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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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?

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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]

“Is it possible to be accepted as a black atheist without being anti-white?”

Yes, someone asked that very question. My answer is yes. There’s no club – just a descriptive label for other people to understand your nonreligious stance. Nothing more, nothing less. To feel as if one has to be accepted into the black atheist community based on a set of standards and mindsets leaves me to believe that there’s a lot of miseducation afoot.

Atheism is a simple concept: You lack a deity. That’s it. It’s kind of different for black people because of how they believe they became religious. I mentioned this before, but not a lot of people know this: White people didn’t shove Christianity down your ancestor’s throats. Christianity is – excuse my language – is really fucking old. It’s always been there. A lot of black atheists use that as the “nail in the coffin” to their arguments. Yes, it doesn’t make it right because white people did in fact, use it to keep us enslaved. They’re wrong, but let’s be right about that wrong, okay? Okay. Moving on…

“Is it possible to be accepted as a black atheist without being anti-white?”

I’m still hung up on the ‘accepted’ part of the question. It looks and feels out of place. You’re not joining a cult, you’re reverting back to what you were before you – if you were – indoctrinated. You live your life minus a deity. I think that is as simple as I can say it.

I’m a black atheist, but I’m not anti-white. They’re not mutually exclusive nor should they be. Calling white people the ‘white devil’ is cute in theory, but it’s not realistic. I’m talking more towards the hoteps now because y’all are ridiculous and need to get over yourselves. What I’m getting at is you don’t have to be anti-white to be a black atheist. That’s totally unnecessary. It’s like trying to find a reason to be prejudice when there’s no need. There’s never a need. You can be pro-black and not be anti-white.

Some would argue: “Well, what would it hurt being anti-white? What power do we have being anti-white? Why would they care?” These are all the wrong questions. The questions that should be asked are: Who told you that black atheism came with being prejudice, too? Why would you want to be anti-white?  What exactly does that solve?

You don’t have to be anti-white to be a black atheist and being a black atheist doesn’t mean being anti-white. There’s no acceptance committee, no cult, no judges, or jury.

Just you. Free from religion.

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.

 

 

Where Are All The Moderate White Christians Denouncing Planned Parenthood Shooting?

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Nowhere to be found, but as expected. You see, they don’t have much to say when the spotlight is on them. Suddenly, he’s a lone wolf and doesn’t represent Christianity as a whole. There’s a built-in double-standard that for some reason, refuses to be made a topic of discussion.

Dear White Guys: The shoe is on the other foot and it is binding, no?

[We’re] thugs and come from the ghetto and broken homes and we’re not allowed to protest due to black-on-black crime because it somehow makes us look like hypocrites.

Regardless of the motives, whatever those may be it doesn’t remove the fact that there are a lot of people quiet when if it were someone of color, they’d be all over Faux News.

& This is why the Ku Klux Klan still exist. That is why far more Americans have been killed in domestic mass shooting events than have been killed in Islamic terrorist attacks.

Related: Yes, The Planned Parenthood Shooter is A ‘Christian Terrorist

What’s weird is that somehow Muslims have to apologize for Paris yet black people are still waiting on reparations. No one is riding up  Robert Lewis Dear ass to make him apologize.

Update: Closing comments due to ignorance.