Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Racsim: Alive And Well In America's Churches

A surprising number of southern whites recently polled in Alabama and Mississippi continue to believe that interracial marriage should be illegal (here). These strong feelings come to the surface at church, as one of the last strongholds of segregation.

Only 2.5% of US churches are integrated, defined as at least two different groups where each comprise more than 20% of the congregation. Another 2.5% of US churches are transisitoning from one group to another. So, depending on who you believe, 90-95% of all US churches are still segregated by race.

The more salient issue is not that people are racist (they are), but how more or less tolerant they are in "God's House". It also seems that blacks are no more tolerant than whites of worshiping together, or of issues of interracial marriage practiced alongside Christianity.

I think this one needs a series, stay tuned.

James C. Collier


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nothing new, the number is probably much higher than that.