Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Romney, NAACP & The Black Church Organ

For those who have never worshipped at a black church, Mitt Romney's speech today at the NAACP convention in Atlanta would be a great example of what goes down at one. Although he has a better chance of going broke than winning the black vote, there were brief points during the former Governor's speech where the all black audience seemed to be in agreement. The organ playing in the background was a good indicator as to when that in fact occurred.

In the black church the organ is not just for musical entertainment, it is that voice in the background telling whoever is speaking at that point, whether it be the preacher or the singer that they are doing a good job, that they "rockin the mic." However the organ's silence usually means that "we ain't feelin it." The black church organ is the cheering section behind the preacher, so no matter how many Amens or hallelujah's the preacher gets during his sermon it doesn't matter because the organ is always on the preacher's side. In fact, visiting pastor's will often bring their own organist along to play while they are speaking. Generally the preacher/organist relationship helps the sermon move along smoothly and effectively.

To get a better idea of how the organ worked for Romney check out this video courtesy of TPM.

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