It’s been awhile since you have seen much in the media about Obama’s connections to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and Trinity United Church of Christ. As many people are bewildered by the direction Obama continues to take us, I think it remains relevant to watch what his old Chicago church is up to. Despite his claim to the contrary, his history indicates his ideology to be very much in line with theirs.
During the campaign, much was learned from Trinity’s church Web site and many were amazed at the radical literature recommended in their bookstore as well as the contents of their bulletin. Two announcements in the current bulletin caught my attention.
The first (pg. 16) was the announcement of their annual “Rites of Passage” ceremony for the Kwame Nkrumah Academy, on whose board Rev. Wright serves. Barack Obama and Bill Ayers were in on the ground floor of the “rites of passage movement” in schools like Wright’s, as they awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars, through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, to Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore (CIESS). Stanley Kurtz described this in depth in the National Review back in 2008.
According to several sources, the late Kwame Nkrumah honored at this school was an afrocentrist and Marxist dictator in Ghana. Although he led Ghana as they began their independence, what kind of “independence” was it? I came across a few descriptions of his brand of government. Here is just one from Nevanji Madanhire writing for the Zimbabwe The Standard newspaper:
Because he guided Ghana to become the first black African country to gain independence in 1957, it may be safe to say that later dictators in the continent learnt from his book of political tyranny. He set the stage and record for one-party dictatorship, personality cult, ruthless suppression of political opponents, detention without trial, paranoia, grandiose projects, economic mismanagement and election rigging.
Marxists.org (and they should know) clarified his ideology further:
His legacy and dream of a “United States of African” still remains a goal among many.
I find it disturbing that a Marxist dictator would be an inspiration for schoolchildren, yet Rev. Wright apparently thought him to be the ideal inspiration.
The second bulletin announcement (pg. 27) was about an “Empowering Voices” podcast the church is doing to promote the new book, The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther written by Jeffrey Haas, radical attorney with the People’s Law Office who worked closely with the Panthers and SDS back in the 60s. Trinity is not the only place where he is getting help promoting his book. Book signings were held at locations such as Revolution Books in Chicago, where you’ll find a large selection of revolutionary and communist reading material as well as calls for political action. Not surprisingly, Bill Ayers is involved in promoting this book, too:
Ayers joined a panel of activists at different levels of career revolutionism, to discuss the legacy of Fred Hampton and to promote Jeff Haas’ book “The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther.” The panel was hosted by Barbara’s Bookstore in honor of Black History Month.
Trinity’s message of Marxism and radical action is a window into current radical progressive thought. It appears nothing has changed much in the minds of Obama and Ayers, either. Although no longer close geographically, it is this type of shared radical philosophy that will always keep them all closely connected.