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Last Friday, Jerry Falwell, Jr. took to Fox News to proclaim that in Donald Trump, “evangelicals have found their dream president.” Two years ago, this statement would have made virtually no sense, at least on the surface. To many outside the white evangelical world, it seemed — and still seems — inconceivable that a thrice-married serial adulterer, ultimate materialist, casino owner, habitual liar, and unprincipled deal-maker could ever become the standard bearer for a group that professes to base their vote on “family values.”

How times have changed. In the two years since Trump announced his candidacy, we have seen a remarkable moral unmasking of white Americans who call themselves Christian, and in particular those who claim the “evangelical” label. Eighty-one percent of white evangelical voters cast their vote for Donald Trump, and the most recent Pew Research poll puts Trump’s support after his first 100 days in office at 78 percent among white evangelicals (and 80 percent among white evangelicals who attend church once a month).

So it makes sense that Falwell would be asked to rate the president on his first 100 days from an evangelical perspective: Falwell was essentially a surrogate for Trump during much of the campaign. And in late January, Trump asked Falwell to lead a taskforce on higher education policy, whose aim is to recommend changes that should be made to Department of Education policies and procedures. He has indicated in particular that he wants to curb or eliminate federal rules that he views as overly burdensome, including the requirement that schools must investigate campus sexual assault under Title IX, a federal law banning discrimination in education.

Given Falwell’s close relationship with Trump’s campaign and administration, it’s unsurprising that he spoke so glowingly about what he views as the Trump administration’s accomplishments so far. Here are some of the claims Falwell made for why Trump is a “dream president” for evangelicals:

  • Trump is more pro-Israel than Obama.
  • He appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • He has appointed people of faith to his Cabinet.
  • Trump will destroy ISIS, thereby saving the lives of many persecuted Christians in the region.
  • Trump supports secure borders (e.g. the wall).
  • Trump is bringing jobs back to America.
  • Trump is cracking down on “sanctuary cities.”

Falwell made a point to note that he felt “… evangelicals didn’t just vote on social issues this time, because the Republican establishment had lied to them over decades about those issues, and so instead, they went a different direction,” which was his explanation for why so many white evangelicals are “thrilled” about Trump’s hardline positions on immigration. In supporting Trump’s crackdowns and, in Trump’s words, “big” and “beautiful” wall that will keep immigrants out, Falwell is explicitly and proudly saying that white evangelicals voted for Trump not in spite of his racist and xenophobic rhetoric about undocumented immigrants, but because of this rhetoric. How that relates to Christians, including evangelicals, who are in direct relationship to the undocumented immigrants and refugees that Trump wants to deport or keep out of our country, Falwell didn’t say.

Falwell also didn’t mention that Trump’s agenda and proposed budget would brutally cut off vital support to all “the least of these” that Jesus asks us to protect in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s gospel — or that a broad cross-section of leaders from all our Christian families, including the National Association of Evangelicals, have pleaded with this administration and Congress not to do so.

As in this latest interview, Jerry Falwell, Jr. has once again shown himself to be nothing more or less than a Republican political operative, interested in advancing his preferred policy agenda much more than examining what it means to be a Christian. Famously, when the Access Hollywood tape came out with Trump bragging his ability to commit sexual assault with impunity, Falwell stood by Trump, suggesting a “conspiracy” of GOP establishment leaders was to blame for the leak. Falwell also said that “we’re never going to have a perfect candidate unless Jesus Christ is on the ballot” and defended Trump as “a changed man,” saying, “We’re not electing a pastor. We’re electing a president.”

You can imagine how jarring it was and is to see the same religious right figures who (rightly) condemned Bill Clinton’s infidelity come to Trump’s defense. A startling poll in October 2016 showed the dramatic change in white evangelical attitudes: In 2011, only 30 percent of white evangelicals agreed with the idea that “an elected official can behave ethically even if they have committed immoral acts in their personal life.” By October 2016, that figure had jumped to 72 percent. This was the largest recorded change on the answer to this question of any racial, religious, or political demographic measured by this poll.

