Saturday, November 12, 2005

Rich Slave Makers of the Poor

Originally uploaded by ALifeAllah.
This article was passed to me from Lord Said via True Father.

The article, more about the book and author you can find here.

Here the article though:

Stone Mountain, GA ( - More than half of all Black people in the United States attend church on a regular basis and nearly 82% are members of churches. Currently, there are approximately 85,000 predominantly Black churches in the United States. Blacks could have 1,700 churches in every state. The Black church is a 50 billion-dollar asset business and rakes in over 3 billion dollars annually.

Why is it that Blacks are amongst the most Jesus-praising people on earth, yet the most fragmented and economically dependent? Is there a correlation between high praising and low productivity? Why are there many churches yet major problems in Black communities?

"The church is the leader of the Black community by default" says Jeremiah Camara, author of the new book Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? Camara contends that many Black preachers are routinely delivering sermons that keep the Black collective in a state of powerlessness and that Holy Lockdown is an interpretation of what many Blacks are feeling toward the church but don't quite know how to express their frustrations.

Holy Lockdown takes a critical look at the collective impact the church has made on the Black psyche, and it explores the possibility of the church as being a contributing factor to the many social problems facing Blacks.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

"Expressive displays of emotion are good and can be therapeutic, but must lead to a practical place over time. We have to have religion with reason and emotion with a purpose."

About the Author
Jeremiah Camara has studied the idioms, language, and culture of predominately Black churches of various denominations for over a decade. His diligent research and insightful perceptions are thoroughly presented throughout this timely and much anticipated work.

Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? is catching fire in many parts of the country. It is a topic worthy of discussion. For more information, please visit



El Guerrero said...

Peace God..

Deep article. I have seen how the 10 percent and Build Powers interact in the black commumity through the edifice of the church to keep the original man under the mystery.
When you get a chance I invite all gods and earths to stop by my blog. I am newborn in the nation and out here in Northern Victory ALLAH (Virginia), with no other contact to fellow Gods and Earths.
My name is Knowledge Born Allah, peace.

Brother OMi said...

i listened to an interview with Camara on ... he has much to say. i will be coping hte book as soon as i read these other 20 that i have recently purchased.

i find that the black church is a relic to what it once was after slavery. too many preachers and not enough teachers

Divine IZ Earth said...

Peace 7! I'm going to have to buy this book. I have seen first hand how church folk surprisingly fear no one but god, but are scared to open businesses, further their education, try new things. Staying stagnant seems to be the Christian thing to do. And when things go wrong they just pray harder. Much respect for the the article 7.