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Whiteness Matters More Than Jesus To White Evangelicals

Two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, I had to turn off the news alerts on my phone.

Each time I received a news alert, I would get anxious because I did not know what the hell 45 was going to do next. He had already tried to ban folks from coming into the country, and his inner circle of advisers were looking more and more like characters out of an episode of 24—so I decided to engage in self-care. I deleted all the news apps off my device. (I kept ESPN, though. One never knows if KD might decide to go to the Cubs since they won a championship last year.)

In the past 100+ days, America has had a constitutional crisis because of the attempted expansion of executive privilege with the ‘Muslim ban.’ We have seen a stark increase in ICE raids targeting ‘illegal immigrants,’ but, again, lets call it what it is: racial profiling. Further, we have seen a failed attempt to strip millions of Americans of their health coverage. This, ironically, was happening during the MLK holiday, even though King once said: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

I don’t know how anyone can see what he is doing and judge him as either competent or working for the best interest of everyone in this country. To see his actions and approve of them uncovers a deep moral deficiency. In the same way that I cannot understand how a person can fix their mouth to say that Earth Wind and Fire doesn’t have jams or that Knuck If You Buck is not one of the greatest songs the South has ever produced, I do not know how a sane person can see what is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and be pleased.

That’s why I was confused by what I heard from a leader in the White evangelical community.

“I think evangelicals have found their dream president,” Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University, said on the Fox News show  “Justice With Judge Jeanine.”

Falwell said “reuniting Israel with America” and placing “people of faith” in the administration were reasons evangelicals were supportive of Trump.  “In fact,” said Judge Jeanine “78% of White evangelicals said they approved of the Job Trump is doing in the White House.”

That took me by surprise—but it shouldn’t have. According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of White evangelicals—that is to say, white folks who say they love a brown skinned, first century Palestinian radical–approve of Trump’s first 100 days in office.

For all of their talk about embodying the love of Jesus Christ, the actions of White evangelicals drown out their words. They may say ‘love the sinner but hate the sin;’ yet, how they treat gay, queer, and trans folks let me know there is nothing but hate in their hearts for people they claim to love. They may say they are ‘pro-life.’ but the way they vote and who they support informs me that they are hypocrites comfortable with stripping away healthcare from people ravished by illness while they turn a blind eye to the way the police take Black life with little more than a slap on the wrist as punishment. They may say they are not racist, but they, as a block, approve of a man who is unapologetic in his racist rhetoric and white supremacist policies.

White evangelicals, they mommas and everyone who looks like them don’t know Jesus. And more importantly, one day, if they believe the metaphysics of their theology, he will say that he does not know them either.

Lawrence Ware

Lawrence Ware is a philosopher of race at his day job and writes if the kids go to bed on time. He is a contributing editor of NewBlackMan (in Exile) and a frequent contributor to The Root and other publications. He has been featured in the New York Times and you can sometimes find him discussing race and politics on HuffPost Live and Public Radio International. He is the kind of Steelers fan that enjoys watching the Cowboys lose.

  • protocoach

    I mean, KD’d have an enormous strike zone, and I doubt he’d have much power at the plate, but he’d immediately be one of the best outfielders in the game. His range would be amazing. I wonder if he can pitch…

  • MsCee

    “And more importantly, one day, if they believe the metaphysics of their theology, he will say that he does not know them either.” EYE see what you did there.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      You’re giving us face today I see.
      *Daps Black Jesus*

      • AKA The Sauce

        It’s a blessing

        • MsCee

          (Blushing) thank you!

          • AKA The Sauce

            No…thank you!

      • MsCee

        Lol, just a lil something something.

    • OurRaceisaHardOnetoRun

      Beautiful lady.

      • MsCee

        Yall are too kind ;)

    • Law Ware

      Thank you, ma’am.

      • MsCee

        Thanks for the consistently thoughtful pieces!

  • Rewind4ThatBehind

    Just like Beach Burned Vintage Ken doll aint my president, White as Sin Father, Son, & Holy Spirit aint my God.

    My God already told me what’s up and as long as I listen, there’s not church, choir, or preacher pimp alive that’s going to convince me of anything different but to decimate all those fake evangelicals hopes & dreams of being holier than thou with hate in their blood.

    • Valerie
    • cyanic

      Rewind are you on any other social media?

