Black Community

Religion is Destroying The Black “Community”

Why is it destroying the black “community”? Because you have black people who blame it on ‘ho culture’ and ‘women having babies they can’t afford’ to deflect the true core issues in the black “community”. It’s amazing what the black man can blame on the black woman.

African American religious cultures were born in the crucible of American slavery, a system that not only ruptured direct connections to African history, culture, and religious community, but also set the context for the emergence of transformed and new religious systems. Africans brought forcibly to the Americas came from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and religious environments in West and West Central Africa. [Religion in American History – Judith Weisenfeld]

In someone’s rage filled message, they so kindly told me that atheism is ruining the black “community”; atheism is the problem in the black “community”. It’s funny and sad at the same time because they’re too blindsided and closed-minded by religion to realize that that’s the furthest from the truth. The sadness comes from when I tried to tell them the truth they didn’t want to hear it.  They didn’t want evidence or proof, just someone to blame.

Religion in the black “community” is obviously alive and thriving. With more churches next to chicken spots and liquor stores than houses with people living in them in some places to mega churches with pimps in pulpits, religion in the black “community” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There’s too many still willing to give up everything in return for false promises of an afterlife. They’re willing to stay shackled to religion just to have something to hold on to.

They’d rather disown family members because of a book; kick them to the curb because of a book while forgetting that their very own book has something to say about things like that. Religion coincides with one’s personal beliefs every time. They judge you based on that very book, they don’t think for themselves because of that book. That book was shoved down our ancestor’s throats but atheism is the problem? They’re giving their 10%, sometimes it’s their last to a con artist while they watch their own neighborhoods crumble down around them. They see this every day, but they want to give everything to a God who hasn’t given anything to them.

We have a sad history here in America, that much is true:

African Americans played a major role in their own conversion, and for their own reasons. Africans brought to America initially resisted giving up the religions of their forefathers, but over the years, and with the birth of new generations on American soil, accepting Christianity became part of accepting America as home. Over time, large numbers of slaves found the biblical message of spiritual equality before God appealing and found comfort in the biblical theme of deliverance. [Religion and Slavery -Africans in America, pg 2]

And it has gone downhill ever since.

I can understand to some extent why the black “community” holds steadfast to their beliefs, I can see why they stick to it like glue. Being black in America hasn’t gotten much easier, it may never get easier. They need something to cling on to. Religion seems like the perfect escape. It’s the perfect scapegoat when anything happens. I have to ask: When is enough going to be enough? When are we going to get off our knees? We prayed when they hung us and now we’re praying when they shoot us, then we forgive them. What has prayer or forgiveness done for us? It made the pulpit sharks greedy and the congregation needy.

Religion has done a good job dividing the black “community”. That’s what it does because it promotes tribalism.

2 Corinthians 6:14

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Sura 4:91

They wish that you disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them,

It’s acceptable to hate and distance themselves from others based on beliefs or lack thereof because a book told them to. We’re seen as enemies and ‘satan worshippers’ and yet this is from a book written by people who didn’t have a clue where the sun went at night. That goes for anything they disagree with at any given moment: bisexuality, atheism, homosexuality, lesbianism, wearing clothes that expose skin, listening to rock music, not going to church. The list, as time goes by, gets longer and longer. Whenever they come across something they deem unacceptable in their god’s eyes then they will pray for your wretched soul and pit you against family members and friends.

Children aren’t allowed to grow up and think for themselves. They have to believe what the adults believe; be subjected to the same nonsense they’re subscribed to because of mere coincidences they consider ‘god’s will’. God is in their heart so it has to be in their children’s. When things go wrong in their lives, they tell them to have faith in god. God will get rid of that child’s cancer if they pray hard enough. If they die then it was god’s will. If they ask questions contradicting what they’re preaching then it’s “god works in mysterious ways”. They teach children in bible school and in the pulpit to shut out evidence that contradicts them. They grow up believing in a god instead of their own capacity to think; which leads to anger and false delusions.

Religion would rather attempt to save souls than to save lives. It teaches people to be helpless and wait on god’s will to swoop in and save the day. If they’ve actually read what they subscribed to, they’ll see that there’s no need for god’s will. Their life has already been predestined. ‘Letting go and letting god’ is how so many of us in the black “community” can allow so much to happen and still go to sleep at night. “God allowed you to get molested because he wouldn’t give you more than what you can handle. He was teaching you a lesson.” Imagine what that can do to someone mentally. “Just pray about it, go to church! Your bills will get paid in FULL!” It’s sad because, with some of us, that’s all we have is god. At the end of the day, some of us go to bed at night hoping god is listening to their prayers as they fall asleep. They have nothing else to look forward to in the morning except maybe a bottle and the bible.

