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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 | The Quadruple Threat

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.

Can You Be a Black Christian and ‘Woke’?

*cringe*

No. Allow me to explain, even though it should be obvious.

Social media has brought on a movement of sorts; the ‘black consciousness’ movement. Let’s discuss that.

How can you be “conscious” and religious?

To be truly “woke” is to be frustrated and angry all of the time. To be Christian and “woke” you’d have to sidestep a lot of black issues and by issues I mean the chokehold religion has on black people.

On social media, I’ve noticed a lot of conscious black people speak strongly against racism, bigotry, misogyny, colorism, and police brutality but in the same keystrokes sending prayers to those who may have lost someone to police brutality. It just seems odd to me that these ‘woke’ black people would still need something as fickle as religion. It’s almost as if they don’t realize that religion is a problem.

You can’t be ‘woke’ and a Christian, Hebrew Israelite, Hotep, Muslim or whatever else you call yourselves these days. Sure, get mad and upset that I’m pointing this out, it won’t change the facts.

Religion is used to justify murder, rape, robbery, and enslaving of black people around the globe. If you believe in hell and satan, god and angels how woke can you actually be? What level of ‘woke’ is that? That’s more like sleepwalking.

Our ancestors weren’t allowed to read when they were brought to America but they got religion shoved down their throats. They were killed on the very basis of religion. Religion told their slave owners that it was okay to have black people as slaves, but we’re going to ignore that and “not trust whitey”. If you’re ‘woke’ and pro-black but religious, you’re skipping a step and it looks more like cherry-picking to me.

There’s something else I’d like to address: Those that say that they’re all ‘woke’ and all, but will walk past each other every day and say nothing to each other, even if a child speaks to them. We cannot be ‘woke’ to what we want and nod off on everything else.

Turning to a white man’s religion to give you the strength to forgive someone who killed your family member or friend is a slap in the face to that very same movement. To ignore so much harm religion has done to black people is the same as accepting it and you can’t call yourself ‘woke’ or ‘conscious’.

Dear Black Preachers

Some of you have some nerve. Don’t get me wrong, no one is perfect over this way and that shouldn’t even begin to be the retort for what I have to say, but some of y’all are fucked up.

I see you in your new Mercedez Benz and your fancy suits and your flashy jewelry. I see all of that under that velvety smooth ass robe. I see the matching gators, too. Don’t get me wrong, not a lot of you – but a great deal of you – can’t ball out of control like that, but you try, you try and when you think about it, that’s just as fucked up as the ones who can.

Luke 12:15: “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”

You and along 10 other preachers on that same street can’t do a damn thing for the community you’re siphoning from? Not even a community garden? You don’t even have the decency to pave the parking lot to park your Benz or Maserati in? Nah! No one cares about that. Jesus isn’t in the parking lot or on the curb. The congregation doesn’t care about no pot holes! Jesus’ll fill ’em! They damn sure don’t care about what’s going on around them, either. You fill your pockets full of money from families who could have used that money for food and bills. But since they believe that god will make it alright for them, they just willingly do it. Most of you know it’s wrong. You take and take and take but barely do you ever give. God isn’t your personal savior in no other means than the almighty dollar. The others? Money and the perfect platform to shout their bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic rhetoric to the naive and delusional congregation. You hide behind a “Well, Jesus said, or I think [he] did” facade as a reason to spout such nonsense.

Ecclesiastes 5:10: “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.

You kill me how you boast about how you got 50 people to foot a coach bus to take a trip to a damn casino like that’s something to boast about. I would ask if you actually read the bible, but that’s pretty redundant at this point. You’re not in it for Jesus in the first damn place.

Mark 8:36: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”

Hey, you. I know I probably lost you by now, with all the bible scriptures you didn’t know existed. I didn’t even have to mention the camel but listen you’re doing your black communities a disservice.

It’s bad enough that another sect of sheep called the Jehovah’s Witnesses do drive-by soliciting. They would straight pull up on you in the dead of winter, roll down the window, be on the wrong side of the street just to ask you if they can give you something, something to fucking read. Don’t even bother to talk about what they want you to take from them. What if you have questions? Is there some quota they have to meet with Jesus through a lifelong binding contract or they go to hell? No telling what’s motivating these old ladies. They fill up the ‘Free Little Libraries’, not with books of anything other than ‘The Book of Mormon’ or ‘The Watchtower’ and every time I take that shit and throw it in the garbage. It’s bad enough when they do it, that’s the only time you’ll see them in the community. They’re too busy worried about what other people are doing in public which has been shown in the bible, that you’re supposed to do in private. Enough is enough!

