Wave Cap Preachers
I’ve once wondered out loud how come there isn’t any black leadership coming from the black church. With the advent of Donald Trump running a Barry Goldwater presidential campaign (which, if anyone doesn’t have a clue, is racist as hell) I now know why: In short, they can be bought.
Just in case you were wondering, that one highly visible “black preacher” found beside Donald Trump is Reverend Darrell Scott. Yeah.
In this day in age there’s always been a growing disdain for churches, preachers, Christianity and religion overall. My disappointment doesn’t come from the standard-issue black-atheist line of thinking. In fact, I myself identify as a Christian. Being that I study and assess history, I am fully aware of Christianity’s position in Civil Rights, and black America as a whole.
Churches provided the movement with an organized base, as well as leadership largely economically independent of the larger white society. Dr. King would be already skilled in managing resources and people; volunteering, running meetings, managing disagreements, allocation of funding on projects, and other forms of leadership responsibility. The church also provided meeting places where he planned tactics and strategies and collectively committed many to the struggle. ~ On Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, AfroSapiophile, 2013
Despite What You Think, The Black Church was Always There
As I stated before, The Black Church has been instrumental in facilitating the seemingly eternal fight for freedom for Afro-American people. The Black Church has been there for black people ever since the American Institution of Slavery. The Black Church was able to facilitate reading at time when it’s against the law, as well as locations which were black people can congregate, in many cases unsupervised. Because of this, the Black Church was able provide leadership and responsibility roles for black people equivalent to perhaps a corporate business CEO. This leadership ability existed largely independent of white influences, which was the reason why Black Church leaders — from preachers and reverends to ushers and regular church-goers — were able to be at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s.
So what happened? If we were to place a start date on this modern Civil Rights movement today, Civil Rights 2.0 mobilized around the time of George Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin (Feb 2012). Black Church leader types are, largely, nowhere to be found. Why? The concept of “Black Church” was so powerful on an entity in regards to civil rights, this also includes black religious institutions who are not exactly Christianity based, such as Islam, Five Percenters, and the Nation of Islam (NOI). So what happened?
One of the problems that killed the black Church’s involvement in Civil Rights is integration. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not on that tip that thinks segregation was so awesome, like some stupid folks. But there were secondary, tertiary effects that did in fact harm the black community. The biggest effect was the effect on black businesses. Black business after segregation, much like black people as a whole, will have to compete with white institutions that were buttressed by white supremacy support that allowed them to exist, many of them for decades, maybe centuries. Long story short, white businesses (people) have more buying power than black businesses (people).
Churches also function like a business, and, black churches much like black businesses were also affected by segregation. From here, we have a problem of interest: black churches prior to segregation only had money from black purses flow through them. Today, simply put, black churches can be bought.
Black churches modern day, especially the mega churches that exist can most certainly be bought by politicians or anyone who needs a strategic endorsement. Donald Trump, punch-clock racist extraordinaire, certainly needs pre-paid black church escorts, and Reverend Darrell Scott, much like many (but not all) black preachers, is hungry for those scooby snacks.
Rev. Darrell Scott, with his Brian Pumper haircut, is a blaring example of the problem with black churches in regards to this modern Civil Rights movement. Darrell Scott, is a “Christian” preaching man who, much like most self-hating black men, isn’t afraid of throwing black people — the very same black community that fills his vault full of coin — under the bus. Dealing with Trump, expect that throw under the bus to be followed by a rope-to-vehicle carcass dragging.
Where Do We Go From Here?
If I were to be radically honest, I’ll have to to add the fact that this isn’t exactly something that’s new; there’s always been those who are more than willing to support white supremacy as a whole. Not making excuses for these folks, I call many of them “surviving America”, as in, it’s easier to survive America by engaging in the large sociological bullying and antagonizing of black people. I theorize, that many black conservatives even, only engage in this bullying because it places them in a more favorable position in regards to white America. I highly doubt that we will see a religious leader step their game up and employ their social-economic capital to the Civil Rights cause once again. Religious leaders, much like most blacks, are comfortable with how things are. People need to not only not choose the easy route and shit on their own, but also embrace choosing the uncomfortable… and fight for actual justice and harmony.