The issue here is not Christians voting differently from each other. That is normal and likely healthy given the independence that people of faith should show over partisan loyalties. This is about the moral hypocrisy of white American evangelical religious right leaders like Jerry Falwell, Jr. causing a crisis in the church, dividing American Christians on racial lines, and astonishing the worldwide body of Christ — the international majority of evangelical Christians who are people of color — and whose leaders keep asking many of us what in the world is going on with white American evangelicals.

That number, 81 percent, has become an international symbol that tragically now represents what white American evangelicalism stands for. It dramatically and painfully symbolizes the white ethno-nationalism that Donald Trump appeals to and continues to draw support from among white American evangelicals. It is the most revealing and hurtful metric of what I will call the racial idolatry of white American evangelical Christianity, which clearly excludes American evangelicals of color and the global majority of evangelicals. The 81 percent number ultimately signifies a betrayal of the body of Christ — which is the most racially inclusive and diverse community in the world today.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. and I believe in different gospels. With Falwell, of course, this is also a like father like son history. Jerry Falwell, Sr. opposed the civil rights movement and the black churches who led it. On the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education that integrated public schools, Falwell, Sr. preached:

“If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God’s word and had desired to do the Lord’s will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision would never have been made … The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line … The true Negro does not want integration …. He realizes his potential is far better among his own race … [integration] will destroy our race eventually. In one northern city, a pastor friend of mine tells me that a couple of opposite race live next door to his church as man and wife.”

In fact, he founded the Liberty Christian Academy in 1967, which the Lynchburg News at the time described as “a private school for white students.”

He also attacked Martin Luther King, Jr., saying:

“I must personally say that I do question the sincerity and nonviolent intentions of some civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. James Farmer, and others, who are known to have left-wing associations … It is very obvious that the Communists, as they do in all parts of the world, are taking advantage of a tense situation in our land, and are exploiting every incident to bring about violence and bloodshed.”

As late as the 1980s, Falwell, Sr. personally attacked South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu by calling him a “phony” and campaigned against sanctioning the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Falwell, Sr. later distanced himself from these views, but they remain an important element explaining the origin of the religious right and the views of too many white evangelicals today.

Racism is not a gospel issue to the Falwells, and never has been. That Donald Trump began his political career with a racist lie about America’s first black president isn’t an issue for Falwell, Jr. That Trump opened his campaign by demonizing immigrants in calling them “rapists” and “criminal” doesn’t matter to Jr. either. And Trump’s xenophobic assaults on Muslims seems to be something that Falwell. also agrees with, as his comments at the Liberty University convocation in 2015 indicate. After the San Bernardino shootings, he told his audience that he had a gun in his back pocket ready to use against “those Muslims:” “I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in … let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”

It is important to remember that the majority of American evangelicals of color, and the 19 percent of us white evangelicals who voted with them — against Trump — did so because we are pro-life and pro-family. For all of us, Trump’s racial bigotry was a deal breaker and disqualifier of a Christian vote. That only a few conservative evangelical leaders, like Southern Baptist Russell Moore, took that stance was one of the saddest things about the 2016 election.

Racism and racial bigotry is a gospel issue, and overcoming our human divisions in a new multi-cultural community was at the center of the vocation of the early church. Last week, when I debated Eric Metaxas, an ally of Jerry Falwell, Jr., he said that raising the issue of race is not Christian — that talking about racism was racist. No. Unlike Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whom he has written about, Metaxas — like Falwell — has gotten the gospel wrong. It’s time for other white evangelicals to call out the white American evangelical leaders who have yet to speak out against the racial politics of President Donald Trump in his campaign, in his first 100 days, and going forward. The integrity of the church is at stake, as is our relationship with our brothers and sisters of color in United States, and our loyalty to the global multi-color majority of the body of Christ.

Let’s go back to Falwell’s characterization of Trump as a “dream president” for evangelicals. He can only mean white evangelicals. I can testify to a legion of conversations with African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American evangelicals who would describe Donald Trump as a “nightmare” president. Ditto for almost all black parents and black pastors. Certainly Trump is a nightmare for Hispanic people in America, who are living under fear of their families being destroyed by the new president’s aggressive deportation policies.

