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Deafening silence of the ‘Black Church’ in South LA

Attacks on the 'Black Church' in South L.A. on many fronts have gone unanswered, and the deafening silence is inexplicable The Compton Herald is receiving an overwhelming response from readers regarding our "Black Church" commentary of

Attacks on the ‘Black Church’ in South L.A. on many fronts have gone unanswered, and the deafening silence is inexplicable

The Compton Herald is receiving an overwhelming response from readers regarding our “Black Church” commentary of May 15, 2016 (“Black churches declining; steeped in mystery”). The comment referred to the curious “wash out” of African-American congregations and the dissolution of ministries that were 75-100 years old.

The root of our concern is the peculiar business development in South L.A. where Black churches are defaulting on their mortgages, subsequently sold, then turned into laundromats. Surprisingly, the community response evidenced in the hundreds of letters the Herald has received is not shock and remorse, but the overall tone has been articulated as “good riddance” to a venerable institution led by gluttonous leaders with no real concern for the welfare of the community in which they have been entrusted to provide moral leadership.

What’s most troubling, however, is the silence of the “church,” itself, comprised of avowed Christian believers who have not come to the defense of the Black church in the wake of a tsunami of religious vilification.

Why pastors and their flocks are reticent to come to their own defense is very disturbing.

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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