Africa: The AfroSpear Carnival: Religion and Negritude

This is the Second AfroSpear Carnival dealing with the theme of religion and negritude: Two brave souls so far have dipped into this subject with honesty and clarity. First, Femigog @Sable Eklectik lets loose with righteous truth in “Carnival of Faith.” Then, we have DJ Black Adam in counterpoint to Femigog, providing his analysis with “Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion?”

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  • The short answer in my opinion is yes. It helps to keep us colonized and encourages us to join in the spirit of colonization through supposed liberation (mining Honduran harbors, oil harvesting in “other” parts of the world), but I digress.

    The brand of Christianity practiced today is and was meant to be oppressive and confining. It encourages immobility as we “wait” for deliverance rather than delivering ourselves. While we are turning the other cheek people are handing out beat downs, nooses, torture and rape and topping that off with a little penal system inequality…

    I read two really informative blogs on the origins of Christianity as a faith with African roots and Ensayn Reality and DJ Adams blog. Both offered wonderful insight into the origins of the faith pre-colonization.

    It would be wonderful if in Sunday school the lessons began with that sort of background on the faith but it doesn’t. Nowhere do we hear about the African Kings and Queens who followed Jesus. Instead we are taught from the King James version of the Bible which has inconsistencies too varied to catalog not to mention this message of patience rather than self defense. In short if we just sit tight and trust in the Lord (how long have we been sitting? 400 years and much Jim Crow later many of us still sit)he is going to do the work for us.
    My blog entry on the subject is posted at Afrospear Carnival as well as the ones I mention by Ensayn Reality and DJ Adam Black. I hope more people tackle the subject. I am really interested in what others have to say on the subject.

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