Brawling for God: What’s wrong with Black people in North Carolina?

It was two years that a study came out discussing the religious tendencies of the various racial groups in America. The most religious group is Black people, though the high rates of abortion, out-of-wedlock birthrate and Black-on-Black crime is but a minor deviation from the gospel:

A 2009 study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that African-Americans were more religious on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole, with 87 percent of African-Americans describing themselves as belonging to one religious group or another. 

Nearly eight in 10 African-Americans said religion is very important in their lives, compared with 56 percent of the general U.S. adult population.

 That same article would state the number of atheists within the Black community is growing, that fact revealing a direct correlation to the above cited problems plaguing that racial group.

Despite evidence that some Black people are beginning to spurn the word of God in favor of a world devoid of a deity to worship, the majority of Black people are still incredible pious according to surveys (disregarding crime rates, marriage rates, out-of-wedlock birthrates).

Rarely has evidence of this deep devotion to God been on display like this past Sunday in North Carolina, when rival groups of Black people attending the same church got into a royally theological rumble:

 A large brawl broken up by about 30 police officers at a Fletcher church Sunday stemmed from an attempt to get rid of the current pastor, church members said today. 

Officers from five agencies in Henderson and Buncombe counties responded just after noon to Greater New Zion Baptist Church on Asheville Highway after a sheriff’s deputy at the scene for routine security called about a fight, said Capt. Jerry Rice with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday and church is a deadly serious time for Black people, with two, three, sometimes even four hours devoted to worshiping the lord in a service. The Sunday sermon offers Black people an excuse to get dressed in the most opulent outfit in their wardrobe and an exhausting spiritual cleansing transpires once they sit down in a pew.

It has been called America’s most segregated hour, but rarely are the differences in the various races on full display then at church:

Americans may be poised to nominate a black man to run for president, but it’s segregation as usual in U.S. churches, according to the scholars. Only about 5 percent of the nation’s churches are racially integrated, and half of them are in the process of becoming all-black or all-white, says Curtiss Paul DeYoung, co-author of “United by Faith,” a book that examines interracial churches in the United States.

DeYoung’s numbers are backed by other scholars who’ve done similar research. They say integrated churches are rare because attending one is like tiptoeing through a racial minefield. Just like in society, racial tensions in the church can erupt over everything from sharing power to interracial dating.

 Fighting over faith happens all the time. That’s why we don’t talk about religion at all here. But we will showcase events that require 30 cops to restore order, especially when this event transpires at a place of worship.

It’s fitting that on the day of the massive church brawl, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) held its annual pay-per-view, the Royal Rumble.

Something tells us that had Vince McMahon known about a real brawl – instead of his choreographed male soap opera – that he would have broadcast the Black church brawl instead, guaranteeing a higher buy rate.

We know: you aren’t supposed to make fun of Black people or admit that they have problems within their own community. The mere Saturday Night Live skit Blackenstein has infuriated Black people all over the Internet, showing how closely guarded Black people are regarding how other races few them.

The secrets out Black people, thanks to YouTube and World Star Hip Hop. Black riots transpire constantly and thanks to the Internet they can no longer go down the memory hole.

A riot broke out at a basketball game in Charlotte this past weekend, when a parent hit a resource officer. 10 students were arrested at Vance High School in Charlotte (70 percent Black), for brawling.

Video of the church brawl can be found here.

Is there any reason to continue posting stories of depravity in a community that is so obviously lacking in self-control? We at Stuff Black People Don’t Like find it sad that the most pious people in America can’t find commonality when airing their grievances and resort to brawling amid the pews.

Well, not for a month at least… it’s time for a whole new batch of Black Fictional Heroes for Black history month.



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