That Trump is the dream president for people like Falwell and such a nightmare for the vast majority of evangelical, Pentecostal, and Catholic Christians around the world, and our brothers and sisters of color in the United States, really says it all.

This stark contrast reveals white evangelical Christianity in America as a bubble — a very destructive one, and one that is about to burst.

By Jim Wallis

Posted by The NON-Conformist

They’re two christian shows I regularly enjoy, “Unbelievable” and “The Jude 3 Project” both for different reasons. My issue is the christian aesthetic. I believe people can worship any deity they please without worrying about being smeared or maligned. Did you discover god or were you born into an already made world. People act as if what they believe, I’m speaking of christians in this instance that their view or way is the only way. This is so destructive and distracting. Not to seem or sound one sided, all these groups feel the same from all the Abrahamic religions. The problem that arises is the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom. To some this verse has meaning to others, its meaningless, void of structure. People spend so much time defending the word they don’t take time to read it. Study to show thyself approved or always be willing to give an answer; as long as it agrees with the christian dogma. As an insider for a very long time and now and outsider I’ve noticed one important thing. That is that people derive their values from scripture but insert their own values.

A question I ask myself. How does one believe and why they believe the way they do. You have to believe it to be true or not. There’s no middle ground, we are surrounded by all types of beliefs, some rationed some not so much. When we look to our limited belief system, me as a black person not as easy as you think since I don’t have a faith, it makes more sense to me. Especially  if i’m trying to reason to have a firm footing. In my earnest opinion you first have to alleviate faith, faith is nothing more than fear disguised as truth. Secondly to balance everything you need history as well as science. Lastly you really have to grapple with textual criticism. You also have two deal with black or white, it does make a difference. Think about it this way, Europe has never created a religion it was the darker races since everything started in Africa as it is known today. This can easily be proven from science as well as your bible.

As I told someone teach Jesus/Yashua is black as well as the inhabitants of the bible, whats wrong with this. It’s quit simple. Think of a black child who gets his affection and discipline from the mother and father but god is white. He or she see’s his parents as the first god figure. That goes to all races. Thats traumatic when the child grows up and see’s first hand, blacks were and are second hand citizens today and the god is white. Simply look at the political climate and how laws are being passed especially in the south to strip blacks of their voting rights. For some they are thinking what this has to do with race; everything! The person who ask the question needs to not worry, it doesn’t affect you. The culture that creates the religion creates the god in their image. We aren’t claiming any type of racial supremacy, its sad to go into a black church with a white Jesus image, we don’t go into white churches with a black image of Jesus even with all the information from the scriptures. This is religious dogma 101 from I speak. We know to much we have too much information, time to teach better truths. Think about the statement from MLK that Sunday is the most segregated day of the week. Please, lets have honest dialogue we learn from one another. If the church is divided, how does the world see hope.

Written by John the Revelator

Allow me to say firstly, you are an artist and that’s how people view you. They don’t believe you have the insight to look at the world unless it’s from the view of a christian lens, also truth must be told; you’re black! I have to say you have put yourself in a precarious situation. You want to talk about the subject of racism. My question is, do you really want to be a black man, speaking to a white identity about a subject they may know more about than you. Racism white supremacy runs deep, deeper than you will ever know or understand. You made the first mistake by referencing it by calling it racism. I dare to say you or many blacks do not know the definition of racism. Racism isn’t about liking someone. 1. It is a group concept, your god created it. 2. It is based on economics, color only was included during the 1500’s because of enslavement. 3. It is about groups that are competing for control of resources, wealth and power to use it to benefit “their” people. once they get enough , they can shut down, enslave another group. This is the very reason you can’t be a racist. Please understand this, because what you don’t understand will only confuse you!

The only way to speak on this subject is honestly, are people ready to acknowledge the very subject of your jesus and his white identity.  All of this matters! Race identity is within your bible, Jesus says he’s only interested in the house of Israel. Whoever creates the religion creates the god identity and how that god looks. Your history is a stolen one, think about it this way. If you were the first created in Ethiopia; what happened? Our history was before and after slavery.

