Strange Fruit & Black Theology w/ Video
by CardBoard, Sat Mar 15, 2008 at 12:24:29 PM EDT
I got sick watching Anderson Cooper last night. White Folks sat there, because I guess White Folks know better, bashing the Jeremiah Wright. So, I want to take a tour of Black Theology. This Diary is not about Barack Obama. But, Where these comments come from is a long way from the country most of us know. A country that has a 100% batting average from White Male Presidents - and I am White and Male. A country whose memory is short, but hardships are long. So, take a moment... rather your crying righteous indignation against Wright, or a piece of you says maybe his on to something. I mean people on DailyKos and MyDD were condemning Wright on the very same day this diary:
Missing Daughter... and You Can Help!: was on the rec. Heaven knows if Elizabeth Smart goes missing the power-holders in this country would have stepped up, because she looks like them. Who Cares? Its just another Black Girl. Lets have a conversation about what Theology looks like if you are "just another," or not even an other... If people lock their doors rather than open them when your around. Is it such a bad thing if we have a President who knows what it is like? I love Kos and MyDD, I got booted off of RedState for defending Wright, and I think folks at Kos and MyDD are open (if not already well versed in Black Theology)... So, Lets Start:
With Some Billie Holiday, listen to the words,
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
It is from Strange Fruit the Black Theology arises. I was raised in S.E. Texas climbing on the court house "Hanging Tree," where my folks said outlaws were hung. There is a big difference for the kids on the other side of the tracks who called it the "Lynching Tree." God looks a lot different when you need God's help, rather than thinking your doings "God's Work." When your religion is telling you your one thing, and the folks in power are saying another - When;
So From here, meet (or be reintroduced too) James H. Cone the nations most prominent Black Theologian:
Check Out Cone with Bill Moyers
Check Out Cone with Bill Moyers
And Speaking on the "Cross and the Lynching Tree" at Harvard in 2006.
"Cross and the Lynching Tree"
To Be a Theologian and be Black is to be Prophetic. God isn't some idea to be debated and apologized for. God is the drive to speak truth to Power. And, I hear people say that this language is not helpful... Wright shouldn't be saying things "as is." Well, "Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free." Ignoring the facts is a sorry kind of reason. Wright, and a lot of people, whose Brothers were lynched and Sisters were raped have a right to be who they are. They have right to feel pain, and everything that goes with it. And, to all those who say something akin to "Well, I'm not responsible!" Well, it ain't about you. Just because it is something your granddaddy did doesn't mean it should be ignored. Maybe when Kanye West Says:
It is coming from a History a lot different than those in the MSM... A different Language, a different Place... A place we would rather not look at.
But, We have Come so Far? 70 years ago we were laughing at people in Black Face, and turns out we still do!
Not to mention what is eternal to the add!
So, Bill O'Rielly, Lou Dobbs, Anderson Cooper, Sean Hannity and this list of rich white folks on TV goes on in on... Rich White folks running over their self-righteous ego's to bemoan being black in America... And, to make sure they keep up their batting average with PUSA #44.Cross Posted On Kos