Lutheran Quarterly, May 1968
A Response from Massie L. Kennard
ONE of the strange enigmas of life for me has been the attitude of many
of my white
who profess the Christian
faith to be
theirs, as regards their black brothers and sisters in America. Fully aware
of the answers given to this riddle, namely: it is sociological in nature, or
economic Dr educational or psychological in nature, I am still bewildered when
my white brothers and sisters in Christ persist in their attitudes and actions
that are foreign to the attitudes and actions 'Of Christ, their supposed Lord.
Not until. the
riots broke out, which was a manifestation
of a hurt
building within the hearts of black people in America for years and years and
years, and the ensuing report of the President's Commission on the Causes
of Riots, were the covers lifted for the white man and woman to reveal a
truth the black man has known since his birth, simply that the white man
thought himself better than the black man. The President's Commission called
But, even this revelation
does not explain to my satisfacti()nwiy
the white brother, in Christ, who professes the Christian faith, is part and
parcel of this evil. Could it be that Christ is not the Lord of my many white
brothers? Could be. I'm inclined strongly to think this to be the case. Be-
cause this has been and is still the case, Black Power has been born.
Black Power is
not white hatred.
It is a necessary
means to place Black
America in an equal position with white America. Nothing more, nothing
Black Power is good. Black Power is needed. Black Power is Christian.
Black Power is good because
it gives to the black man a dignity and respect
that heretofore has been denied him. Black Power is needed, not to counter-
act White Power but to help White Power acquire a dignity and respect that
the white man 'has forfeited. Black Power is Christian because it is God-
given, just as White Power is God-given.
power and You-If you are Christian,
maybe it would be wise
to restudy the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and see and under-
stand what Jesus was teaching. Then act accordingly. If you are not Christian
the lesson will come harder, but it will come.
Massie L. Kennard
Board of American Missions, LCA