It’s stated that black churches are collecting billions from their communities, but there aren’t any new job creations or opportunities. There’s no excuse for the abandoned buildings and businesses, and homes, too. You expect us to sit in church from 10:30 to 1:30 and listen to you, shake around and make noises in the pews for you, play in your choirs and indoctrinate your children with bible study, but you can’t do a damn thing for the people you’re sucking the life out of? You know what it’s helping? Gentrification.

With all that money you’re making by making them tithe EVERY Sunday and in some cases Thursday and Saturday, you can mentor them on saving that 10%, but that’s too much like right. That mean you don’t get any.  That’s not including all the functions and “dinners” that tithe envelopes and money trays are passed around. That’s not ‘church’, why am I paying you for just being a part of the church community?

You prey on their hardship. You use that as your foundation in your sermons. You use that as a hook and lure to get them to hand over their money. It’s always about the money.

Then you have pastors like Eddie Long who molested children. Nothing worse than a pastor preying on its flock instead of protecting them, teaching them.

It’s quite disheartening to see so many of you pimp pastors taking advantage of so many people. You’re reaping all of the benefits.

“Come as you are! But you bitch, you better have my money!”

To the churches and pastors that at least try, you can do better, too. Nothing is stopping you from calling bullshit for what it is. Turning a blind cheek because it’s not affecting you at all is how we got in this mess. Nonchalantly sweeping more and more shit under the rug is doing no one any favors. Eventually, that rug will have too much shit under it and everyone will begin to notice.

The Pitfalls of Being A Black Atheist

You see a lot of shit that other people don’t.

Black Christians may be fine with Jehovah’s Witnesses driving up in this “community” dropping off their propaganda bullshit in our Little Library, but I’m not. I’ll take those booklets out of there every time I see them. Not only is it hypocritical, but it’s ass-backwards when it’s sitting next to books about the universe and dinosaurs. It’s problematic enough that there are enough black Jehovah’s Witnesses indoctrinating young minds, I’ll be damned if I allow someone to drive up in here from the suburbs only to drop those booklets off and leave is going to, too. If all you have to offer to these kids in tougher times is religion, just stay home and pray, it has the same effect. From the looks of things, religion hasn’t worked well for any of these kids.

the watchtower

Answer: Hell to the fucking No!

Other Christians, especially black ones assume you’re Christian

I hate this with a passion! I know, I know it happens to everyone, but I’m not stupid. It’s much more obvious in the black “community”. It’s much more in your face, too. You could be standing, minding your own business and look up, you’re in a prayer circle for no damn reason.

“Which church you go to?” “Here’s a pamphlet for what’s going on at church this weekend.” “Do you have a church home?” “Why ain’t you in church, chile!” “Should baptize your daughter before she gets too old.” “Did your Christen your son?” “Here’s a bible. I have so many of these at home!” “Which scripture is your favorite?” “Circumcise that boy!” “Make sure when you marry it’s in a church! You have to be good with god, ya know!”

After a while, it all sounds like they all got their notes from each other. They all sound the same. They all sound cherry-picked.

When they find out you’re not a Christian, they ostracize you – in most cases, at least try – from the “community”.

All you have to say is you don’t so much as pray and they’ll look at you differently. Start explaining why and watch the bullshit before you unfold.

Add any more labels alongside “atheist” and you’ll start having to keep down vomit every time you hear, “now, you’re just doing this shit for attention”.

Especially if you’re anything other than straight, then don’t be a woman on top of that. It’s like the shit you already have stacked against you just tripled.

Some would say, “You wouldn’t have all these problems if you didn’t make yourself a target by having labels you know would make you a target.” Well, no one told them they had to believe that nonsense either, but I’m supposed to hide behind a figment of who I am because of apologists? Because of victim blamers? Because you cannot handle being an adult?

I’m not being black for attention. I’m not being a woman for attention. I’m not being bisexual for attention, nor am I confused. I’m not being an atheist for attention. I’m being Lee and Lee isn’t the one with the problem here. I’m being told that I am the problem. Everything about who I am is a problem for other people when it shouldn’t be.

Other hoteps assume you’re ‘Hotep’ because you’re an atheist or have atheistic ideals.

A lot of “hoteps” aren’t religious, they think god is a black ‘wombman’. Don’t get me to translate it. I don’t know what it is. They like to think they have third eyes. See the contradiction? They replaced one religion for another, but at the same time, have a lot of atheistic ideals so they join black atheist pages or ‘Real Black Atheist’ pages. Emphasis on ‘real’ because that means a lot to them.

