound right. How about the pursuit of "classlessness." I think we're on to something now. Yes, that's it. The pursuit of a classless society, sort of like, err "socialism", or perhaps (bites lip) "communism". That's certainly classless. Lest you suggest they are simply trying to teach the traditional Christian teaching of refraining from chasing after riches, why wouldn't they just say that...unless they have a radical or revolutionary socio-political agenda. Just food for thought.