“Not a single advanced democracy that enjoys benign, progressive socio-economic conditions retains a high level of popular religiosity.” – Gregory Paul

If you reach out about possible mental illnesses, the black “community” will tell you is because you don’t have enough “faith” and that it’s “the devil’s work”. They push you back into church missionaries and tell you to believe in god. They slap some olive oil on your forehead, dunk you in luke-warm water, speak in tongues and move you along. They totally dismiss the idea that mental illness is a real issue because god is the duct tape of the black “community”. You can use it to fix anything. It’s not really a fix, it doesn’t fix anything. Now you’re left with black people apprehensive to help in any shape or form: reaching out for help, therapy, and medicine.

Religion allows superstitions to thrive. It thrives because of so many people that are dependent on invisible beings and undetectable forces. Religion and supernatural beings are one in the same. Because of this, anyone who questions it has to be the one that provides the proof and not the one that makes the claim. They become irate when you ask them to put up what they consider proof and they’re usually empty-handed. Their religion tells them to believe without evidence. Faith is seen as a virtue:

John 20:29

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Religion blocks out logic, education, science, literature, reason and a means to deflect their true reasoning behind their suffering. Religion has proven time and time to be unhealthy, but those who refuse to bend to reason will never understand that.

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” – Karl Marx

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Black Female Bisexual Atheist

coI’ve come to terms with my sexuality quite recently. I’ve been an atheist since adolescence, but I’ve been a black woman all my life. Obviously, a quadruple threat.

Being black in America is already a minority, but being an atheist is a minority within a minority; hence the slogan. The church is tantamount in black culture, it has done more harm to us than it has helped. Turning your back on religion in the black community can be social suicide for a great deal of us so a lot of us are afraid to ‘come out’. There are situations where considering coming out as an atheist and or bisexual will leave you waking up in a cold sweat.

According to the bible, I’m deemed as a second class citizen as a woman because Eve ate a forbidden apple. That’s all it took. No second chances, no reprieve, no forgiveness whatsoever. Because of this and the black community holding on so strong to religion, I’ve been treated unfairly by my family.  They didn’t find out I was bisexual until much later, but when they did it was worse than them finding out I was an atheist. There were so much malice and malcontent. These were the same people who would quote bible scriptures day and night about what Jesus would do to help their fellow man. The television would stay on BET on Sunday’s and all you’d hear that day is gospel music. They were peaceful until you were seen as a threat to their beliefs.

I’ve found that when you add being anything other than cisgendered into the equation as a black woman, the amount of patience that bigots and self-haters have for you completely diminishes. It’s coming from all sides: the black church community, the LGT community, the hotep community. Black churches don’t really mean come as you are, the LGT community thinks you’re lying or seeking attention, the hotep community lacks lotion. The black community as a whole lacks open-mindedness and understanding in so many ways. We face discrimination in our own community and most of it is because of religion. We seem to hate ourselves first and everyone else second.

I was very deep in the closet when it came to my sexuality. I was there until I was fed up. I was reluctant to come out of the closet due to so many stigmas. I already had so much socially stacked against me as it was. When I came out though: “Now, you’re just doing this shit for attention.”, “This is just a phase.”, “You aren’t really bisexual, you just haven’t found the right man, yet.”, “How are you bisexual with kids?!”, “You can’t be bisexual because those people are confused; they want their cake and eat it too!”, “I knew there was more to why I couldn’t stand your ass. God was trying to tell me!”, “You’re just incapable of monogamy! Just admit it!”, “Didn’t you know? Bisexuality isn’t real!” The struggle is real and a lot of it is within the LGT community. It’s almost as if we’re shut out from it. I’ve never felt more invisible. It seems as if gay and lesbian are the true sexual orientations and other sexual orientations are seen as illegitimate, not real, or just a product of confusion, which is total bullshit.

To summarize the Hotep community: It’s a bunch of ashy ass negroes who think they’re ‘Kangs’ and ‘Qweens’ from West Africa – Egypt, specifically. They hold black women up to a high standard when it comes to their wombs and nothing else. Other than that, their place is behind a man and silent. They bash black women while putting white women on a throne to be saved. They wear ankhs and are obsessed with third eyes. A lot of them have taken off the shackles of Abrahamic religions and found another religion through hoteppery. The rest are atheistic but it’s negated with alkaline water and yonis. It’s still all quite confusing to me, but they don’t like free and outspoken women like me. Oh, did I mention a high percentage of them are homophobic? I forgot that part. Apparently, homosexuality is due to systematic racism and the prison system. I was brainwashed by the white man, didn’t ya’ know?