Understand young brother, you can’t hide under the guise of christianity, it only further hides truth. Are you going to talk about enslavement, how land is taken, now and then. Speak about the issue of gentrification as James Baldwin so eloquently referred to it as negro removal. Okay, what about housing policies , employment insurance, social security, why we make up more black bodies in the prison industrial complex, redlining. In 1910 they started zoning cities by race, hence came ghettos. Let’s talk about bad loans, G.I. Bill, inferior education. Read about how the new deal affected blacks, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson. If you want to find out why your message about racism will ruin your career in white circles. Think about what your doing before you continue, you’ll find out white christians aren’t as tolerable/tolerant as you think. This subject goes so much deeper than you think. We have to deal with this subject head on, don’t be ashamed. I used to be confused, I’m less confused today. I put black first, not religion! I left religion or christianity alone awhile ago, I’m able to look at individuals and cultures more carefully. Not through the lens of a god or bible, you will only believe you’re correct and everyone else in wrong or going to HELL.

Written by John the Revelator

In a very candid video appeal on Wednesday, popular Christian rapper Lecrae challenged his “white brothers and sisters” to explain why they never protest when he talks about issues like abortion or the Islamic State terror group, but usually express concern when he speaks out about racial injustice.

“I have historically posted things about abortion, Planned Parenthood, and my thoughts on that. I’ve sat down with leading thinkers and pastors. I’ve done videos, posted those videos. Talked about ISIS and the terror that is ISIS and how it has affected us all, it affected our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world,” said the rapper in the video posted to his Facebook page.

“In both of those instances I have received encouragement and people saying thank you for speaking about this. We appreciate this, specifically from my white brothers and sisters. But yet, when I’ve spoken out recently about what I see to be authoritative or racial injustice, there is this sentiment of what feels like hostility,” he explained.

“I don’t want to read into people’s comments but it feels like hostility or defensiveness. And many times there’s a response of ‘why don’t you talk about ISIS? Or why don’t you talk about abortion?’ And I’ve never seen on the times when I’ve spoken about persecution or abortion people respond with ‘why don’t you talk about racial injustice?’ And so I’m interested in understanding what the sentiment here is?” he said while warning against antagonistic reactions.

Lecrae’s challenge came after making two earlier posts highlighting the shocking body camera video showing the shooting death of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19 and excerpts from the 2001 book, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by sociologists Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith.

Pointing to the excerpt from the book, Lecrae highlighted that “boats need rockin[g].”

Traversing history, we find some common markers. Because evangelicals view their primary task as evangelism and discipleship, they tend to avoid issues that hinder these activities. Thus they are generally not counter-cultural. With some significant exceptions, they avoid ‘rocking the boat,’ and live within the confines of the larger culture. At times they have been able to call for and realize social change, but most typically their influence has been limited to alterations at the margins.

So, despite having the subcultural tools to call for radical changes in race relations, they most consistently call for changes in persons that leave the dominant social structures, institutions, and culture intact. This avoidance of boat rocking unwittingly leads to granting power to larger economic and social forces. It also means that evangelicals’ views to a considerable extent conform to the socioeconomic conditions of their time. Evangelicals usually fail to challenge the system not just out of concern for evangelism, but also because they support the American system and enjoy its fruits. They share the Protestant work ethic, support laissez-faire economics, and sometimes fail to evaluate whether the social system is consistent with their Christianity.

Challenged by the discussion, a number of the rapper’s white fans provided insights he called helpful.

“The white race feels victimized by all this news (not new at all) about racism. It’s rooted in our insecurity and ignorance of what race and culture actually is. Some people would rather talk about issues that don’t involve themselves in any way as a possible culprit. They’d rather point the finger than be vulnerable,” noted Nathan Miller in a response that was liked nearly 2,000 times.

“I think defensiveness is greater on race relations as opposed to abortion and ISIS because of the characters involved. So with ISIS you have evil, unequivocal evil. So there is no defensiveness and people want to talk about that. With abortion, you have innocence (not speaking theologically but of perception), so people want to wade into those waters to protect the innocent. With race relations you have complexity, as there is abuse from both sides,” wrote Eric Dickey.

