Why “God” Ain’t a Word Black Folks Play With

Why “God” Ain’t a Word Black Folks Play With

Listen to enough conversations in Black America, and you’ll eventually hear a Black man call another Black man “God.” And he’ll mean it. And not in a cult leader kinda of way, but as a serious form of address, often between men who look like they’ve been through some serious sh*t. You ever met a Five Percenter? Like a real one? They’ve all been through some serious sh*t. And these men wouldn’t play with the word “God.” Neither would most people in Black America, because God still means something deep there.

The Real Face of God

The Real Face of God

Bishop Turner notes that it would be better to be an atheist or pantheist than to worship a personal God who looks nothing like the persons worshiping him.
It’s this sentiment that eventually gave rise to the modern cliché “My God doesn’t have a color.” It wasn’t some scientific rationalism or Neo-Platonism. It was simply developed as a way to dance around what this God might look like.

Black People Invented Writing

Black People Invented Writing We tend to think that there’s some deep difference between the letters of the English alphabet, the characters of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, and the “crude” picture-writing you find on ancient artifacts from other parts of the world. But...