The Black Value System

I’ve referenced the “Black Value System” (VBS) of Barack Obama’s church before. As the church has begun to redesign their site to make the embarrassing less notable, I’ll copy the BVS to this website to create a a record of it for me at a site other than Obama’s church’s.

About half of the BVS is boilerplate social conservative. Anti-intellectualism, self-discipline, and care for children are specifically mentioned. Other portions of it are backward looking and grievance based, such as a reference to “our racist competitive society” and a strange line about “Placing them in concentration camps, and/or structuring an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.” However, the most alarming parts are the explicitly racist, such as “The highest level of achievement for any Black person must be a contribution of substance to the strength and continuity of the Black Community.,” or cultic, as in “Pledge Allegiance to all Black Leadership Who Espouse and Embrace The Black Value System.”

Many of Barack Obama’s apologists have argued that the statements of his pastor, who married him and from whose speech Baracks’ book got its title, because what was said were extemporaneous thoughts in a broader context. But certainly the core doctrines of the church provide context!

I’ve yet to hear Obama address the Black Value System. My assumption is he is trying to foster strategic ambiguity, allowing his supporters to defend BVS as reasonable (the “highest level of achievement” for a Christian can be loving your enemies, receiving divine grace, or supporting a race-based community: take your pick!) while denying any association between Obama and BVS.

And Obama wonders why so many minorities don’t trust him.


The Black Value System

These Black Ethics must be taught and exampled in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect the following concepts:

Commitment of God

“The God of our weary years” will give us the strength to give up prayerful passivism and become Black Christian Activist, soldiers for Black freedom and the dignity of all humankind.

Commitment to the Black Community

The highest level of achievement for any Black person must be a contribution of substance to the strength and continuity of the Black Community.

Commitment to the Black Family

The Black family circle must generate strength, stability, and love despite the uncertainty of externals, because these characteristics are required if the developing person is to withstand warping by our racist competitive society.
Those Blacks who are blessed with membership in a strong family unit must reach out and expand that blessing to the less fortunate, especially to the children.

Dedication to the Pursuit of Education

We must forswear anti-intellectualism. Continued survival demands that each Black Person be developed to the utmost of his/her mental potential despite the inadequacies of the formal education process. “Real education” fosters understanding of ourselves as well as every aspect of our environment. Also it develops within us the ability to fashion concepts and tools for better utilization of our resources, and more effective solutions to our problems. Since the majority of Blacks have been denied such learning, Black Education must include elements that provide high school graduates with marketable skills, a trade or qualifications for apprenticeships, or proper preparation for college. Basic education for all Blacks should include Mathematics, Science, Logic, General Semantics, Participative Politics, Economics and Finance, and the Care and Nurture of Black minds.
To the extent that we individually reach for, even strain for excellence, we increase, geometrically, the value and resourcefulness of the Black Community. We must recognize the relativity of one’s best: this year’s best can be bettered next year. Such is the language of growth and development. We must seek to excel in every endeavor.

Adherence to the Black Work Ethic

“It is becoming harder to find qualified people to work in Chicago” Whether this is true or not, it represents one of the many reasons given by businesses and industries for deserting the Chicago area. We must realize that a location with good facilities, adequate transportation and reputation for producing skilled workers will attract industry. We are in competition with other cities, states, and nations for jobs. High productivity must be a goal of the Black workforce.

Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect

To accomplish anything worthwhile requires self-discipline. We must be a community of self-disciplined persons, if we are to actualize and utilize our own human resources instead of perpetually submitting to exploitation by others. Self discipline coupled with a respect for self, will enable each of us to be an instrument of Black Progress, and a model for Black Youth.

Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness”

Classic methodology on control of captives teaches that captors must keep the captive ignorant educationally, but trained sufficiently well to serve the system. Also, the captors must be able to identify the “talented tenth” of those subjugated, especially those who show promise of providing the kind of leadership that might threaten the captor’s control.

Those so identified as separated from the rest of the people by:

Killing them off directly, and/or fostering a social system that encourages them to kill off one another.
Placing them in concentration camps, and/or structuring an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.
Seducing them into a socioeconomic class system which while training them to earn more dollars, hypnotizes them into believing they are better than others and teaches them to think in terms of “we” and “they” instead of “us”.
So, while it is permissible to chase “middle-incomeness” with all our might, we must avoid the third separation method-the psychological entrapment of Black “middleclassness”: If we avoid the snare, we will also diminish our “voluntary” contributions to methods A and B. And more importantly, Black people no longer will be deprived of their birthright, the leadership, resourcefulness, and example of their own talented persons.

Pledge to Make the Fruits of All Developing and Acquired Skills Available to the Black community

Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions.
Pledge Allegiance to all Black Leadership Who Espouse and Embrace The Black Value System.
Personal Commitment to Embracement of the Black Value System – to Measure the Worth and Validity of All Activity in Terms of Positive Contributions to the General Welfare of the Black Community and the Advancement of Black People towards Freedom.

9 thoughts on “The Black Value System”

  1. I was somehow hoping this was going to be a Black Swan Value System (BSVS) post instead. ;-\ This Obama talk doesn’t really “send me”, as they say.

    How would John Boyd have advised Barack Obama in terms of navigating Pastorgate, and short-circuiting Hillary Clinton’s decision cycle? Which Democratic candidate has operated (thus far) more closely to the Boyd Discourse?

  2. “This Obama talk doesn’t really ‘send me’, as they say.”

    I am fine with the Obama talk.

    Dan seems to be wrestling with his initial infatuation with Obama, and the foul tasting disillusion which has followed.

    We need to be patient while he works through it on the blog.

  3. I am stunned by how poorly Obama has performed.

    Since South Carolina, Clinton’s strategy has been to be as racially polarizing as possible. For a long while this didn’t seem to work, and there were even signs in the Potomac Primary that Clinton’s plan had just failed.

    And now Obama plays right into it.

    Boyd’s strategy is designed to alienate your enemy from his friends (and potential friends), while “going inside” his cognition so that you appear to be making his plays for him.

    I’m not sure how Clinton can get more Boydian at this point.

    Obama could have played to his strength as an intellectual, giving a forward-looking speech on race. He could have played to Hill’s weakness in her husband, saying something like “We have all been around people we love who do and say hurtful things. We love people for how they treat us when the cameras are off. But we are all poorer for how he betrays our trust with his words. There’s nothing good or right in what he did.” Instead he gave a backward-looking, grievance-oriented speech that plays to his weaknesses.


  4. In a Boydian sence, I believe the first thing you have to determine is: who is your enemy?

    It has been said that Reagen knew who the enemy is–the enemy is behind you not in front of you in politics.

  5. “I wonder if this includes hostility towards the enemy of globalization, foreign direct investment, and economic interconnectivity”
    For the most part globalization is a dead issue. America found it could give globalization, but not receive globalization. Through greed and fraud the result was simply millions of displaced Americans. I doubt any candidate would be willing to pick up the globalization baton, such dropped.

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