Do Black Americans Use Christianity as a Crutch?

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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

11 thoughts on “Do Black Americans Use Christianity as a Crutch?

  1. andre says:

    sad but true.

  2. Brother rdc says:

    Church is detrimental to the black community period. Black empowerment is the only religion we need to practice right now

  3. str8_talk says:

    The church has been like a dead weight around the necks of black people ever since they forced their Bible and their religion on us. creating too many uncle Tom’s, cop-outs, sell-outs, cowards, delusional false faith and hope. Until we burn that propaganda tool call the Bible we will always be in a state of delusion and cowardice..

  4. str8_talk says:

    A suggestion Melanoid-Nation, it would be nice if you allow the posters to edit their comments as sometimes we make errors in our Grammar and such..

  5. Just_Think says:

    We find any and everything to place blame on for our struggle. The latest blame lies on the Christianity faith base. You even have so called conscious fools thinking white people created Christianity to enslave and oppress other races. Let it be known White people haven’t created one religion till this day and they shouldn’t be credited in doing so. To say they wrote the bible and invented Jesus shows true ignorance. Did they translate the bible from hebrew text and change the name to Jesus? of course they did. Jesus went by many names if that was even his name at all. Anyways, lets focus on the empowerment of black people instead of focusing on others belief. As you mentioned above MLK, Marcus Garvey, Nat Turner and Harriet Tubmans Christianity beliefs damn sure didnt hurt our cause but it did help us in many ways.

  6. Lynn says:

    It isn’t so much Christianity as it is people’s misuse and abuse. It was used to condition us to be subservient, but that doesn’t mean that that is what Christianity is about.

  7. VP says:

    Coon train is heavy for these clips. Was hard to look at them. Even if some one commit’s a crime caught on tape (Mike Brown) they deserve due process not being executed in the street. The 1 Cult of Dusty Clip made some good points along the way but at the end where he said black people owe his people reparations I was lost. Is he joking? Hope he is. If black people want practice religion perhaps practice something originating from the mother land rather what ancestors were forced to believe.

  8. Michael Cooper says:

    Christianity is Black people’s handicap and detriment. It’s a “keep-you-in-slavery” religion. It teaches negroes that they have one male ancestor who looks like Darren Wilson or David Duke with long animal fur-like hair and a beard. Btw, 1st Corinthians 11:14 speaks against long animal fur-like hair. Get rid of Christianity and accept Ancestral Spirituality. RBG!!

  9. Thoughtful article. I do, however, disagree with the phrase “dominant society”. I think it would have been better to say “current dominant society”, else you negative the very purpose of your article, to some extent. No condition is permanent. Blacks aspire to regain their historic greatness.

  10. Nick says:

    Colossians 3:10-11 And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

    People those judge about black or white skin, they just do not know God and his unconditional love to all.

  11. Julia says:

    Very thoughtful words which sums up what many Black people are feeling nowadays but are not saying it. when we heal, then nations heal, but we can not continue to subscribe to a religion that will never allow us to be well.

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