The Black Of Black Religion

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To be sure, there were numerous black protests in the Americas as well. Revisionist historian Herbert Aptheker has done an admirable job of refuting the claim of many early white historians that slave rebellions were rare in the colonies, and that the black slaves were docile, disinterested, or indifferent to freedom. Neither slave songs nor folklore indicate that blacks either liked or were indifferent to slavery. Black ancestors took advantage of every opportunity to make it clear that they were not created for enslavement. Aptheker has written both of the frequency and the more than two hundred and fifty “reported Negro conspiracies and revolts.” In addition, there is no way to determine the large number of individual escapes and…show more content…
“Negro frustration,” Myrdal contended, “was subliminated into emotionalism, and Negro hopes were fixed on the afterworld.” When Young considered black religious leaders like David Walker, Nat Turner, Henry Highland Garnet, Henry McNeal Turning, and others, he concluded that Myrdal was wrong. This is not to say that every black religious gathering during the days of slavery or since was “a seedbed of revolution,” nor that every black preacher was a Nat Turner. Yet there is considerable evidence that, historically, black religion was more involved in sociopolitical campaigns for black liberation than previously thought. Historically, black religion has been concerned with freedom, liberation, humanization, and the eradication of social evils in this world. Therefore, as opposed to being fixated exclusively with spirituality and heaven, the black church has been the vanguard of social, economic, and political activism within the black community. In fact, some scholars have gone as far as to identify the black church with the black community, and to suggest that neither can be identified apart from the other. The black church was born in protest against racism in the white church. The type of Christianity that Frederick Douglass characterized as “slave holding religion,” was a religion of the white status quo. It sought to justify the enslavement of blacks, rather than resist it and work towards its elimination. Reflecting on the period of American
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