Cone combined the ideas of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. He took Malcolm's ideas of self love and a added them to Kings philosophy of loving others. Cone used MLK Jr's Black Christian theology. James Cone is known as the founder of Black Liberation Theology (which still had some grit if you read his actual sermons).
The church responded to Cone with the idea "God is not black; God is raceless." Keep in mind before Cone, God was seen as white often with blonde hair and blue eyes....sorry, God is not European (don't worry I know Jesus was not biologically African either).
For Christmas I would like to wish Jesus a happy birthday and thank him for teaching us to love those our society sees as bad, evil, poor and untouchable.
European Jesus from Sodahead.com
People who have heard of James Cone in response to the anti Obama campaigns, have heard incredibly distorted views of what black Liberation Theology actually is saying. These same people seem to forget the circumstances that men like James Cone and Malcolm X were responding to and living with on a daily basis.