“There is an element of aggression and intimidation present in the urban black community. It’s undeniable. There is aggression and intimidation and power abuse by police. But many white people can’t see that side of the police, because we see our neighbor, or our uncle, or cousin, or dad. It’s close. So, to delve into this discussion requires caution and gray lines, and people don’t like that. I don’t know. It’s a heartbreaking issue. It’s hard being this divided, and knowing you don’t want to be,” he added in his comment that was liked nearly 1,000 times.

“Lecrae, I am a 54-year-old Caucasian female who loves your music and the way you speak truth. I believe this is a conversation that needs to happen, and I believe that unless people can be honest without being ugly nothing will be accomplished,” noted Tracy Enman Carrasquillo.

From CP

Posted by John the Revelator

White Christians are now a minority in 19 states.

There’s been a lot of media attention recently to the changing demographics of the United States, where, at current rates, people who identify as “white” are expected to become a minority by the year 2050. But in many ways, the shift in national demographics has been accelerated beyond even that. New data from the American Values Atlas shows that while white people continue to be the majority in all but 4 states in the country, white Christians are the minority in a whopping 19 states. And, nationwide, Americans who identify as Protestant are now in the minority for the first time ever, clocking in at a mere 47 percent of Americans and falling.

The most obvious reason for this change is growing racial diversity. Most Americans still identify as Christian, but “Christian” is a group that is less white and less Protestant than it has been at any time in history. The massive growth in Hispanic Catholics, in particular, has been a major factor in this shift in the ethnic and religious identity of this country. White Catholics used to outnumber Hispanic Catholics 3 to 1 in the 2000s, but now it’s only by a 2 to 1 margin.

But another major reason religious diversity is outpacing the growth of racial/ethnic diversity is largely due to the explosive growth in non-belief among Americans. One in five Americans now identifies as religiously unaffiliated. In 13 states, the “nones” are the largest religious group. Non-religious people now equal Catholics in number, and their proportion is likely to grow dramatically, as young people are by far the most non-religious group in the country. This isn’t some kind of side effect of their youth, either. As Adam Lee has noted, the millennial generation is becoming less religious as they age.

These changes explain the modern political landscape as well as any economic indicator. While not all white Christians are conservative, these changing numbers definitely suggest that conservative Christians are rapidly losing their grip on power. And while some non-white Christians are conservative, their numbers are not making up for what the Christian right is losing. And whether conservative leaders are aware of the exact numbers or not, it’s clear that they sense that change is in the air. Just by speaking to young people, turning on your TV, or reading the Internet, you can sense the way the country is lurching away from conservative Christian values and towards a more liberal, secular outlook. And conservative Christians aren’t taking these changes well at all.

To look at the Christian right now is to see a people who know they are losing power and are desperately trying to reassert dominance before it’s lost altogether. The most obvious example of this is the frenzy of anti-abortion activity in recent years. Anti-choice forces have controlled the Republican Party since the late ’70s, but only in the past few years have they concentrated so singlemindedly on trying to destroy legal abortion in wide swaths of the country. In 2011 alone, states passed nearly three times as many abortion restrictions as they had in any previous year.

None of this is a reaction to any changes in people’s sexual behavior or reproductive choices. It’s not like there was a spike in abortions causing this panic. In fact, the abortion rate has been declining. And despite continuing media panic over adolescent sexuality, the fact is that teenagers are waiting longer to have sex, on average, than in the past. Despite this, not only are you seeing a dramatic increase in attacks on legal abortion, the Christian right has expanded its attacks to contraception access, suggesting that something has worked them into a panic they believe can only be resolved by trying to reassert their religious and sexual values.

That something isn’t changes in sexual behavior, but it’s reasonable to believe it’s because of changes in sexual values. People might not be having more sex, but they are feeling less guilty about the sex they are having. Since Gallup first started polling people in 2001 on moral views, acceptance of consensual sex between adults has skyrocketed. In a decade’s time, acceptance of premarital sex swelled from 53% to 66% of Americans and acceptance of gay Americans grew from a mere 38% to a majority of Americans. Even polyamory has become more acceptable for Americans, rising from being accepted by 5% of Americans to 14%.

