Podcast 6: Christianization of African Americans:
The planting of Christianity in North America was not at all based on the gentle light of the gospel of Christ. From Emperor Constantine in the fourth century, Anglo Christianity has been directly aligned with violence and aggression. With their “discovery” of the Americas in the 15th century and the settlements in the seventeenth century, Europe positioned itself not simply as a Christian nation but as an economic and military power. Acts of barbarism conducted against the enslaved and native populations did not need any justifications outside of their interpretation of the biblical text. Enslaved Africans were forbidden from maintaining any meaningful connections to their sacred stories. Only the white man’s narrative was sacred and all others deemed as demonic. This belief was imbibed by many enslaved Africans and today millions of African Americans refuse to learn about the sacred culture of their ancestors because it is contrary to the Christian dogmas they have uncritically accepted.