Some Children See Him...: Political Participation and the Black Christ

Some Children See Him...: Political Participation and the Black Christ This paper explores the role that membership in a politicized church and believing in a black Christ have on the political mobilization and participation of African Americans. Using data from the 1993–94 National Black Politics Study (NBPS), the authors conclude that imagining a black Christ is a radicalizing force on political participation. Hearing politicizing messages in a place of worship and believing that Christ is black appears to shift African Americans from relatively conservative or traditional forms of political participation, such as contacting officials, to more non-traditional political protest. Further, it appears that imagining a black Christ is distinct from other aspects of a racial belief system and while it has political implications, it clearly has religious roots that separate it from other racial beliefs. Political Behavior Springer Journals

Some Children See Him...: Political Participation and the Black Christ

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Political Science and International Relations; Political Science; Sociology, general
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