As a black woman in America, our voices aren’t heard or taken seriously. More often than not we’re disregarded and dismissed. When it’s time to steal what little culture we’ve created for ourselves, then we’re taken seriously long enough for it to be stolen and rebranded to something different. If I’m angry, I’m loud and ghetto; aggressive and bitter. If I wear my kinks and curls, then I’m to be touched and petted or told to straighten my hair. If I wear braids, I’m sent home from school or told to take them down. If I’m just sitting, minding my own business, then my face is resting in bitch mode. Maybe that’s just how I look? I’m told to “smile, girl you’re too pretty to be frowning like that!” I’m supposed to take what I can get in relationships and be grateful. I’m not allowed to build my own gaming rigs, play video games, love metal, enjoy anime, or read mangas and comic books without someone questioning my motive: “Why do you like doing white boy shit? Here’s a blunt, get turnt!” “Anxiety?! Depressions!? Panic attacks?! Where they do that at? We don’t believe in that shit! Just go outside! Pray about it!”

On society’s terms, I have to hold myself up to these impossible and unusual norms and standards to keep people around me happy.

Fuck. and. That.

I’m a quadruple threat and I’m cool with that. I’m an introverted loner but at the same time a laid back individual. If where I decide to stick my vagina and if who I decide to be as a person is a problem for someone, then how is that my problem? I spent a great deal of my life in different closets, but no more. I’ll be 30 this year and enough is enough.

Tip: I’m allowed to feel however I want. No one is allowed to tone police me. No one.

What If There Was No Black People

This is a story of a little boy named Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his Grandfather, “What if there were no Black people in the world?”

Well, Grandfather about that for a moment and then said, “Son, follow me around today and let’s just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world. Get dressed and we will get started.”

Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. But there were no shoes, and his clothes were all wrinkled. He looked for the iron, but when he reached for the ironing board, it was no longer there. You see Sarah Boone, a Black woman, invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a Black man invented the shoe lasting machine.

Theo ran to the internet for a chat with a friend, the internet was not working. Dr. Mark Dean-An African American Invented Many Of The Programming For The Internet Experiences We Enjoy Today.

He looked for his mobile phone, but it was not there because, The inventor of the Cellular phone is Black man Henry Sampson.

“Oh well, “Grandfather said, “Go and do your hair.” Theo ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the comb. Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia O. Newman, a Black female invented the brush.

Well, he was a sight, no shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess without the hair care inventions of Madam C. J. Walker, — well, you get the picture.Grandfather told Theo, “Let’s do the chores around the house and then take a trip to the grocery store.”

Theo’s job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept. When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a Black man, invented the dustpan. So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W. Stewart, a Black man, invented the mop.

Theo thought to himself, “I’m not having any luck.” “Well, son,” Grandfather said. “We should wash the clothes and prepare a list for the grocery store.” When he was finished, Theo went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was not there. You see, George T. Samon, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer. Theo got a pencil and some paper to prepare the list for the market, but noticed that the pencil lead was broken, as well he was out of luck because John Love, a black man, invented the pencil sharpener. He reached for a pen, but it was not there because William Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen. As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge invented the typewriting machine, and W. A. Lavette, the printing press.

So they decided to head out to the market. Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed the grass was as high as he was tall. You see the lawnmower was invented by John Burr, a Black man.

They made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn’t go. You see, Robert Spikes, a Black man, invented the automatic gear shift and Joseph Gammel invented the supercharge system for internal combustion engines.

They noticed that the few cars that were moving were running into each other and having wrecks because there were no traffic signals. You see, Garrett A. Morgan, a Black man invented the traffic light.

ELIJAH J. MCCOY Africa-America Inventor 57 U.S. Patents Lubrication Steam Engines.

Well, it was getting late, so they walked to the market, got their groceries and returned home. Just when they were about to put away the milk, eggs, and butter, they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see, John Standard, a Black man, invented the refrigerator. So they put the food on the counter.

By this time, they noticed it was getting mighty cold. Theo went to turn up the heat and what do you know, Alive Parker, a Black female, invented the heating furnace. Even in the summer time they would have been out of luck because Frederick Jones, a Black man, invented the air conditioner.

It was almost time for Theo’s father to arrive home. He usually took the bus, but there was no bus because its precursor was the electric trolley, invented by another Black man, Elbert T. Robinson. He usually took the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator. He usually dropped off the office mail at a nearby mailbox, but it was no longer there because Phillip Downing, a Black man, invented the letter drop mailbox and William Barry invented the postmarking and canceling machine.

