You rarely find Black people, mostly older ones, conversating for more than a few minutes without the subject of church or "how good God is" randomly being brought up. Me having yet to confess my Atheism to my family (only because I'm still somewhat dependent on them), I constantly have to endure my extremely religious grandmother giving me a two-hour lecture about the grace of God and how getting on my knees and begging for help will fix my life. Possibly even worse is my father telling me I should attend church more often to get more blessings and to sleep with a Bible under my pillow to combat frightening dreams brought about by a mental illness I have (dreams of the Hebrews slaughtering the Caananites at Jericho is hardly a desirable substitute). Needless to say it doesn't work at all. I've even had serious thoughts of deleting my Facebook account just because I'm so effing tired of seeing "God is so good","I'll let the Lord handle this", etc. You'd think young adults would be more proud of their own accomplishments and more willing to fight their own battles, but logic can't be applied to some situations.
Any person following any religion is illogical to me, but it upsets me to see even the most intelligent of my people following Christianity; a religion that was imposed upon us by slaveholders that kidnapped, abused, and sold us like loaves of bread, denies scientific facts and discoveries that have been proven a billion ways, condones slavery, and is based around a book that has so many opposing views and contradictions (if you can even find a copy that isn't over-translated.... good luck with that) that you would think the co-authors are Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly. Just think about it, this God placed you on Earth without your consent and expects you to praise him incessantly for it, makes you follow his guidelines to a tee in exchange for a somewhat decent life at most, and punishes you cruelly for even the slightest infraction of the rules he has imposed on you. It's damn near a dictionary description of slavery! So for the people reading this (thanks, by the way), I would like your opinion.
Why are Black people so overwhelmingly Christian?
Why are Black still openly participating in slavery?
Sorry I don’t have time to read all the responses in this thread right now, but wanted to answer to one of your questions.
Black people are overwhelmingly Christian in this country because they are oppressed. Karl Marx said “religion is the opiate of the masses” and by that he didn’t mean that theists are a bunch of dopeheads, but rather that the capitalist class (those who own the means of production...factories, farms etc..) and former chattel slave-owning class use(d) religion to dope the masses. Marx went on to say that religion is the “heart of a heartless world” by which he means that if the world had a heart that people wouldn’t turn to religion. Black people have experienced tremendous suffering and use religion as dope. Anything to distract from their suffering, some use real dope, most use religion. Why search for answers to your oppression in a scientific manner when everything is in god’s hands? Why bother with trying to change your place in this world when the most important life is to come? Furthermore, Black families have historically owned less means of production and the vast majority spend a great deal of their existence wrapped up in securing their survival, whereas rich White families are afforded the ability to set around and study about what interests them while Black and other oppressed peoples (including some Whites) are doing the vast majority of the labor that keeps society going. There are less Black atheists, not because Black people are genetically inferior to others, but because White male supremacy is built into the very fabric of the capitalist system. Revolution to place the means of production into common ownership is necessary to defeat the dictatorship of the capitalist class and the White male supremacy that flows from it.
I’ll read all the responses and dig deeper into your excellent questions sometime tomorrow. There’s a real good talk about this subject that (should) autoplay on my page.