They have certain beliefs and ideals on what an actual atheist is. It’s ridiculous. They’re just as bad as churchgoers because they push that shit onto others. I don’t want to be your “Qween”. I want to be Lee. Also, let’s get this out of the way: You hoteps should seriously stop getting hung up on Africa. Most of you never been there, don’t know much about the place outside of Egypt and West Africa and even then, you’re 95% of the time wrong.

Furthermore, stop cultural appropriating a people who haven’t raised a finger in all of our time being here in America to help us or defend us. Miss me with that, “they got their own problems” bullshit. That right there tells me you should just be quiet. Go sit down and finish Hidden Colors, 1,2,3, and 4 that you only watched five minutes of.

You’re subjected to a lot of Christian fuckery on a daily basis.

brainwashed

Christian fuckery can come in all shapes and forms because it takes many shapes and forms just as fast as you can say, “I give it all to Jesus!”. Usually, it’s unavoidable because it’s unpredictable. You could be sitting at a bus stop, minding your own business and a wild Christian appears and uses absolve.

“Oh, thank you, Jesus! God is good! How are you today, Lee? I bullshit you not, she says that to me every time. It never fails. “I’m fine, just waiting on the bus.” She gives me a side glance and a once over at the same time. This woman is magical. “Well, you look like you need a hug. God is always by your side. I know how you feel about Jesus, but I pray for you every night.” You know how you sometimes catch yourself before you think you may say something you think you may regret later, you’re not all the way sure, but at the same time, you only care enough to not say anything because you have to socialize with this person almost every day? Yea, that was me. I wanted to say, “Whatever you’re praying for, it’s making shit worse, if it’s working at all. Please stop.” but, all I could muster through gritted teeth was a thank you.

It didn’t stop there.

“Well, girl one of our new neighbors are so nasty. I went over there to help them and whew, god it was BAD! I had to pray about it when I got home. Even the children were nasty, but I prayed about it. I even did a little hail mary as I got in the shower! Oh lord, let me stop talking about them. I’m better than that. Sorry, Jesus.” At this point, I wasn’t sure if she was talking to me or Jesus.

It’s just weird seeing them absolve themselves of judgment by bringing up Jesus. She repents on the go! It’s like some of them only help people just to judge them, to make them feel better about themselves. Then they justify it with Jesus. Jesus is the scapegoat that they can use to absolve them of any consequence.

You’re the reason as to why everything is about race. [See: Name of page]

Oh really? So I created white supremacy? I plundered the world and left terror and destruction in its wake everywhere I went? I murdered and almost wiped out an entire race just because I wanted what they had? I created segregation? Really? No, I am the reaction of those actions caused by white supremacy. Also, white power is not a culture. Never will be one.

Oh, and shit like this:

itsthebesttheycando

I was born black. You were taught religion

I just called his beliefs bullshit, but all I get is racist rhetoric from the 60’s. Never mind that I questioned his religion. Never mind that it is bullshit. Nope, he saw the word ‘Black’ and that’s all that mattered.

Christians, you have a lot of village idiots running around. Is that by design? So do atheists, but this post isn’t about them. I’m black, first. That’s a fact that’s very obvious in my everyday life. That’s the first thing people will ever see and that’s not even my fault. White supremacy made it that way.

You’ll have those that’ll say, “Well, why stoop down to their level?” Have you been asleep throughout history? Black people sat at counters, minding their own business when they were being bullied out of restaurants by racists. Black people have been minding their own business for quite some time, trying to stay peaceful. Trying to do what other people say, “ignore it and leave it alone”. Well, it isn’t leaving us alone. I refuse to be complacent in the face of any kind of racism. Fuck your arbitrary ass levels you set. Y.O.U. They don’t apply to me.

It’s like someone pissing on me and getting mad that I’m getting mad at them for pissing on me.

You sound fucking stupid.

Shut up.

black santa

Why can’t black kids have a Santa that looks like them?

Let’s put religion to aside here for a second, mostly because I’m black, first.

How foolish of me to believe that there would at least a little reprieve from all the outlandish and ridiculous amount of racism people of color have endured all year long around the holiday season. You online trolls have a lot of nerve.

Let me show you something:

black santa

Black Santa

Guess how many fucks were given? None! Guess who ‘member sitting on either lap? No one, not even me; I don’t ‘member. Guess who lived to see many Christmases after that without any psychological Santa trauma? Me. I’m fine. You know why? I didn’t care! Kids don’t care what color Santa Claus is, you do! The other 364 days of the year we’re told not to sit on strange men laps, but here I am, sitting on a strange man lap. I guess it’s okay since it’s Santa.

white-santa

Oh shit, a white Santa!

 

Social media has given racists this awesome medium to use to express their outrage; hypocritical or not. Mall of America is being boycotted over race in 2016 by a bunch of sniveling cowards hiding behind a Cheeto.