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Twitter – risingdemise

    • blueevey

      Don’t bring barbie and her people into this. Lol. But that’s a good reference to dart cheeto

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        hehe aye he’s orange and has no d*ck, it just felt natural to me.

    • NonyaB?

      Ken does not deserve this libel; juxtaposing his name with Rancid Cheetolini implies that gaping sphincter was once something to look at.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        lmaoooooooooooo

        And you’re calling me the mean one?

  • Why are Evangelical men so fervently Pro Life? Do they not know how this works?

    • They don’t care about the babies or women involved. Only the control of the uteri involved. Some of the same people who are ultra religious Pro Lifers are for the death penalty which considering they call Jesus their mans is interesting.

      • It’s not as interesting as it is dumb.

      • Ess Tee

        If Jesus were to come and start speaking from his own lips about brotherly love and asking that they help the least of them, they’d be calling ICE to have him deported.

        • Wouldn’t let him in the country. He’s Syrian.

          • Ess Tee

            You know what? You right.

          • Brother Mouzone

            African.

        • He would have to teleport because looking the way I imagined he looks he would be on every no fly list.

          • Ess Tee

            Truueeee.

        • Brother Mouzone

          Deport? They would try to KILL him if they saw that Black, nappy headed man coming to save them.

          • grownandsexy2

            The thugs in blue would kill him, not try.

      • siante

        From my observation (from growing up in the church) they’re not all heartless misogynists. The church teaches that abortion = murder. All church folk learn this: men & women. I’ve seen grown men crying, snotting & publicly repenting over paying for abortions in their past. A lot of them earnestly believe they are honoring God by holding to a Pro Life stance.

        • Alessandro De Medici

          To be fair, how do you reject this on theological grounds though?

          – Christian Doctrine says that children are given by God.
          – There are many examples and stories in the bible, where God punishes disobedience in women by making them barren.
          – Child birth is supposed to be a blessing by God; see Elizabeth and Mary for example.

          So if you believe all those things are true, how do you, being honest and true to the word, justify a non pro-life view of abortion? Unless of course, you are looking outside the word of God for justification for such beliefs?

          • siante

            Good point. Theologically it would only make sense for a professing Christian to be “Pro Life.”

        • mochazina

          the problem isn’t specifically holding a pro-life stance. it’s one, holding such stance to the extent of making it the law of the land for all despite said law specifically being of religious origin, and two, not holding up the balance of biblical generosity in both personal and governmental practice.

      • cyanic

        They are pro-war, pro-death penalty, pro-gun, and anti-black. So the deaths of unarmed black people is what they want in Jesus’ name.

    • sousaphone93

      Because another baby born means another baby who could carry on their legacy and keep spreading their (hateful) beliefs.

      That’s the only theory I can come up with.

      • It’s fine and good until they discover meth.

      • Brother Mouzone

        THIS right here.

    • cyanic

      Because white women use their abortion privilege more than nonwhite women.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Yep…pro life means pro WHITE life.

    • Diego Duarte

      Because religion is more about keeping women in submission and making them property than it is about spreading compassion and the general welfare.

      • How can rational people (seemingly rational people, anyway) justify this.

        • Diego Duarte

          They cannot. Religion is anything but rational. Sorry if I sound like Dr. House but it’s true.

    • Yahmo Bethere

      Keeps women out of the labor force. They’re at home; can’t leave when his fists get to flying and can’t compete with him for a job.

      Most importantly: [white] men are afraid of demographic change.

  • siante

    Another thing to note: Trump has surrounded himself with a lot of false teachers: televangelists, prosperity pimps, etc. “evangelicals” that teach false doctrine according to what traditional Bible believing Christian’s believe. People like: Paula White for example DO NOT represent the whole of the Christian church nor the teachings of the Bible.

    • OurRaceisaHardOnetoRun

      Paula White who personally oversaw his conversion, the same Paula White who was caught in a hotel room with Benny Hinn, who at the time was not her husband, the same Paula White who is probably on her third marriage. Then again, they are of the same ilk, except she didn’t begin with gold spoon.

      • siante

        It’s sad that there’s this much to focus on about the life of a preacher that has nothing to do with the actual gospel :(

        • OurRaceisaHardOnetoRun

          They have set themselves up for that.

          • siante

            agreed. The prosperity gospel is so evil to me. I hate that there are members in my family who still give their last dimes to these televangelists who would NEVER help them if they were truly in need smh.