The fact that these changes in attitude are rising alongside the growth of irreligiosity is not a coincidence. More perhaps even than the 1960s, Americans are in a period of questioning rigid sexual and religious mores, and concluding, in increasing numbers, that they are not down with guilt-tripping people for victimless behavior and demanding conformity for its own sake. Some of them–now a whopping 22% of Americans!–are leaving religion entirely. Some are continuing in their faith but choosing to interpret their values differently than Christian conservatives would like.

And so we see Christian conservatives cracking down in a desperate bid to regain control. They claim that they’re being oppressed by increasing tolerance for religious diversity. They have latched onto, with some success, the claim that “religious freedom” requires giving Christians the right to oppress others. The Republican Party is in complete thrall to the religious right, to the point where giving the Christian right one go-nowhere symbolic bill instead of another one created a major political crisis.

The irony is that this panic-based overreach is just making the situation worse for the Christian right. One of the biggest reasons the secularization trend has accelerated in recent years is that young people see the victim complex and the sex policing of the Christian right and it’s turning them off. And they’re not just rejecting conservative Christianity but the entire idea of organized religion altogether. In other words, the past few years have created a self-perpetuating cycle: Christian conservatives, in a panic over changing demographics, start cracking down. In reaction, more people give up on religion. That causes the Christian right to panic more and crack down more. In the end, Christian conservatives are going to hasten their own demise by trying to save themselves. Not that any of us should be crying for them.

By Amanda Marcotte / AlterNet

Posted by John the Revelator

An enigma is something that is hard to understand and explain. Understanding the black question in so few words proves my point all the more. I, as a black person, can shed light on the situation far better than someone from a different race or culture that only looks at the question from the outside without the experience of being black. A piece written by Michael Brown, “Who is Killing Black Americans? Could It Be Other Black Americans?” got me to thinking. I’m sure his heart was in the right place but his piece was one-sided. Before I continue, let me add, I’ve listened to his radio program Line of Fire off and on for many years as well as listening to him speak on black issues many times. Each time I was left confused.

Many who call into his show seem to agree with his narrative. In saying that, I see no problem with that per se. People think differently based on their experiences. I once thought differently as a believer, I was going through a different way of looking at the world through a different lens. I understand this might be picked apart, but it must be said: Blacks who become believers seem to alienate their blackness to coincide with the beliefs of white believers and to not be seen as trouble makers. I had a buddy who thought like this and I told him, it doesn’t matter how much Christian fervor you possess, people are still looking at what is in front of them; which is a black face! I once was part of an Ecclesia and when voting season came around people would say don’t vote for your pockets, vote for your morals. This phrase was always funny to me as it usually came from white women who stayed home while the husbands worked their six figure jobs. Nothing wrong with that, only making a specific point! Culturally we saw things differently.

I reread Brown’s piece and again I was left confused. What bothered me mostly are that people are going to read it and believe what he wrote is the truth, when it’s only a truth that he brings. I’m sure many others will follow his line of reasoning for whatever reason. He says “the percentage of blacks killed by police is higher than the percentage of whites, per capita, this is hardly the biggest problem faced by African Americans”. This isn’t the biggest problem but it is a huge problem. Blacks make up 13 percent of the population but are 50 percent of homicide victims.

He then averted back to the myth of black on black violence (crime). He mentioned more white killings, saying 89 percent of white victims are harmed by white offenders. Mr. Brown says “for the record, black on white crime is astronomically higher than white on black crime”. Whites are six times as likely to be murdered by another white person as by a black person according to FBI and Bureau of Justice statistics. The percentage of white Americans who will be murdered by a black offender in a given year is 0.0002. To my earlier point, black on black crime is a myth. It’s simple, you kill where you live. When a white kills another white, is it called white on white crime?

Michael Brown makes great points, I don’t argue that. I argue why focus on this in relation to Michael Brown who was murdered. Michael Brown wasn’t fatherless. Why didn’t he deal with the main issue? Why not rip apart Darren Wilson’s story of how he said he angled his car so the youths couldn’t escape. Escape what? Wilson didn’t know anything about a robbery and it’s unclear whether there was even a robbery. What about the released picture of his face which looked like blush was applied to it? Yet Michael Brown felt no need to bring up these issues. I can speak from my experiences, I’ve done some dumb stuff in my life but of all the people I know they take care of their children and are married to the mother of their childen. Sure, I know some who aren’t but those numbers are minute; I’m speaking a 40 to 1 ratio.

