Black churches withdraw their support of President Obama and the NAACP
The Pastor & The Politician: Which Will Prevail?
As the saga continues to unfold with the president endorsing same-sex marriage, the fall-out also continues to take place. While the NAACP decided to support President Obama’s endorsement, the National Coalition of Black Churches (http://www.naltblackchurch.com/), a 34,000 member organization, decides to withdraw their support from both.
Now, I’ve always said that the Republican Party is not the complete anti-thesis to that of the black community. In fact, in my 7th book “Rebuilding the Black Infrastructure: Making America a Colorless Nation”, I examined some of the causes that throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century Blacks overwhelming support the Democratic Party by default. It’s primarily economics. The Republican Party shares many of the same non-economic virtues as the black community: gun rights, anti-abortion ($50 million abortions since it’s become legal), heterosexual marriages. However, we agree with the Democratic Party’s economic policies: larger government, social programs, job bills, government-sponsored healthcare, increased taxes for the wealthy, etc. As we can see, the economic issues have historically and continually prevailed.
So now what will happen? The federal government has stayed out of many of the virtue issues, where most black voters mostly participate in national election cycles. In doing so, the Democratic Party has been able to dodge the “mass-exodus-of-black-voters” bullet. The federal government has separated church from state, continued to remove the word “God” from government buildings and abolished praying in schools. Yet, we didn’t intelligently create much of an outcry. None of those things the federal government intervened and changed were guaranteed to us or any other group in the Constitution or Bible.
But now… Our president has done something very interesting. He is the very first president to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriages. What will the black community do? I make it no secret. I am not in support of same-sex marriages but I am in support of same-sex unions. I think same sex couples should be granted all of the man-made privileges available to them but my support stops short of the God-made ones.
What has now become very interesting for me to observe is what direction the black community will massively go in. Will we go for the economics or for the virtues? I believe the man that controls your economic source controls you; why I strongly support black entrepreneurship, but hey, that’s another discussion. Why would our president make such a public announcement knowing the black vote will be divided? Why would he do so seeing that just over a year ago Bishop Eddie Long came crumbling down, not because of anything illegal, but because of his same-sex closet operations? The majority of Blacks don’t like it. Is the homosexual vote more powerful than the black vote? Are blacks overlooked because he knows we will be voting for him regardless or is it that homosexuals have much more economic power than the black community, which means they control him too? Entertainers, such as T.I. and Jay-Z, have come out in support of same-sex marriage despite their anti-gay lyrics in past. Is it because of the economics? Can Blacks still be bought in the 21st century? You ponder that…
Whatever the reason, our president has challenged us intently to decide what side of the coin we will support. He has forced us to consider how our spiritual position will translate into physical action. Republican candidate Mitt Romney, on the other hand, who is a Mormon, a religious sect that has been suspiciously racist against Blacks is strongly against same-sex marriage too. So what will we do? Is it even fair to use spirituality as a determinant to how we vote? After all, we are not voting for a pope, we are voting for a politician? Will we go with the presumptive racist politician or the God law changing one? Will we vote at all or will we pray about it or will we see our financial prayer requests being answered by voting Democrat?
I raised my voice, now you raise yours!
Devin Robinson is an author and business & economics professor. Learn more about him at http://www.devinrobinson.com.