(Closed) Christianity and white supremacy

posted 2 weeks ago in Weddingbee
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I think “Christianity” has been a cloak for white supremacy and many other forms of suppressive ideas and actions.

However, true Christianity supports equality not suppression.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Religion, while a comfort to many individual people, often serves as a tool for very bad people. You can convince people of horrible things if you cloak it in religion. 

Also, I’m always a little side-eye-y when people say “that’s not what true Christianity is”. A literal interpretation of the old and new testaments is a lot closer to what we see as these hateful groups than the most liberal feel-good churches. I suppose it comes down to what “true” means…literal interpretation, or filtering it all through a heavily modern lens and going for the spirit of it?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - City, State

I think all organized religion–especially religious radicalism–is created for the purpose of control, oppression, and violence against the “other.” Christianity is no different. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

This thread has major “soon to be closed down” vibes.

I don’t think Christianity has anything to do with White Supremacy. But, it’s been twisted and moulded and politicised by extremists for centuries.

People look for justification for their prejudice and hatred, to legitimise it. The bible is great for confirming any agenda if you read it a certain way. 

Fact is, Trump took the very worst of American historical tendancies: the racism, division, prejudice, and told these extremists it’s ok to feel this way. It’s their fault, not yours. You’re “very special, very loved”.

It’s not nothing to do with Christianity, and everything to do with bad people telling other bad people that they’re the saviours working for the common good. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Also can we stop white washing Jesus please?

Like I’m not even religious but goddamn if you speak to any Western Christian apparently he was the only white dude in the Middle East 2000 years ago

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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@sbl99:  slow clap. It may be judgy, but it’s my firm belief that anyone who promotes White Jesus (through home decor, social media posts, etc. showing a white/blue eyed Jesus) is at least a little subconsciously racist (if not, in some cases, like my extended family, overtly racist). Jesus wasn’t white, and portraying him that way despite knowing better is CLEARLY signaling something. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I wonder whether modern-day white supremacists cling onto the evangelical Christian label because they want a unifying culture to defend and don’t see it in modern day White America (even though White America does have a distinctive culture, but it’s easier for outsiders to see it). 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

If God hates all the same people you do, you might have created God in your own image…

Post # 10
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Busy bee

To those of you who take issue with white Jesus, most societies who have adopted Christianity have Christ portrayed as looking like them. You’ll find white Jesus, black Jesus, Arab, Indian, Asian Jesus, etc. I don’t find anything wrong with that. Jesus himself was Jewish, but God is without color. 

I think modern religion in the states has lost it’s way. Given that some of my favorite churches I’ve visited are mostly black, I think equating Christianity with racism is incredibly unfair. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Im a believer that religion was created to control the masses, and nowadays is associated with racism, bigotry, sexism etc. I’m not a fan.

I completely understand how comforting religion can be to some, however I’m not a fan overall as it’s often used as an excuse to pass judgement on others and exert control and claim moral superiority. 

Christianity is especially problematic to its very core, and I’d go to the mat on that one. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I think Christianity is definitely a vessel for white supremacy. I believe that it was and continues to be forced upon marginalized groups as a means for control and justification for their mistreatment. It has victims praying for their abusers, rather than fighting back. And when those marginalized groups wonder why they continue to be mistreated and face constant suffering, while their oppressors are wealthy, privileged, and happy despite being terrible people, they’re pacified with words written by their oppressors.

Just gonna leave this here before the thread gets closed 🙂

 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There’s a branch of Christianity called the Prosperity Movement, it’s an offshoot of the Pentecostals and people who follow  it basically believe that rich people are rich because they are righteous, and poor people are poor because they are wicked. They believe if you are a righteous person of good faith, god will shower you with wealth, and they evaluate people’s goodness by how much money they have. This is actually a belief of the deVos family among others close to the Trump administration and it’s  very big with the Pentecostals and evangelicals who support trump. This belief system makes it easier to hate minority groups because (by their beliefs) the higher rates of poverty in Black/Brown communities (especially urban communities) is evidence of a higher rate of evilness. Conveniently these folks seem to always overlook the poor white  communities though! But it explains how some in the future former President’s orbit can be such obvious racists and still accept people like Candace Owens into their ranks. 

White supremacy is  a pretty complicated topic, and its relationship with religion is also complex, but this is one aspect that I found especially interesting. It explains a lot about the education policies set forth by Betsy deVos, especially how it seemed like urban public schools consistently got the short end of the stick.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

The title of your thread is misleading. The book reviews you linked refer to “Evangelical Christians.” That’s a particular offshoot of Christianity and it differs significantly from mainstream Christian demoninations. To infer that Christianity is the root of white supremacy is ludicrous and shows a lack of understanding of its basic tenents. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I am Christian and African American. I definitely think white Christianity is tied to white supremacy. But secular white people can be racist too. Basically, whiteness is connected to white supremacy across the spectrum — whether atheist, Christian, or anything else. 

My (predominantly Black) church is anti-racist at its foundation and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Just like Civil Rights sprang out of Black churches (look at MLK) and much anti-slavery activism was born in churches. 

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