More Afican Americans are coming out as Atheists

I saw this and thought I had to share it.

My father would always saw to me that he refuses to pray to a white Jesus. and he also said that if he got to heaven the first question he would ask God is "Why did you make me Black?" and if he was reincarnated that he would come back as a white guy and enjoy the spoils of being on top. i always thought that was funny. So read on and discuss. I'd like to hear your thoughts on race and religion

-Blu

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/24/blacks-mirroring-larger-u_...

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Comment by Apple on May 27, 2010 at 9:40pm
Even if Jesus was an actual historical figure (which is very unlikely) he certainly wouldn't be "white." We always say that man made god in his image... this is just a bit more obvious than usual.
Comment by Bluradio on May 28, 2010 at 1:00am
@Adriana Thank you for your response and information! "All I can say is that as an atheist, the more, the merrier, and the more diverse, even better! This way we can all share our experiences and perspectives." I concur!! I am glad that more people are become aware of the idiotic ideas of praying to an imaginary being who looks like a hippie (although hippies are kinda cool) or looks like a cartoon character or you don't even know what he looks like because its a sin to DRAW him!

@Apple you hit it right on the head Apple. My dad figured that out the moment you put 2 seconds of thought into it which is why he's always been a religious heretic/skeptic. Thanks for your comment!

We always say that man made god in his image... this is just a bit more obvious than usual.
Wonderfully put!
Comment by Gerald Scott on May 28, 2010 at 8:39am
Welcome Bluradio. My friend, Awa, practices Kwanzaa. She's one of the few that understand where I'm coming from. She said many blacks are afraid to leave their religion. Do you find that true?
Comment by Bluradio on May 28, 2010 at 7:52pm
@Gerald and Adriana. Unfortunately both of you are right. Black people are historically religious, so much so it is part of the black identity to be a person of faith. The reason the consequences are so dire in my opinion is that the theists believe that once you left the church you left the "race". its like a betrayal, and this shows how the concept of race (black or white) can rob a person of individuality and personal freedom. African Americans feel obliged to be religious but i think if you have to do something then you'll never be free from it.
Comment by Sid Knight on May 28, 2010 at 9:08pm
Apple, I say that all the time. jesus was a JEW or "hebrew" there were not black or write. I think it is rather racist to have to have your "savior" the same color as yourself! Both black and white jesus are just proof of how racist white AND black people really are! Where is Chinese jesus?
Comment by Sid Knight on May 28, 2010 at 9:08pm
i mean there for not there were, sorry
Comment by Sid Knight on May 28, 2010 at 9:11pm
and to the OP, being white has not made my life any easier for me. I have had to work just as hard as any black person....i just choose to DO the work and not blame my hardship on another race! It isn't so much color that makes things easier on you...it's having lots of money at birth!
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on May 29, 2010 at 7:55am
Maybe I'm missing something here, but wasn't Christianity forced upon the black people when they were brought to the Americas as slaves? Wasn't it the Bible that supported this slavery? My people were under the rule of various outer powers for a long time, but all the time Christian clergy remained the constant tool to oppress, so I am very pissed every time some asshole claims you have to be a Christian to be a real Latvian.

Ask them, how is it betraying your race to leave an institution that supported the enslaving of your people and executed their forceful cultural assimilation? Not to mention all the shit that went on between abolishon of slavery and actually achieving the same civil rights as the whites.
Comment by Shine on May 29, 2010 at 10:51am
Sid, although nearly a full generation has passed since the second set of civil rights legislation (the first being the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which was virtually nullified by the subsequent ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson and its abhorrent "separate but equal" doctrine), there is still undeniable socioeconomic disparity amongst the races. This does not meant that every white person is born with a silver spoon nor does it mean that every black person is born in abject poverty. However, statistics show that race is still directly correlated with wealth. Why is this? I am not fit to speculate upon the numerous economic and cultural factors which are potentially at play.

Your statement that being white has made your life no easier is illogical to boot. How do you know this? Have you been able to examine how your life would be if you had been born a different race and then compare the two scenarios? How do you know that you have had to work just as hard as any black person? Do you think that all black people have to work the same amount to achieve the same things?

Being white is no guarantee against experiencing hardships, but it certainly does tip the scales in your favor.
Comment by Judy Booth on May 30, 2010 at 7:21pm
With sadness I met, befriended and loved many Africans while in West Africa for a year. In Ghana, especially, what the mostly white missionaries did to Black people in the name of god is a tragedy that exceeds what we did in America. Any hope of "aiding" Africa while they are still shackled to this religion (and Islam) is a farce. On the lighter side, I remember, but can't exactly quote Alice Walker saying that African-Americans took a religion forced upon them and turned it into a cohesive community of beautiful song and hope.

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