Theo sat at the kitchen table with his head in his hands. When his father arrived he asked, ” Why are you sitting in the dark?” Why?? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a Black man, invented the filament within the light bulb.

Africa America George Carruthers developed ways to use ultraviolet imaging in order to view images in deep space that were previously impossible to see. In 1972, Carruthers invented the “Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectograph,” the first moon-based observatory. It was used in the Apollo 16 mission. Then, in 1986, one of his inventions captured an image of Hailey’s Comet—the first time a comet had ever been pictured from space.

Benjamin Montgomery – born into slavery in 1819 in Loudon County, Virginia. Benjamin invented a special propeller which allowed steamboats to navigate in shallow water.

A Slave Bradley Helped Set Up Scientific Experiments.In The 1840s, He Developed a Steam Engine For a War Ship.

Theo quickly learned what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world.

Not to mention if he were ever sick and needed blood. Charles Drew, a Black scientist, found a way to preserve and store blood which led to his starting the world’s first blood bank.

And what if a family member had to have surgery. This would not have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams,

So if you ever wonder, like Theo, where we would be without Blacks? Well, it’s pretty plain to see, we could very well still be in the dark!

‘I Luh God’ | Black Embarrassment Television

I unfortunately, ran across something I wish I hadn’t. I guess that’s the price I pay for using social media. What I saw made me lose all hope for the religious black community. A song called ‘I Luh God’ by a “gospel” singer named Erica Campbell.

This is what Erica Campbell had to say:

Everyone doesn’t speak properly. Everyone doesn’t live in a well-maintained manicured neighborhood. People live in rough neighborhoods and they speak how they speak. No matter where you are, you have to acknowledge that you’re blessed. Everybody don’t like it. Some people are upset about it, but they’ll be all right. God don’t live in a box. Why should I?

Because – lazy ass – you’re supposed to be above that. You’re supposed to do – and be the opposite of what society expects. Jesus fucking Christ you religious people are something else. Not only are you religious while black, you’re proving a stereotype a lot of black people are trying to get rid of.

I read somewhere that someone called her the Beyoncé of gospel music. Just to add insult to injury…read this:

In response to the criticism, Erica Campbell told the The Tom Joyner Morning Show that the song was made in the trap/hood style to appeal to people in lower-income neighbourhoods, like the one she grew up in.

If I slam my head on my desk any harder, I’d be just as dense as her.

I get it, black people are simple creatures when it come to music, but don’t insult us. I ‘luh‘ god? Are you serious? I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: The blatant and very much intended spelling error, the trap house music style to the song, the entire song itself, or the people who’s eating this shit up.

These kinds of people have no shame because the dollar amount takes care of that. Maybe I should go into religious work. It seems that’s where the money is. My morally sound conscience can’t lie to people and use them for monetary gain though, so there’s that.

But what the fuck!? Really?

The song is on youtube, but the video isn’t, which is why I haven’t posted a video of it here. But here’s a link to the video because you can’t just listen to the song, you have to see the full effect of that nonsense in all its glory. Let me know how it ended, 1:40 in and I was through.

I never understood how the religious could say that’s the devil’s music and then turn around and use the same type of music to put in gospel lyrics and says it’s for Christ.Yea, I guess that makes it okay. 

Get the fuck out of here.

From The Members: Why?

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Here’s a message that I wanted to give to my fellow black atheists.

Why is it that we should be scared to show our faces and express our beliefs openly in the black community? Why is it that the word acceptance is just an illusion-like word conjured up by Webster in order to increase our vocabulary but have no substantial value in its worth to be brought upon into out fellow brother and sisters mind? Many times I have been based for my belief and having to also “blend in” to the populous in order not to offend them, but from my perception, their stubbornness is what deeply offends me. Everybody has a right to believe in what they want to believe in, but from what I have seen and, have gone through, that reality is false. From the dawn of time man has created gods for the idea of control in order to bring answers to questions that could not be answered, but thanks to modern day science, questions can finally be answered without someone saying, “It’s because of god that has happened?” I was raised in a Baptist church for a majority of my childhood and didn’t really enjoy going there from all the judges and cynical people who claimed to be saints but at the end of church go right back to how they were before as though the word “God” or the pastors preaching’s were never spoken in their presence. Many questions came to my head as a child when I was in the church and I have read the bible but let me tell you. A lot of stuff in there just doesn’t make any sence whatsoever. People use god as a defense mechanism when they have no intelligent way of explaining things thoroughly. Christians are easy to read about the Old Testament but not the history of the world. I would type more but I would like to get some feed back on this if it would not be a bother to you. I am not afraid to show my face cause a majority of the people I associate with and family already know about my beliefs. –Kessmine F.