  • Charles Johnson

    I’m tired of you people talking about race. We evangelicals voted for a serial philanderer with 5 kids with three different women… you know an “evangelical”.

  • Dopamine

    These are people who believe that there is an imaginary man living in the sky keeping score on everything we’re doing, but if you start racking up too many L’s, just accept his imaginary son into your heart and then you can spend eternity with your imaginary father and imaginary Jesus. Every decision they make after this can’t really be looked at as crazy because they already live in a fairytale. I don’t ever expect moral or intellectual consistency from the evangelical crowd, because how could you?

  • Mary Burrell

    White Evangelicals just grind my gears they are the antithesis of what the teachings of Jesus are about. Such hypocrisy they stink.

    • BlackMamba, Achexual

      *Black woman has abortion: “Black genocide! Margaret Sanger!”*Black teen is murdered by cop for existing while black: “Well blacks need to raise their kids better.”

      • Yahmo Bethere

        Poor kid needs breakfast: “I’ll teach you to fish.”

        Bullets raining in Chicago: shrug.

      • HyperSpiral

        *Notices that Cadbury Eggs don’t have the word “Easter” on the packaging* I’m being persecuted!

    • Brother Mouzone

      Truth be told, a lot of the Black pastors are conservative republicans on the low.

      • Mary Burrell

        That’s what i’ve discovered recently.

      • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        That’s very correct.

      • Monica Harris

        Is it even on the low?

        • Brother Mouzone

          I think they try to keep it from their parishioners.

  • AKA The Sauce

    Can we talk about the Adam Jones situation. I played baseball for years….it’s not just Boston. http://thecomeback.com/mlb/albert-breer-elects-die-boston-isnt-racist-hill.html

    • Valerie

      It’s def not just Boston for sure.

      • AKA The Sauce

        Mannnnn let me tell you.

        I was playing in a showcase at Georgia Tech. Two white players called eveyone the N word. Heck they even called each other the N word…and when I finally threw a ball at their heads I was looked at crazy. Like they were “acting black” and saying this is how y’all act…we can make fun if we want. I got kicked out the showcase. I could not have been Jackie Robinson.

        • Hadassah

          Loooool.

          • AKA The Sauce

            I’ll never forget that mess…It was a two week showcase with some of the best players in the country. Getting kicked out didn’t help my career which is part of how I ended up in Savannah.

      • miss t-lee

        Boston, like any other place doesn’t have that monopoly.

        • Valerie

          It doesn’t but everyone is projecting onto Boston.

          • BlackMamba, Achexual

            And my friends in Boston are projecting it on to the South.

            • miss t-lee

              The North folks been trying to project it all on us, like history doesn’t say otherwise.

              • Sigma_Since 93

                Boston has the right group of whites that align them with Southern hate.

                • miss t-lee

                  Again…Boston, NYC, Baltimore, Philadelphia…pick a Northern city…any Northern city.

                  • Freebird

                    Take your pick.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Indeed.

                • Alessandro De Medici

                  Y’all giving the South way too much credit.

                  New England racism is homegrown, just like Boston clam chowder.

                  • miss t-lee

                    *daps*

                  • AKA The Sauce

                    That’s why i’m confused when I see a black Patriot fan.

                    • Alessandro De Medici

                      As a guy who lives here, a lot of Black people live in black neighborhoods in Boston, Springfield, Worcester etc. If you stay in your hood you can pretty much not ever have a meaningful discussion or experience with a white person, unless they’re cops. In other words, they’re committed to those people.

                      Plus if it wasn’t for sports, most New Englanders would off themselves, or die getting high in all the woods in the burbs and boonies. There ain’t sheit to do, everywhere shuts down by 1 or 2 am, can’t they have something?

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      If I could have a moment with Bill Russell, I would love to hear what his younger days were like in Beantown. Between my mom having to fight daily during the busing days and how they did Dee Brown, Boston can eat a bag of d!cks!

                    • BrothasKeeper

                      Dee Brown created the Dab in 1992.

                    • Zulu1925

                      Sheeeit! I’m from New Orleans. In parts of the city (Chalmette, Irish Channel), the accents AND beliefs are nearly identical to Boston (the firm I work for is based there).

                    • Brown Rose

                      Yup. I lived up there for awhile. Those Blue laws.

                    • Mary Burrell

                      I am glad some of the black Patriot football players decided not to go to the Whitehouse this year.

