Priscilla Shirer, an actress, speaker, and the daughter of the megachurch pastor Dr. Tony Evans, told a white audience she doesn’t describe herself as a Black woman, and her words are a condemnable example of how white Christianity irreverently crucifies Blackness.
Shirer said our adjectives describe our nouns, and to call herself a Black woman gives her Blackness too much power. Instead, Shirer describes herself as a Christian woman to sidestep the aisle that merges with racial identity.
White evangelicals praised her hellish comments as good news, but from Black people, her comments sparked the most righteous hail of criticism.
In the aftermath of a rebuking flood, for which she had no savior or ark, Shirer has apologized and reaffirmed her proud status as a Black woman.
But still, she said it; the mouth speaks from the heart. Shirer recited the chapter and verse in the gospel of white Christianity that faithfully seeks to make Blackness as white as snow.
History is gory and gross with the devilish ways white Christianity decimated cultures with its wrongheaded efforts to make people in its image.
It’s a spiritual abuse that’s overtly offensive as white Christianity wants a white Jesus without Black people — unless you’re in the choir, can thrill or tickle them with a sermon, or they can sponsor you for $30 a month.
This practiced and perpetual doctrine is a wasted way for white evangelicals to sit back in their pews and snooze as they never raise their hands or sway to the syncopated songs of racial justice that should at least move them to their knees.
For Black Christians, even those in Black churches, this damned dogma sinks us to a sunken place that subdues the fight against racism and blesses voting for politicians who punch us and punish us.
I’ve survived years of white Christianity; the religion of white supremacy that’s bad for Blackness.
It’s a Christianity that gets easily offended when it’s challenged to extend liberty and justice for all.
It’s a Christianity where the believers wear football jerseys to church, kneel in their churches, and then criticize Colin Kaepernick for his reverent and relevant posture.
It’s a Christianity that says color and injustice don’t matter, and there’s no need to vote — unless your favorite issue is on the ballot — because God is in charge and the world will end, anyway.
Imagine if the Black civil rights leaders from the Christian tradition had those views; those views were linchpins in the sermons spewed and strewed by slave masters to preach Black people into submission.
White Christianity has always been a rocky stumbling block in the narrowest pathway of progress, and its duped and dutiful disciples continue to use the Bible as a barricade to the gates of a kingdom for all.
In the past, white Christians searched the good book for bad reasons to justify white supremacy, and that awful tradition continues today.
Shirer’s statement is a white supremacy that smears whiteout, and I’d say to Shirer that hyphens, commas, and compound adjectives exist for enduring reasons.
Systems of oppression are about power, and as America slaughters, imprisons, and limits Black people, Shirer foolishly believes her Blackness doesn’t need power, pronunciation, or prominence. That knuckleheaded notion is wrong with no righteousness for redemption.
Shirer’s sermon displaced and downplayed her race with faith. But Shirer’s faith is a bad faith because culture and context color Christianity.
Our race is always in the war room of life. No one can cast out race, and neither should it be because we don’t solve issues by ignoring them or minimizing them.
But that’s what white Christianity does; white evangelicals are the least likely to recognize discrimination against Blacks and other marginalized groups.
White Christianity wants God’s kingdom here and now, but we are far from there because they vote us to hell.
In a racist society, our social constructs expose the guilt of the nation. In this white supremacist society, which is anything but heavenly, colorblindness is a dismissive default to whiteness.
Instead, we must acknowledge the social constructs, and the conditions of those social constructs to get justice. Anything less is a satisfaction with the status quo of white supremacy.
Dr. King, in his “I Have a Dream” speech told us when, and how, the state of America will satisfy.
He said satisfaction doesn’t come, “until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
White Christianity is awash with a satisfied whiteness that brainwashes and whitewashes its believers. It needs a fiery baptism in the mighty waters of justice.
Until then, may the adjectives modify the nouns, because they do.
The Blood covers a multitude of sins, and a good faith recognizes that Blackness is not a sin to crucify or cover.
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Can this help white evangelicals to see it?
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