I make this appeal because my studies and observations force me to conclude that: Black people are NURTURED toward a sense of inferiority to White people, and one part of the nurturing is done by the Black Church. The specific reasons for my appeal are summarized below.
The teaching of the Christian Trinitarian dogma that “Jesus Christ is the Son of God” and is worthy to be worshipped as “Savior of the World” should not be imposed on the impressionable, developing minds and spiritual awareness of our Black Youth because:
(1) These teachings subliminally promote and nurture in many pre-adolescent and adolescent Black males a diminished self-esteem, and a sense of racial inferiority and self-hate. And:
(2) This diminished self esteem, sense of racial inferiority and self-hate become manifested in the young Black male as low motivation to compete in academics with his White counterpart and result in low academic performance of Black males in school. In addition, this diminished self-esteem, sense of racial inferiority and self-hate are acted out in an array of anti-social or self-injuring activities, such as: a lack of the will to excel, irresponsibility, drug addiction, high rate of Black on Black crime, abuse of women, and many other crimes that make the crime rates in Black communities the highest in the country and make the incarceration of Blacks in the prison population a sky-rocketing statistic For many of these youth, these negative self-inflicted injuries and anti-social trends and characteristics will continue into adulthood.
(3) This teaching is a FALSE faith tale that is rooted in 2000 years of myths, superstition, ignorance, intellectual coercion, politically inspired censorship that began with the early Church Bishops, who were backed by the vaulted power and force of the Roman Empire. I am certain that many of our trained and educated Black clergy are aware of these superstitions, coercions, political censorship, and conspiracies that brought forth these often contrived faith tales. But they have not and perhaps will not explain these things to their congregations for fear of economic lost or lost of control, or lost of their vaulted positions. There may be a few Black clergy in high positions who are ignorant of these superstitions, these intellectual coercions, these political censorships and conspiracies, but if there are, they should educate themselves and lead our youth away from the dependency of a savior and toward a spiritual awakening and a goal of seeking a self-dependency.
Note: There are many writings and studies by serious Biblical scholars who go into details about how the censorship, coercions and politics promoted the adoption of this Trinitarian dogma by the early Roman church. The doctrine was adopted almost three centuries after Jesus’ death
(4) Continued teaching and preaching of this dogma subliminally promote and nurture a sense of superiority in pre-adolescent and adolescent White males. This is because, in part, White males realize that their Black counterparts are also taught to believe in a “Savior” who looks like a White male, and when this happens, with this realization the seeds of racism have been planted. From their sense of their own closeness to that which is worshipped by others, the Western European White man has historically exerted macro-religious aggressions on non-white people and women.
(5) This teaching and nurturing of both Black Youth and White Youth about a “God” or a “Son of God” with distinctly Euro-centric core values of whiteness, and beauty, and thought and holiness will never allow Blacks and Whites in America to attain the Beloved Community of Brotherhood, and will always burden the Black man with a sense of inadequacy and inferiority, no matter the improvements of educational comforts and opportunities or the equalizing of educational facilities./s/ Christopher C. Bell Jr., ED. D