The other issues: violence, drug abuse, the incarceration rate, and education can all be answered. Why is it that blacks make up 40 percent of the prison population? There is a problem, but blacks aren’t the real issue; they are the scapegoat. Our prison system is a for- profit system. Private prisons are suing states for millions if they don’t stay full. We also must understand that crime is down and has been steadily declining. This speaks also to the false outrage about illegal immigration; corporations and companies need this to keep up their exploitation. Illegal immigrants and blacks make up the largest block of the prison system. America has a problem, and yes it’s a race problem. How is it that other countries are closing down jails for lack of people to fill them? Read my article about this. Another question that goes unanswered: Why does the music biz have so much stock in private prisons? Let’s speak on the drug war briefly; we know it’s a farce. How did drugs get in the black community? This isn’t a conspiracy, thanks to Reagan, Oliver North and the CIA, as a cover-up to providing guns to the America’s support of the Contras. All this is well documented, nothing conspiratorial about it. Gary Webb a real investigative reporter brought this story to the light of day only to be murdered, disguised as suicide. Privatizing also hurts education, another informative piece of work, The Choice by Samuel F. Yette.

I could go on and I’m not making excuses for what takes place; I’m only offering that there is more to it than meets the eye. America is a country with a long history of white supremacy. How is it that after slavery blacks had skills but couldn’t sell their labor? After being quasi-free, they were unable to compete. During Reconstruction, the so called free market with its falsity of competition, Jim Crow was created, which stopped us from sharing in American society. Things were so bad blacks sold themselves back into slavery. As for education, we were unable to read or learn and very few of us were able to go to white universities whose endowments were slave monies, and still are today. Books such as, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder, a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Black Labor White Wealth by Claud Anderson lay bare the inequalities blacks have suffered. Blacks never benefited from the Treaty of 1866; where Native Americans received land and monies, just as the Japanese did after Pearl Harbor. Even though Blacks fought in the wars we could not receive the same benefits as white soldiers e.g., G.I. Bill. Blacks have done well in spite of everything we’ve had to face. We didn’t crumble and give up, and we shouldn’t. There is a system of white supremacy that has always dominated our society and will continue. We have some groups that are doing good, but mostly bad. Churches have become political to buy off votes. It’s been split into a left (liberal) and right (conservative/Christian) dynamic, which is totally stupid. We all play a part, but the biggest part is telling the truth. History will be our biggest teacher, and we must also be taught by people who look like us. Take Texas for instance, they want to change the history books to make positive the delusion of American Exceptionalism. They want to take the Transatlantic Slave Trade out the textbooks, as if to say it never existed.

Again, is there a problem in Black America, Yes! It’s one that is completely white- washed. We can look to whomever, we can pray to them too but we have to fix us, the system is broken and the cycle will continue. Don’t misunderstand; the larger parts will continue to remain broken. The smaller parts of the system, such as voting or recalling corrupt DA’s, can be fixed. As you can see, the world is dominated by the few. Balance will never be fully achieved. That’s not how this country makes money, it’s about controlled chaos.

Written by John the Revelator

exodus-trailer-poster-fullFor some apparent reason, we are going through a plethora of biblical themed movies. I wrote about David and Goliath, next are two more that are slated for later in the year, Left behind and Exodus. We will delve into the rapture  nonsense at another date and time; yes, it will be an eyeopener. For today we will deal with the Exodus movie and all the flack from black christians. Is this blow back unnecessary? I’m glad the more progressive wing of blacks religious figures are coming out. What happened to them during the jesus movie. They can’t boycott them all, I guess. At lease they are some what awakened from their slumber. Religious or christian blacks should be outraged, since the director of the movie Riddle me scott claims to be using creative license with his casting. For what it’s worth it’s his movie. You have a choice to not spend money on that trash. Before I continue I came across this article that is quiet poignant.

