Originally posted by kresge:
Though critical of religion, I can not simply dismiss when one of the elders in the congregation stands up and testifies that Jesus made a way out of no way, that he healed their body, put clothes on their back and food on their table. Are you suggesting that I tell them that they are decieved. That they are victims of an opiate, a pathology. Do I reject the history of people like Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vessey, Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Jarena Lee, Henry McNeal Turner, Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell, Howard Thurman, Martin King, Fannie Lou Hamer? Are they not also my ancestors?
These are just some of the issues which percipitated my questions.
How the practices of the more recent ancestors, who were victimized by a process of dehumanization, negate thousands of years of other ancestors just doesn't make sense to me. When we know better we do better. And now we know better. These ancestors took lemons and made lemonade. But why do we have already sweet fruits and refuse them? We as a people now are CHOSING to stay almost comlpletely ignorant of African traditional practices and philosophies...that is ridiculous...and demonstrates a quite frightening mentality IMO.
I second what Fagunwa says...