During the middle of the Presidential race, the media gave quite a bit of attention to the Trinity United Church of Christ (Barack Obama's place of worship for 20+ years) in Chicago. The church was heavily criticized because it has a strong emphasis on addressing the needs of the Black Community. I think it makes sense for them to take that stance. After all, they're in Chicago. With a local population that consists of so many Black people, somebody needs to address their spiritual and social concerns and this has been the church's role for thousands of years.
I thought about this today when I was watching a video clip on Jesus' General. It was the trailer for a documentary called "Banking on Heaven". It exposes the polygamy, abuse, and murders that regularly take place in the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (Mormon) church communities. It includes interviews with people who have escaped from these communities and have made it their mission to help those whose lives have been negatively affected as a result of growing up in those circumstances. Beyond those mentioned in this particular documentary, there are several ministries that have been established with the goal of helping those who in this situation.
I'm not saying that many women, children, and teenagers in the FLDS church don't need help. It's clear to me that they do. What I wonder about is why so many people don't seem to have a problem with the ministries (run primarily by white people) that are designed to focus their help on those who are in this almost exclusively white community, but become highly offended if they hear about a ministry that is primarily by black people that is designed to focus its help on those within the black community.
Is liberation theology okay with the average American only if its ministers and targets are white?
Update: I listed Obama's former church as "Trinity Church of Christ". The name of the church is actually "Trinity United Church of Christ". As a commenter pointed out to me, the Church of Christ and the United Church of Christ are two separate organizations with no ties to each other. I apologize for the omission.