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Racial Reconciliation

Black Masculinity, Societal Indifference, and Church Socialization

Steven Randolph Cureton

Racial Reconciliation: Black Masculinity, Societal Indifference, and Church Socialization pursues the deconstruction and construction of black masculinity. This book is partly exploratory in that it presents an abundance of profound quotes from historical and contemporary blacks who have a vested interest in race relations. It could be that the United States of America has not been ready to be receptive to the idea that blacks not only can recognize their own oppression but also can articulate with accuracy the human nature of the oppressor. This book aims to directly confront the nature and extent of racism and discrimination in an era that boasts about racial progress and a similar era whereby modern day churches perceive themselves as beacons of morality and racial harmony.

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4. Black Churchin’ and Black Flight: Something Wicked This Way Comes and It’s Black Gangsterism

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Chapter Four

Black Churchin’ and Black Flight

Something Wicked This Way Comes and It’s Black Gangsterism

On February 4, 2018, I delivered a two-part sociological lecture at a predominantly black Methodist church, Sanctuary Charlotte Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Christopher Braswell, my cousin approached me about delivering a race talk to Sanctuary Charlotte Church as a part of their Black History month series. He suggested that it could be similar to those race talks we had growing up while eating our concoction of cookies that we dropped in milk. A softened very sweet smoothie we hilariously referred to as “shit things.” I warned Chris that I have a very harsh opinion of black churches to which he responded that the message would be perfect for Sanctuary Charlotte Church. The sociological lecture did incorporate various biblical verses with respect to the black church and social justice. However, when taken together both talks emphasized that the failure of the black church contributed to investments in criminogenic vices, gang participation, and leaving our own kind open to the discretion of legal agents who are primed to deliver social injustice.

My fondest memory was being approached by an elder, after I had finished. This elder was most likely in his late 80s, and he looked as if ←85 | 86→the legacy of his blackness had a crushing effect. I don’t mean that he looked crushed. I mean the burden of his black maleness, (although I...

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