                  • Sigma_Since 93

                    You are making my point. The Irish were your first slave catchers and the first group that felt threatened by free slaves moving north. From making sure Blacks were excluded from taking part in the construction of Central Park to the busing riots in Roxbury, you would think Boston / New England was the South if you removed the accents.

                  • Ess Tee

                    In high school, my teacher once told a class of Black students (it was African-American History, and as you’d likely assumed, only Black kids signed up) that the Mason-Dixon line was really the U.S.-Canada border.

                    It wasn’t until I was in college that I really understood what he’d meant.

                    • grownandsexy2

                      MLK said if you want a healthy dose of racism, go North. I’m sure he had Pennsylvania in mind cause upstate PA is the KKK of the North.

                    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

                      Meh. Black Canadian here, this place is racist as all get out but it likes to project its racism on to the States. Best trick we ever pulled was getting Americans to think that Canada is some kind of enlightened racial paradise and it’s even worse for our First Nations populations. Nah, we’ve got all the same problems but our population is only a tenth of yours and Canada isn’t a headline grabber overseas.

                    • Ess Tee

                      Yeah, it was less about Canada being an enlightened racial paradise and more about the lie that there is a difference between Southern and Northern thought in the United States.

                      Far too many people in the United States believe that the North has been/is exempt when it comes to matters of racial animus. So when my teacher was saying that the U.S.-Canada border was the real Mason-Dixon Line, it was a critique on the North.

                    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

                      I understood the critique for what it was, but it turns out that Canada is the North as the North is to the South.

                    • Monica Harris

                      Well that’s disappointing, but I guess not terribly surprising.

              • AKA The Sauce

                The New England area is very…southern if you know what I mean.

              • Valerie

                SPEAK ON IT.

              • Epsilonicus

                I always remind people that legal racial housing discrimination was invented in the North.

                • miss t-lee

                  All these facts.

            • Valerie

              People from the north always do.

          • Sigma_Since 93

            Dwight Boston folk have Southern ways….

          • miss t-lee

            Exactly.

    • IDontKnowAnyMore

      It’s not just Boston and it’s just baseball. I just don’t understand how people are surprised about it taking place in Boston. I love Adam because he has no problem calling ish out. I love baseball and go see the O’s play when they are in Tampa. It’s not many black fans nor players so you definitely hear the ish. Last year, I was at the Ravens @ Jax game and a dude was taunting a player yelling “Hands up” in reference to “Hands up, don’t shoot.” I was appalled

      • AKA The Sauce

        When we traveled to BC I heard it. Heck…I heard it in New Mexico when I played. Being an outfielder you hear a lot. Baseball is still very racist. If your black…they expect super human speed and strength. It’s crazy.

        • Mary Burrell

          Are the Dominicans the best at baseball seems like they recruit lots of them?

          • AKA The Sauce

            Hitting….yes…all around….no. We just don’t deal with the foolishness

    • Sigma_Since 93

      It’s a Dwight person problem; this has been going on in sports / life forever. You hear stories during integration of how the student body would cheer on their black players but call black players from the other team everything but a child of God.

      For me, I remember the Georgetown vs Villanova basketball game where the Villanova students were calling Pat Ewing ninja and a monkey. Ed Pinkney from Villanova was like nah homie; we ain’t cool to the student body cause that could be me for the rest of his time at Villanova.

      And let’s not even talk futbol……….

      • AKA The Sauce

        Went to my first Atl united game this past weekend. Black golie was called every name in the book. I almost fought some folks.

        • Diego Duarte

          People fucking with goalies since the dawn of time, throwing sh*t at them and whatnot, but that is especially disgusting.

          • AKA The Sauce

            They didn’t throw anything…but he was a lot of bad names…and yes….n-word was one.

    • This was on Sports Center minutes ago. They gave him a standing O.

      • AKA The Sauce

        Boston fans still suck

        • IDontKnowAnyMore

          yea, and my fellow O’s fans were happy that he received a standing ovation. For me and my pettiness, I posted an article that I got from here about the housing discrimination in Boston.

          • AKA The Sauce

            Lol..yea…you petty

      • Sigma_Since 93

        And??? They’ll be cussing at CC and my Bronx Bomers in a few weeks when they think the heat has died down.

        • Epsilonicus

          Crazy thing is that Boston fans even do it to their own players.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Ummhmm. Yaaay!!! For getting called a ni==er…yaay!

    • That banana hit him in San Fran.

