Friday, February 09, 2007

Tucker Carlson: Striving to Be a Great Black Man

Tuck has a problem with the "Black Value System" of Barack Obama's Chicago church, Trinity United Church of Christ. The Black Value System calls on Black members of the congregation (which is pretty much everyone) to be the best they can be as individuals and when it comes to their community, which is made up of Black people, a community which has historically had very specific problems related to the color of their skin.

Tuck says this is separatist, exclusionary and un-Christian because of the word "Black." (Media Matters)
Now, it would seem to me, Tom, not to make a broad sweeping statement here, but a racially exclusive theology, a theology that ministers to one group of people, based on race, kind of contradicts the basic tenets of Christianity, and is worth talking about. Wouldn't you say?
No. Because the Black Value System doesn't actually have anything to do with theology, except insofar as it calls on members to find strength in God to work to better their community and it's associated with a Christian church.

Exclusive theology is pretty much the basic tenet of most religions, including many of the Christian denominations. You know, the way some people say, "only straight people who don't have gay sex go to Heaven," or "only Christian people who believe in a divine Christ go to Heaven." The Black Value System would be exclusive theology if it said, "only Black people who live by the Black Value System go to Heaven." But the church doesn't only minister to Black people, and it doesn't have as a tenet the exclusive redemption of Black people.

Still, I think Tuck could work on being a better Black man. Though he couldn't do all of the commitments since he's not Black -- that not being anyone's fault, not even the Romans -- he could agree that he has the right to be a Black man. And he could certainly honor Dr. Manford Byrd's example, commit to strengthening Black communities and families with symbolic support, and, most importantly, forswear anti-intellectualism.

I can't stress that last one enough. Tucker Carlson, you must forswear anti-intellectualism. Do it now.

Edited to add: the source link, and to say via Eschaton. D'oh!

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