But coming of age in the Gullah-Geechee African Methodist Episcopal AME tradition, the Black Church was a foundation for my radical politics, a space for community and Afrocentric syncretism, and one of the last remaining strongholds of Gullah-Geechee history and culture. Gullah-Geechee is a Black American subculture with arguably the strongest present connection to West Africa. During the transatlantic slave trade, the need for experienced rice and indigo planters in the low-lying coastal wetlands and Sea Islands led to the concentration of certain West African tribes and ethnic groups in the area, forming a creole cultural corridor. Today, churches are among the most authentic warehouses of Gullah-Geechee culture and historical memory.
In response to strong criticism from her readers, she released a subsequent article to bring some definition to the large brush strokes with which she painted the Black church, its history and shortcomings.
On her media site, Ms. Carnell promised that this is just the beginning of a larger analysis she will deliver on the Black church, and its relation to current Black politics. Her writings left us with a few questions: Further, what do we need to know about her approach as she presents her forthcoming critique?
Carnell opens her second article by reiterating two main points from her first: The church as a singular and identifiably labeled institution may not have always been visible, but thousands of church members were. It is indeed true, as Ms.
This revolutionary application came with his speech delivered on December 5,late on the first day of the Montgomery bus boycott. It was at this moment that our civil rights struggle was transformed into the Civil Rights Movement.
Is politico-centrism a worldview we must adopt to be authentic and relevant? Is she suggesting that we ultimately submit to a one-dimensional existence — political serfdom?
A purely utilitarian view of the Christian faith insults all who take faith seriously, not just Christ-followers. Specifically, biblical faith certainly champions the cause of justice; the Civil Rights movement, for example, was able to accomplish gains in justice because of its Judeo-Christian theological underpinnings.
It is hubris then, for any one individual to decide that a faith becomes obsolete once it has facilitated social improvement. In her first article, Ms.
Carnell chides the Black church for its apostasy in bowing to a gospel of Black pacification, which she feels has rendered the church ineffective. Should we base our morals on the shifting ground of public opinion, as she suggests? Are we to base our morals, then, on rationalism? However, based on the context of these two posts, she appears to be pushing a human-opinion centered rationalism — a sure recipe for confusion and conflict.
It is one thing to believe in absolutes, it is quite another to be an absolutist. Similarly, it is one thing to follow a moral code, it is quite another to be a moralist — one who is self-righteous and judgmental. Under such a rubric, it is difficult to appreciate respectful rationality when presented by others.
Carnell mistakenly conflates the theological motivations of Christians with the political motivations of conservatives; the two may agree at times, but they are not the same.
The same can be said about the motivations of Christians and liberals. By conflating Christians and conservatives, she does a great disservice to conservatives who profess no faith at all, yet may still be advocates of smaller government, supply-side economics, a strong military, and the myriad of other concepts that are associated with conservative thought.
Individual values and politics are and should be far more complex than Carnell allows, and while we may individually agree with a right-winger at a particular point, it does not mean that we are right-wingers.
The same applies to particular agreement with a left-winger. Does sharing a common cause with atheists make us atheists? She does not delve into the darker historical accounts that show that opposition to federal civil rights legislation in the s, s and s came mainly from Democrats.
Neither does she differentiate between fiscal and social conservatives, liberal and far-left, conservative and far-right. The overall failure to observe these nuances has put African Americans today at risk of being dismissed; taken for granted by the Left and written off by the Right.
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