Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Black churches are the site of particular power, and a magnet for violence

By Michael Eric Dyson

Sites and spaces of black life have come under attack from racist forces before, but the black church is a unique target. It is not just where black people gather. In too many other places, black self-worth is bludgeoned by bigotry or hijacked by self-hatred: that our culture is too dumb, our lives too worthless, to warrant the effort to combat our enemies. The black sanctuary breathes in black humanity while the pulpit exhales unapologetic black love. For decades, these sites of love have been magnets for hate. [link]