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ICYMI: The Black church is dead

Photo credit: Twitter - @pastormarkburns

Photo credit: Twitter – @pastormarkburns

In a powerful editorial piece, and perhaps with a wink to Common’s brilliant 1994 song “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” Michael Harriot over at NegusWhoRead announced the death of the Black church last week.

“…the Black church was born before the founding of America during a time where her parishioners could be killed if the secret that they could read the Bible leaked outside her doors,” Harriot began.

Despite its humble beginnings, he wrote that the church stayed true to its enslaved people by playing a key part in gaining their freedom.

“She registered voters. She organized boycotts. As she got older, the Black Church met and married the love of her life, Civil Rights…She was our first teacher, biggest advocate and greatest consoler,” Harriot continued, mentioning civic contributions of great Black preachers of the prophetic tradition, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

Then, things somehow began to go horribly wrong as preachers morphed into vampires “sucking the faith and wealth out of Black communities,” in the form of the Creflo Dollars, Eddie Longs, Al Sharptons, and Jesse Jacksons (yes, he went there) of the world.

“By the time anyone recognized the symptoms it was too late. She had already changed by then, too weak to fight off the impending doom. She was too sick to make her presence known in Ferguson. She shucked and jived so bad in Baltimore that they ran her off,” Harriot alleged. “This once-noble institution that had sturdied the backbone of an entire race, handed down freedom and defeated Jim Crow was now a home for hucksters and charlatans…She was sucked dry of truth and dignity.”

Despite occasional efforts to revive the Black church, it recently became evident her sickness was terminal. Black church preachers endorsed the same candidate who forced Barack Obama to disavow a preacher of the same “liberation gospel” the Black church was founded upon. It happened so quickly that her opponent barely bothered paying the Black church a visit.

“By the time Black preachers had assembled to endorse Donald Trump, it was only a matter of time. On Saturday morning, when Trump’s main supporter, Mark Burns, was exposed as a liar and con artist during a CNN interview, the Black Church, hung its head in shame and went into a coma. Around the same time, people from the Detroit neighborhood protested while their local church banned them from attending for the sole purpose of spotlighting and lending Black credibility to a politician supported by the same church-shooting, slave-hunting constituency that put her on death’s door,” Harriot began his final pronouncement.

According to Harriot and many others based on the reaction to the editorial, the Black church as it has been known for centuries has been laid to rest.

“She is survived by the bastard megachurches and 501(c) 3, worship centers, too many to name here who have disassociated themselves from social justice, community unity or the fight for Black people,” he concluded.

What do you think? Is the Black church dead? If so, can it be revived?


  1. Denene on September 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Interesting assessment. There is some truth, but there still many black churches that are thriving above the fray of the ills. And why is the church a “she”?

    • SCOTT Young on September 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Because only a she can give birth.

      • Sol Rothstein on September 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm

        Sir and to ALL BLACK AMERICANS,

        She/the Black church failed us, just as, OBAMA has. We need to reclaim our Churches and BLACK AMERICA.

        Until BLACK MEN stand up and put these BLACK WHORES in place, we/Black America will be DEAD.

        Here is why:

        – Black WOMEN have ruined BLACK AMERICA…They refuse to get married, have children, and be homemakers.

        – Black WOMEN, only want DICK -N- Attention. They prefer being SWIRLS to low class White MEN…aka Rusty the Redneck riding his 1985 Harley Bike, looking for a BLACK WOMAN Come-up.

        – Black WOMEN refuse to stop WEARING WEAVE…that is financing KOREAN Children’s Harvard Educations, and BLACK WOMEN cannot afford to send their BLACK CHILDREN to Community College.

        – Black WOMEN are not the smartest group of women. They collectively have a net worth of $4.99.

        – Black WOMEN have the highest rates of STDS, AIDS/Hiv…Strippin’ ain’t so good, after all.

        – Black WOMEN don’t make more money than BLACK MEN. They are in school more than BLACK MEN.

        – Black women are the BOTTOM of the BARREL compared to all other FEMALES in the world.

