Have Christianity and Islam Helped Black Americans Survive?


For centuries, religion was used to justify a lot of bad in the United States. Slavery, genocide, segregation, you name it. But religion also served as a means of survival and liberation for some of the most marginalized groups in this country. In this piece, Sana Saeed explores how black Americans have relied on religion – especially Christianity and Islam – to survive and liberate themselves for over three centuries. And we ask: Does religion still have a role to play in the fight against white supremacy and systematic racism?


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