Which brings me to Friday night. I went to see Get On Up and there was a preview for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings movie about Moses’ story in the Bible. The first thing I noticed was that all the main characters are White. Moses is White. The Pharaoh is White. Tuya is super White and Joshua is Jesse Pinkman. Not only are these characters who are supposed to be Africans White, they’re not even remotely tan. They’re pearly White. Christian Bale is Moses, a former slave in Egypt who was using SPF infinity sunscreen because he’s still Gotham City White. You can convince me that a guy can shake a staff and make it rain locusts but I refuse to believe someone who grew up in Egypt in the sun doesn’t have a tan at least. But this is all Hollywood stuff, right? White guys are always cast in these roles and we’re all here to throw praise on a cast full of White guys no matter where or when they live. It would have been annoying enough if Scott stopped there. But look at the rest of the cast.

Not only are all the main characters White, but the servants, thieves and assassins are played by Africans. Guys. This is racist. Ridley Scott is one of those guys who’s apparently hellbent on historical accuracy but doesn’t care enough to cast a person of color as Moses or a goddamn African queen while simultaneously filling out the rest of the movie with Black servants and thieves. I could even accept him going the Louis CK route of “the best actor gets the job regardless of if race makes sense” and casting Merly Streep as Tuya, Guillermo Del Toro as Moses and Choi Min-Sik as Rhamses for all I care. But to make the main characters White and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism. It’s creating a piece of historical “art” that carries on oppressive imagery that’s helped shackle entire countries and corners of the world. For the full article go here.

I’m not going to get into the entire false narrative of Exodus. As one author puts it “this is an ancient book with an ancient point of view, not a modern book with a modern point of view”. The First 5 books of the bible are some of the most contested. Their is no proof of any of the stories from Genesis to Deuteronomy, Egypt enslaved Israel for four hundred years, Pharaoh’s army drowned in the Red Sea. These are fanciful delights stolen from earlier Egyptian stories of myth and heroism.

The thing that bothered me was, this very book was used to instill a lie about the curse of ham that was in turn used by Christians, Jews, Jehovah’s Witness, In 1929, a Jehovah’s Witness publication stated: The curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origins of the black race. Mormons, this taken from a previous writing of mine: “The Curse of Cain Doctrine-an official doctrine of the LDS Church, taught by numerous Mormon prophets and apostles since 1848 until at least 1978. They taught that “Negroes” were “cursed” and “inferior” and “children of Cain” and that Cain was a white man until turned into the first “Negro” by the LORD after he had killed Abel. Then he married his sister who became the second “Negro” and all Negroes are the descendants of Cain and the “Mark of Cain” was a black skin, flat nose, and kinky hair. The Curse of Cain was not supposed to end until after the Millennium (1000 year reign of Christ on earth); when Negro women would have white Caucasian children; a “sign” that the LORD had lifted the Curse of Cain off of the Negroes. At no time did church leaders ever say that the Curse of Cain Doctrine was their “personal opinion” or “speculation”. They always presented it as “Revelation” and called it “a doctrine of the church” in several official statements by the First Presidency. As of today the doctrine as well as knowledge of it has been white-washed and denied”.

In dealing with scripture all we have to do is simple deduction. (Gen 9:20-27) This part of scripture has been much debated and will continue to be debated. Their isn’t clear conclusive evidence why Canaan was cursed and not Ham. It stands to reason Ham must have saw a lewd act being performed on Noah from Canaan. Notice when Noah awakes he curses Canaan. To keep this brief Ham was either the middle or second son, not his youngest. The subject has been used to enslave blacks as if it’s their right to be enslaved. Notice in the movie the Book of Eli, the Bible was the book everyone wanted. It’s still being used today to enslave people by keeping them ignorant. This is a very lengthy subject that needs proper handling. My only point is to show, who was cursed.

 My only quip is if your going to use a lie as fact, at lease make the accursed of Satan BLACK. The Egyptians from the biblical account came from from Ham the progeny of the black race. My wish is for BLACK people to not support this movie as well as liberal minded Christians. I already know, blacks are going to be the main ones supporting this garbage being the biggest apologist for this film. when you’re trapped and brain washed from believing a lie, it’s hard to know the truth!

Written by John the Revelator