Americans in general identify with one form of religion or another; although that number is declining. Pew Research Center conducted surveys in 2018 and 2019 and discovered 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. When the focus is on African Americans, nearly eight-in-ten African Americans (79%) identify as Christian. That is also according to Pew research. Why do I share all of that? To make a point.
The overall majority of Americans claim a religion; typically Christian. Forgiveness is a major tenet of Christianity. So, why haven’t Americans, especially African Americans, forgiven slavery? I hypothesize that in this episode of my podcast.
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Resources related to this podcast:
- In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
- Black Americans more likely to be Christian, Protestant than US adults overall
- Five Times the United States Officially Apologized
- Frederick Douglass’s Emotional Meeting With the Man Who Enslaved Him – HISTORY
- “H.Res.194 – Apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans.”
- BENIN OFFICIALS APOLOGIZE FOR ROLE IN U.S. SLAVE TRADE
- Why America Needs To Stop Asking Black People To Forgive Racism
- The Real Reason We Don’t Forgive
- Why Blacks Can’t Get Over Slavery!
- Forgiveness in Different Religions
- 4 Reasons to Forgive but Not Forget
- Will America Ever Be Forgiven For Slavery?