        – Black MEN we must re-BUILD Black America with NON-BLACK WOMEN…it is our duty as BLACK MEN to procreate with the BEST SEEDED WOMEN…at this point…THAT IS NOT BLACK WOMEN…

        Until this happens the BLACK CHURCH and Black America is DEAD….

        • Oludayo Ogun on September 19, 2016 at 3:44 am

          You sir or madam with a generalisation like this is part of the problem than the solution , the crap you wrote here is so ignorant it’s beyond words . That being said here is my take on the black chuch thing and the black Christian religion as a whole . As a Nigerian , a non american black I for one cannot understand how we can follow the religion of the people who unlished so much cruelty on us. As Africans we find ourselves at the bottom of the barrel becouse we are the only race who worships a god thant not only does not look like us but carries the image of our conquers so by ommition we are worshiping our conquers . There is nothing like the black church becouse it was not suppose to be in the first place , all that the white man did to the black man from slavery and Jim crow laws in America to colonization in Africa was all justified using the bible and the chuch so the question that comes to mind is who is practicing the real church we that got it from being a conquered people or those who used it to conquer us ? We as Africans as black people have to go back to our original gods the gods that were tolerant of everybody else’s faith , beliefs and way of life . We as africans and black people find ourselves at the bottom of the barrel today not becouse of the death of the black chuch but becouse of the survival of it . We left our gods turned our backs on them to embrace a faith and religion that was foriengn to us and our gods simple left us too

          • Sol Rothstein on September 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

            Sir, if you are a TRUE AFRICAN, and you are following Christianity than you are a CLOWN.

            I can understand why BLACK AMERICANS may follow Christianity but you have no excuse for your stupidity.

            NOW AGAIN…

            Black AMERICA is ruined because of BLACK WOMEN and their ignorance.

          • KevMac on September 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

            Thank you for rebutting that ignorant comment

          • Sol Rothstein on September 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

            You BLACK MEN keep saying comments like this are ignorant, but BLACK MEN like you are at the BOTTOM OF THE BARREL, and getting locked up behind your dealings with BLACK WOMEN.

            Black men are the weakest men in AMERICA and around the world. WHY…because we refuse to be men…

            – THIS IS WHY I know Adam was BLACK. He was weak and couldn’t tell EVE she was wrong.

            – Black men are the only men in the world too weak to tell his WOMAN to shut the fuck up and give her the BACK HAND when she is out of line.

          • britishrose on September 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm

            haaaa so my neighbor is white his wife is white and she slap the out of him blackin his eye and called the police whom arrested him .. i seen the same drama between them 6x since they moved on my block i live in upstate NY nice suburb where we have 2 range rovers me and my black husband HUH .. WE wish these drama filled white will move to a trailer park .. and who do you think KILLED LIL JON BENET RAMSEY??? A WHIITE cause if it was a black man he been caught ,,, plenty of crimes white did but black men still locked up for RIGHT? HOW BOUT OBAMA FREEING 300 men and women mostly black wrongfully convicted by white man ranned laws !!! yet u wanna target black men now calling them dangerous? WHO KILLED SANDRA CANTU? a white chick okk yet BLACK WOMEN OOOH ARE KILLERS DEAD BEAT MOMIES AND TERRIBLE AS WIVES??? SURELY NOT A BLACK .. Im black i grew up in denver . known for black men marrying black women…
            blacks are real strong , and whiite kill their wives all the time just watch SNAPPED !!! OR WIVES WITH KNIVES … white females killingn white males .. so again how the hell u come up with your equastion of blacks being more dangerous white female prison are 75% white females and black prisons maybe 70% black but that only cause A FLAWED CRIMINNAL SYSTEM THAT HAS GIVEN BLACK MEN 20 YEARS FOR A BAG OF WEED AND AND A WHITE MAN GET REHAB!!! PLEASSSSS SUCKER ….
            U AINT GOT A LEG TO STAND .. CRYING BOUT BLACK WOMEN CAUSE AILEEN WOURNOS was a nut she killed many white men . . during slavery black females were sexed and impregnated by slave owners , who killed the babie or sold it .. so black females are highlly respected and there is your ANSWER WHY BLACK FEMALES GET RESPECT WE GIVE BIRTH TO BLACK MEN ..
            Not seriel killers and pedofile and wife killers as white men are noted for DO YOUR HISTORY … ADAM AND EVE MAY HAVE BEEN PURPLE .. WE DONT GIVE A FU..CK …