      Nothing shocking about any of it.

    • miss t-lee

      Not just baseball. Look at the brothers in hockey, soccer…etc. The brothers and sisters playing tennis. And, this sh*t definitely isn’t just happening in the South. Or even only in the US.

      • AKA The Sauce

        True….soccer is another animal. I can’t deal with them no more

      • Valerie

        Girl Soccer is CRAZY! Their fans are def cruel with it

        • BlackMamba, Achexual

          Definitely, open racism in soccer, even from coaches.

          • Valerie

            Hockey is another one.

          • Alessandro De Medici

            Premiership football is on a whole different level.

        • miss t-lee

          Very.

        • IDontKnowAnyMore

          Yep yep. I have a love/hate relationship with it.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        That hockey announcer was talking real slick about P.K. Subban earlier in the week too.

        • miss t-lee

          I thought I’d read something about that.

      • Brown Rose

        Yup. Football hooliganism in Europe is a thing and where Black players get an earful of supposed European tolerance.

      • Freebird

        Folks think Europe is some great escape meanwhile they give it to brothers on those footbol fields.

        • miss t-lee

          Yup!!!!

        • Epsilonicus

          Racism is real in Europe. I have seen it in Italy with my own eyes.

          • grownandsexy2

            So I should stay out of Italy?

            • Epsilonicus

              American black folks get treated differently

    • Mary Burrell

      But Boston is a racist city so i wasn’t surprised by the racist insults of the fans at the ballgame. New England is a pretty racist part of the country isn’t it?

      • AKA The Sauce

        That’s why Trump supports em

        • Mary Burrell

          Well that’s exactly what I was thinking. That New England Patriots and Tom Brady and Belacheck and Trump, such an unholy alliance.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        It is and it isn’t.

        New England racism has a certain level of sophistication that you don’t see in other parts of the country. The core of New England also votes Dem, and reliably so. Even NH, which is perhaps the most conservative, is about 50/50 every election.

        • Jennifer

          I lived in New England for five years. Their high-minded, sophisticated racism just has different consequences. You’re not going to get this job. We’re not going to cuss you out, but we’ll find ways to isolate you from the rest of the community. Give me Southern racism any day — at least they’re honest. Better yet, don’t give me any racism. Please and thanks.

          • Mr. Mooggyy

            Like I said the other day, there’s no diversity up them parts! I used to say the same thing! Let me know you don’t like me! Do you remember those videos they used to show (and some documentaries) of when schools were becoming integrated in the northeaster parts of the US? Boston had to be the worst video I saw of just pure hate!

            • grownandsexy2

              One of my girlfriends who grew up in racist Tennessee said she thought she’d like to move to Boston. I asked her why would she want to move to that bastion of hatred coming from Tennessee. She settled on D.C. She must have missed the news and documentaries about busing is my guess.

            • pls

              My mom is from Rhode Island. She was born in 1948 and was the ONLY black person at her school. She was pictured in every single club, sticking out like a sore thumb…She laughs in my face about any “racism” I tell her about at work #MamaAThug

          • grownandsexy2

            How did you come to be in NE?

            • Jennifer

              College.

      • Catfish Jenkins

        Isn’t that why Bill Russell moved to Seattle?

        • Mary Burrell

          I am ignorant about sports and really not a fan so i don’t know the answer to that question.

      • grownandsexy2

        New England is racist as hayle!

    • Didn’t Michael Che (SNL) call them (Boston) out weeks ago?

      • AKA The Sauce

        He did

  • miss t-lee

    Talking about turning off alerts. I definitely limit all of my Trump news to once a week. I can’t with this entire sham.

    • I don’t watch the news like I did prior. I never seek to make myself purposely ignorant.

      • miss t-lee

        True. Before he was elected I was a news junkie. Now? Not so much.
        I pretty much get my updates on the Sunday news shows these days, and that’s it.

        • Epsilonicus

          The Sunday shows provide a bit more depth.

          • miss t-lee

            Definitely.

          • Monica Harris

            That’s true. Forgot about these

      • Monica Harris

        True. I stopped watching news after Barack Obama’s first election. It was getting ridiculous then, it might be worse now

    • AKA The Sauce

      I only have Huffppost. I couldn’t deal

      • miss t-lee

        I don’t even read that.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      Yeah, I try to stay away from Trump TV. That’s all it is now.

      • miss t-lee

        It’s best for your health.

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