Anytime you read or hear an organizer, leader or spokesperson discuss their ideas, policies, concerns, solutions or projects, you are observing elements of his/her ideology. When these ideas come across as contradictory, confusing, ridiculous or scattered, we are witnessing either their … Continue reading Ideology and Dogmatism Vs. Black Power
My appreciation for the Black church is well-documented, as are my critiques. Among other things, sound scholarship requires a balanced and nuanced approach, the ability and willingness to appreciate one side of a debate even while taking a valid opposing position. Discussing the … Continue reading Calling the Black Church: Take a Stand Against Police Brutality!
In an earlier article, I discussed how I grew up in the Baptist church, was actively involved in its several programs, and how I benefited immensely from my involvement. I insisted that I supported the Black church despite my critiques of the institution. I stand by my claim, namely because of all our traditional institutions, the church is one of our most powerful, organized and wealthy. What other independent Black institutions feature almost all Black leadership and staff, own property, make autonomous decisions, and impact youth and community development? Yet with all its strengths, the church – like any institution … Continue reading Thoughts About The Black Church