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"Many black churches, in Cone's view, had compromised the fight for justice by caving in to white paternalism in hopes of preserving their institutionalized congregations."

Can you clarify this statement? Any examples? Thanks.

Wade Tannehill


I took the book back to the library, but I can go back and look up some examples if you would like. As I recall though, Cone was talking about black churches that were afraid to be a part of the black power movement because they were more concerned with keeping their buildings and air conditioning going. If they made waves the white churches would stop giving them money in the name of mission work. In Cone's view they were basically being bought off.

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