He was first known for being the voice of the ‘voiceless’ black people who suffered from racial discrimination, in South Africa. He was an outspoken critic of the apartheid. He used his position as the Bishop of Lesotho to work against it. Desmond’s faith played a huge part in his life, he strongly believed God was on his side and that praying and worshipping God was a great deal of help towards his success against discrimination. He believed that God loved everybody no matter their race, sexuality or religion.
His family was split up and was haunted by nightmares for a lot of his life; he wanted revenge. Both men became icons of the African-American culture, although King had more of a positive attitude, believing in peaceful arguments instead of fighting. King wanted to be equal with whites while Malcolm wanted the whites to disappear believing the white people had no moral conscience. King thought whites and blacks should be united and live in peace. Malcolm wanted African-Americans to have a rightful place in society.
In today’s society there still seems to be a lot of Christian hypocrisy in America regardless of race and even now regardless of sexual preference. Of course religion has turned a blind eye to injustices in the past for instance slavery, but as far as actually flipping religious philosophy in the country. Walkers appeal was the start of self-inflicted riot among whites during that time, no white man wanted a black man to outsmart their master plan to control African-Americans (at that time Africans). Even in the society we reside in today the white still feel the need to be in charge and to control African-Americans all because of there will power to feel dominate. Even after Walker published his Appeal the southern states did not want it publishes nowhere that the blacks could get a hold of it, unwavering the fact that many of them could not read.
Their ideas often differed from other black leaders. DuBois’s affiliation with the NAACP attempted to solve the problem through integration. Garvey’s UNIA centered around the idea of blacks helping blacks, attempting to relieve blacks of any dependence on whites. Both men had a lasting impact on generations to come. The beliefs of W.E.B.
“[…] all men—yes , black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (276). This statement caught my eye while reading this speech because, it shows how much King believes in ending segregation. King’s speech has more of a formal, persuasive and passionate style. He makes you want to keep reading his speech, with his voice and how desperate he sounds with what he is trying to get across to everyone. His tone is demanding
The white man had a burden, which was the responsibility to help others whom were not up to the standard of the Europeans, as they “did the natives a favor by bringing civilization to them”. Livingstone’s mission of evangelism was a war against “the barbarity of Gikuyu customs” that was “entrenched in their blind customs”. He had found the Gikuyu people “immoral through and through” and worshippers at the throne of the “prince of darkness”. He was intolerant and vengeful; he preached a message of racial hate by the choice of a position of
Covey, he was a professor of religion-a pious soul-a member and a class-leader in the Methodist church” (884). How can someone practice these virtues of religion and still treat the slaves with pure evil as he does. He also neglects the practice by committing adultery thus making him a hypocrite. Mr. Covey has a great forte of deceiving people which makes the slaves believe he is always around keeping a watchful eye on them.
They both believe in the power of God and that he wants them to have generous and good lives. Jonathan Edwards approaches his congregations with what he feels to be the rage of God. The sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was meant to make Edward’s listeners aware of the fact that their behavior and conduct on earth was far more important than the wrath of the devil in hell which was the faith of those who did not adhere to proper religious values as expressed in the Bible. He tried to make an avid impact on the colony in this way but was more effective to discuss God’s wrath, maybe to instill fear into the minds of his followers, because many of them were taught you do bad you go to hell. To achieve his end of making his congregants aware of their dangerous positions on earth, in which he states “as they could be cast into hell at any time” he reminded them of the power of God and his capacity for doing away with sinners.
When the slaves are singing songs on their way to the Great House Farm, Douglass mainly focuses on his utter confusion and sadness regarding them. He does, though, briefly touch on a religious angle. “Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains,” he describes. Douglass expresses the pain him and his people are enduring, and explaining how faith in God allows them to continue to endure. I believe that this is the optimistic side of Douglass’s passion in the appendix- optimism, to be clear, meaning it pertains to the positive effects of believing in a God, not optimism pertaining to the situation itself.
Overcoming Racism: The Church Has A Role To Play Morenike Oye Liberty University Abstract “At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being” Friedrich Otto Hertz. The thought that many Christians today believe that or choose to live in denial that we have gone passed racism or that it is a problem that has been solved a long time ago, hence the need to shift focus and concentrate on more important things is an indication that racism is more of a spiritual warfare than we want to admit. This paper in its three fold objective is aimed at exposing racism as a sin, a spiritual attack on mankind, and a warfare between the devil and the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:13-15). Secondly, to analyze the understanding and role of the early churches and Christians, what was done or should have been done, how they were done and those things that were not done. Thirdly, to make a wake-up call to the new generations churches and strategize on how we can triumph in this battle.