At the height of the Ferguson protests over the police killing of an unarmed Black man, just when things were starting to get really heated, the mayor of Ferguson called upon the Black clergy to try and calm the protestors down.
Seeing the Mayor of Ferguson calling out the clergy to pray at a news conference was not surprising but somewhat funny. There is nothing funny about anyone’s faith. The reason why it was laughable is because the purpose of the prayer was to bring a sense of calm to Ferguson, mainly the young protestors. So the same politicians who took God out of the schools were now asking God to help them keep the peace. It seems a bit hypocritical.
But maybe the politicians were not being hypocritical. Maybe they were just following protocol. The protocol that says if at any point Black people start getting rebellious against the system, just remind them of Jesus Christ and the milk and honey that awaits them on Jordan’s river banks. Of course this milk and honey can only be attained if they endure suffering and abuse here on earth without any form of retaliation. They must be willing to turn the other cheek to aggression at all times, if they want to be rewarded with the ultimate joy and everlasting life.
Let’s be honest, Europeans brought Christianity to Africa under the guise that it would “tame the savages”. Christianity weakened Black to the point where rather than fight and die for their freedom; they would endure enslavement for over 400 years; all under the belief that when they die a man name Jesus would reward them handsomely for being obedient little sufferers.