They’re boycotting a Black Santa, but they’re not boycotting the pipeline in North Dakota? The war on Christmas is much more important than the war on human decency? These are the same people who have a white Jesus hanging up in their home, not realizing that if Jesus were real, a middle-eastern wouldn’t be welcomed in America.

What’s so wrong with being black in America? Why is it when anything that’s not whitewashed so offensive to so many people? How can white people try and keep a religion white when it was never white, to begin with? Why can’t black kids have hope and see a black Santa for once? Do they realize they’re boycotting a fictional character?

Let’s ask Twitter, shall we?

a-white-christmas-indeed

On second thought let’s not.

See that shit? Do you see that petty, divisive, misinformed ass shit? I do. I also see the fact that “why do you always have to make it all about race?” is bullshit when I see shit like that. You can’t tell me “everything isn’t about race” then turn around and make it about race.

I hate to sound like a broken record to all the victims out there, but Santa isn’t real. He was the Grinch one Christmas, ‘member? I ‘member. It seems that Ol’ St. Nick can be green, blue, and white, but not black. Seeing their beloved Santa being black offends them.

I see what’s going on. It’s okay for it to be “all about race” to racists, but let me tell you something, according to history St. Nick was fourth century Turkish so he wouldn’t have been white anyway.

America is telling black people, black kids especially that it’s not okay to be black. We as parents have to stand up to this regressive nonsense. The importance of representation for black kids is much more important now, especially in the coming 4 – 8 years.

Happy Holidays.

Sources:
[http://fortune.com/2016/12/02/mall-of-america-black-santa/]
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas]

How Religion is Used As Emotional Blackmail/GUEST AUTHOR

by Raven Burnes

                       The hymn ended and the preacher launched into a highly emotional and symbolic sermon, recounting how our mothers had given birth to us, how they had nursed us from infancy, how they had tended us when we were sick, how they had seen us grow up, how they had watched over us, how they had always known what was best for us. He then called for yet another hymn, which was hummed. He chanted above it in a melancholy tone:

                        “Now, I’m asking the first mother who really loves her son to bring him to me for baptism!”

                        Goddam, I thought. It had happened quicker than I had expected. My mother was looking steadily at me.

                        “Come, son, let your old mother take you to God,” she begged. “I brought you into the world, now let me help to save you.”

                        She caught my hand and I held back.

                        “I’ve been as good a mother as I could,” she whispered through her tears.

                        “God is hearing every word,” the preacher underscored her plea.

                        This business of saving souls had no ethics; every human relationship was shamelessly exploited. In essence, the tribe was asking us whether we shared its feelings; if we refused to join the church, it was equivalent to saying no, to placing ourselves in the position of moral monsters. One mother led her beaten and frightened son to the preacher amid shouts of amen and hallelujah.

                        “Don’t you love your old crippled mother, Richard?” my mother asked. “Don’t leave me standing here with my empty hands, she said, afraid that I would humiliate her in public.

                        It was no longer a question of my believing in God; it was no longer a matter of whether I would steal or lie or murder; it was a simple, urgent matter of public pride, a matter of how much I had in common with other people. If I refused, it meant that I did not love my mother, and no man in that tight little black community had ever been crazy enough to let himself be placed in such a position. My mother pulled my arm and I walked with her to the preacher and shook his hand, a gesture that made me a candidate for baptism. There were more songs and prayers; it lasted until well after midnight. I walked home limp as a rag; I had not felt anything except sullen anger and a crushing sense of shame. Yet I was somehow glad that I had got it over with; no barriers now stood between me and the community.

                        “Mama, I don’t feel a thing,” I told her truthfully.

                        “Don’t you worry; you’ll grow into feeling it,” she assured me.

                        And when I confessed to the other boys that I felt nothing, they too admitted that they felt nothing.

                        “But the main thing is to be a member of the church,” they said (Wright 154-155).

I am currently reading Richard Wright’s autobiography Black Boy, and scenes like the one above are plentiful. Religion and “faith” are waved around like a spiked billy club designed to usher all wayward freethinkers into submission. I was struck by how little has changed in terms of how much pressure is put on people to make a “decision” for God – a decision that seems to be more about other people – and their power and reputation – than it is about you.

I realize that this pressure probably has evolutionary origins. We are a social species. Family/tribe membership has always been essential for our survival. Nevertheless, as we continue to evolve as a species, our concept of “the tribe” is necessarily expanding. With this expansion, I am hopeful that the outdated emotional blackmail used to bully children – and anyone who thinks differently – into religion will fall away as well.

 

Work Cited

Wright, Richard. Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth. New York: Perennial Classics, 1998. 154-155. Print.