CNN loves black people.
I actually think CNN loves black people more than BET & TVOne. For the past 2 years, “Black In America” has been a featured series on CNN. For the past 2 years, I’ve written about Black In America (BIA) here and here. In it’s third installment of BIA, CNN will uncover the mysteries of the “Black Church” and why Negroes go broke because of it. Well not exactly, but close enough.
Honestly growing up, I always wondered why the Pentecostal church my grandmother attended had at least three offerings a service, knowing damn well the congregation was filled with low income people. I would sit back and not want to drop my measly quarters in the tithing bucket, because I knew the pastor lived in a huge house in South Orange and we didn’t and his children probably didn’t get their clothes from a consignment shop.
Later on in my childhood we started to attend a non-denominational “mega” church and had an Italian pastor. If I remember correctly he drove a Honda Accord and not a Mercedes like the Pentecostal pastor. Our congregation was filled with all nationalities, and each of the 3 Sunday services were always packed. There were people from all walks of life, and if I had to estimate ,each service had at least 600 people. So if you did the math, 600 people tithing at 3 services each Sunday that’s a whole lot of tithes. So either way, black congregation/black pastor…white pastor/mixed congregation..someone’s getting paid.
Sure, believers believe in tithing. That’s what they do. Should they go broke doing it? No. I doubt Jesus/God/Allah/Pope John Paul 2k would want anyone to go broke. Well at least I hope that’s not the case. Hell, I haven’t tithed in well, probably since I was 12. I’ll be damned if I was giving my last few dollars to a man driving a car better than my mother. It just didn’t make
cents sense. Of course it’s great that CNN chooses to highlight a pastor and his attempts to fight debt in his congregation, but does he not collect an offering or harp on the fact that people aren’t giving? Providing financial management classes just aren’t enough, convincing people to stop competing with the Joneses and Harrises isn’t enough either. If people aren’t taught fiscal responsibilities from an early age, it’s hard to change bad habits, like making sure you’re tithing every Sunday. (I’m sure my one way ticket to hell has been signed now..)
But I digress about tithing and going broke.
This is about CNN’s weird fascination with black people and the things black people do. It feels as though they make black people out to be zoo animals or some odd inhabitants of the world that must be dissected and studied.
CNN Correspondent (speaking into a mic in an urban city): Up ahead to the left of the big tree, you’ll see a black person actually working. Shhhhh…be quiet as not to disrupt this uncommon occurrence. Wait. Did you see that? The black person breathed! As I sneak up on him, we’ll get to see how he handles being startled. Be very very quiet.
I’d like to know how many more Black In America series will CNN pull out of their asses.
Black In America 4: Why Do Black People Drink Kool-Aid
Black In America 5: Why Can’t Black People Swim
Black In America 6: Why Do Black People Eat Grits
Black In America 7: The Kardashians and Why Black Men Love Them
Personally, I’d like to see CNN do a White In America series. Wait, never-mind, I think that’s what Fox News is for. For some reason I picture a family of white people sitting around the TV in amazement watching these BIA series.
Bobby: Daddy, wow black people are interesting
Dad: Son, yes they are a peculiar people
Bobby: Can we get one for Christmas?
Ok, so I’m being totally facetious, but you get my point. Of course no one would ask for a black person as a Christmas gift. If they watched CNN Black In America, they probably would have already learned all black people celebrate Kwanzaa (seriously, if you don’t get the sarcasm by now, your loss).
So no. I’m not going to watch CNN dissect the black church on this installment of Black In America. I dissected it at the age of 10 and decided that a Mercedes driving, three piece suit wearing pastor wasn’t getting my quarters I worked hard for, it’s just a shame others choose to go broke over a church and let CNN put their business out on the street.