          • britishrose on September 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

            FYI MR.. HARRIET TUBMAN SYMBOLIZE THE MOST POWERFUL BLACK OR WHITE FEMALE WHO EVER LIVED IN AMERICA …. her african root is why NOT many white women have statue enough to be one $20 bill? and it wasnt about a degree , that got her there .. AFRICAN WOMAN STRONGE LEADERSHIP DID IT. and u best believe there are hundreds more her … now resume playing with your balls cause you seem to be dead on truth ROTT STEIN

          • JZ on September 21, 2016 at 12:14 am

            How dare you speak of black men and women like this.Who gave you the stupid intelligence to talk such crap.Your and absolute wanker you bigoted brainless moron.Come to Australia and say that about black Americans you wouldn’t last a minute.You disgust me…

          • Robert Slackware on September 21, 2016 at 6:43 am

            Public schools democrats forced him in I bet. But Founders gave him the RIGHT to say it.

          • Sol Rothstein on September 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

            Bring your BLACK ASS to AMERICA fuck-face…YOU COME SEE me and it’s down mutha FUCKAA….

          • Frank Revelation on September 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

            At least you have expressed your strong feelings and actions in a pubic forum. With a traceable IPI number. If any women have been, or are being abused by you, your postings will indict you.
            Your choice now? Live alone and stay alone. Or behave yourself.

          • Sol Rothstein on September 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm

            DICK FACE…you cannot indict someone for speaking the TRUTH…Something you BLACK JACKASS women cannot figure-out.

            NOW Dick chaser…DO YOU…because you can be indicted for calling 911 too many times…and you have threaten me with legal action. SO BY LAW you are already committing crimes.

            Nigg NEWTON’S mother is an ATTORNEY she is my Aunt.

          • britishrose on September 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

            thank u

  2. blissfulacts on September 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

    This is an over-generalization that falls in line with the ill-informed rhetoric of Trump followers. I would guess that less than 5% of black churches have endorsed Trump. Actually, I would guess less than 2% of Black churches have endorsed Trump, but just to be sure that I don’t miss anybody, I’m saying 5%. I don’t know who Mark Burns is, so I’m not defending him, but I do wish you had backed up your claim that he is a fraud with a source that shows he is a fraud. I do agree that the Black church should be a more active participant in the current struggle.

    • The Truth on September 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Well, the claim that Mark Burns is a fraud is not a claim, but a fact!! It was well-documented in the CNN interview. You can probably Google the interview to see for yourself just how badly he was exposed. When you watch it, you will definitely be convinced. This so-called-pastor lied about everything from his college degree, his fraternity affiliation, army experience, etc.

      • blissfulacts on September 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        I remember hearing about that. OK. Thanks for clearing it up.

        • The Truth on September 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

          You’re so welcome!!

      • Robert Slackware on September 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        so a guy version of that massachusetts warren indian lady. or a poor imitation of obama and hillery who even lie about their name.

    • Tracy Benson on September 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      What rock your hidden under. WHO IS MARK BURNS your clearly in the closet.

      • Martin Brown on September 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm

        I’m sorry who is Pastor Mark Burns ????.The Biggest fraud out there.

      • blissfulacts on September 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        I heard about this story but was not interested enough to investigate it further. Almost everybody around Trump is a fraud, so I did not bother to learn this fraud’s name. I’m not under any rocks, idgaf about this dude. I learn names that matter.

        • Robert Slackware on September 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm

          and hillery went to his wedding, so that makes her a fraud as well.

  3. Rob C on September 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I think he’s spot on!!!

  4. Robert Slackware on September 18, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I think when they were tossed out of court in california by activist judges TWICE, then turned around and voted for the man who championed the court throwing them out it was evident.
    Never heard a church referred to as a she. That does explain a lot, black shes are HO’s to black men.