In the midst of recent escalated cases of racism/white supremacy, Ecclesiastes 3:8 could easily be one of the most disregarded passages in the Bible by its dedicated Black readers.
While it is widely known that we (Blacks) are the most spiritual people on this planet, it appears that our “moral compass” has led us into a land of bemusement and the utmost disrespect in the eyes and hearts of the rest of the world. We’ve pleaded for the camaraderie of members of the dominant society–who in recent years more than any other time since the end of the Civil Rights Era–have openly expressed their disdain for us. We’ve made the boastful declaration that we’ve “moved on” beyond our ugly slavery-filled history, yet the more we “progress” beyond the painful realities of our past, we seem to be repeatedly hit with the same reminders of what we have attempted to escape in the first place.
What is the root of this way of thinking? While most will conclude that there is no one reason to pinpoint for our general mindset, one culprit that can not be excluded is Christianity, and Blacks’ propensity to cling to it as a means of eluding the realities of Black plight. However, Christianity cannot be singled out for the passivity of Black America. Nat Turner was a preacher who used Christianity as a tool to lead a slave rebellion. Marcus Garvey was a devout Christian, yet lead millions of African people on a global conquest for empowerment. Last but not least, the most well-known example of a leading Black figure who embraced the Christian faith was none other than Dr. King, who near the end of his life, dispelled the notion of ‘turning the other cheek’, which is what he was most famous for.
So, if a religion which is many centuries old has remained the same fundamentally, what does it say about the condition of a particular people who subscribe to it? It appears that many of the proponents of racial harmony have strong ties and deep roots in the Black church. Take a look at some of the short video clips below show examples of Black conformity to racism/white supremacy.
The belief that we can pray our troubles away in hopes of acceptance from the dominant society has become laughable, yet appalling as well. Waiting on Judgement Day for the comeuppance of the evil regime of oppressors has cost us countless lives at this point, and people who adhere to this way of thinking will be useless to the building of a new and improved Black Society. The most heartbreaking fact of the matter is that many of our children have already inherited this mindset as well. Ironically, even people outside of the Melanoid community point out the insanity of our ways, as seen in the following video:
One thing that most of us can agree on is that we do in fact need a spiritual base that keeps us centered as a people. In conjunction with the aforementioned statement, we must abide by principle of the old African proverb that reads “When you pray, move your feet”.
by B. Clark