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Can black christians and muslims work together to solve problems?

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2012 by blacklearner

Since the days of MLK and Malcolm X, blacks have always organized movements via religious organizations. A recent gallop poll shows that African-Americans, with 65 percent attesting to be Christian: baptist, pentecostal, non-den.,etc; Catholic; and 5 percent Muslim. While Christianity is the largest religious denomination for black Americans, there is a growing number of black men joining Islam. Black women make up 75 percent of the segment of devout Christians. In addition to the numbers many black leaders today are affiliates including the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Dr. Jemimah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton to name a few. The black pulpit and the black mosque have always been mediums for black uplift and forming national agendas. While blacks may disagree on theology, rightfully so, its important that we come together and build coalitions based on mutual respect. I believe Malcolm X and King would have wanted that.

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Theocracy will trump Democracy: if the GOP wins the Presidential election.

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2012 by blacklearner

As a christian I am one who is readily to speak about my faith and my convictions. Like all believers I feel compelled to give a straight answer on issues that pertain to abortion; homosexuality; and islamic fundamentalism. That being said, religion has very little place in politics. In the same way I expect others to respect my faith and its credence; I must respect the beliefs of others. To bad that this is not true for the leading candidates for the GOP presidential nomination. Mitt Romney, a mormon; and Rick Santorium, a staunch Catholic represent candidates that are more likely to govern with their religions beliefs more so than sound judgement. The issues at stake: women’s health-abortion and birth control; gay marriage; pornography; and others are issues based on morals not laws. If either candidate whens the election we may be looking at an entirely different America. What we might see: a slashing of repeals starting with Roe vs. Wade; Affirmative Action; birth control; immigration laws; financial laws; and other pertain laws affecting civil liberates. The divide between the rich and the poor is widening, and its is causing a complete fragmentation of  those who want to move forward and those that want to go backwards; whats unanimous is that no one is happy with the present-change is inevitable. 

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What does it mean to be black in America

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2012 by blacklearner

This has been a prominent question in the wake of the election of President Barack Obama—The first black president of the U.S. CNN’s Soledad Obrian provided a glimpse into black life with the special,”Black in America.” However, Soledads documentary only provided viewers with a social depiction of black life; without tackling the psycho-social aspects of being black in America. Thus it is vital for those who are not privy to black culture to understand that being black in America is an obscure phenomena that is arduous to explain through illusory means: due in part to phenomenology. That is, many people attempt to understand the “black experience” through existentialism, but without having lived as a black person one cannot fully understand or appreciate its dynamics. The most proximal way to deduce the black perspective is through theory of “double consciousness” coined by Dr.W.E.B Dubois (Social Theory). The theory posits that black identity can be divided into several facets or layers of counsiousness. That is to that say, that black people must see themselves out of the eyes of white people; and not from their own self-counciousness. Thus black people are often split between being American on on end, and having an African heritage on the other. In a world where conformity is often the precursor for american success, many black Americans are opposing to this acculturation process, while others are flourishing under this system. This de-emphasis of “unified blackness” or black solidarity  has caused a rift between black people in America. Indeed, as Randal author of the acclaimed, “Disintegration” has eloquently point out is that there are several distinct groups of African-Americans in the US. Thus, the splintering of blacks has caused many to question that group loyalty of the President of the U.S. The president who is mixed in race-black father and white mother-has been accused of not working hard enough for the rights of black Americans. Many blacks argue that his primary political base is black and therefore his allegnence should be to us. But many blacks side with the president claiming that he does care about the poor social and economic plight of African-Americans; but due to the threat of a call on preferential treatment from opponents the president cannot directly address the issues of black america. While there are many critics on both sides of the coin, theres on thing that remains true, W.E.B theory of double consciousness has been validated. How then can blacks people be able to fight for the rights of black people when they may seen as giving preferential treatment to their own race.

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Hello world!

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2012 by blacklearner

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