By Piper Huguley
It is said that the most segregated hour in the United States is Sunday at 11 a.m. So when it is time to worship God, Christians in America choose to worship in churches that skew one way or the other racially.
As someone who was raised Presbyterian in a predominately white church, I’m appalled by this continued separation. Unfortunately, this separation continues in other forms of Christian entertainment and in books. When I ran ad this month, some people commented that the numbers on The Preacher’s Promise were high enough for me to “cross over.” What exactly was I crossing over into?
Maybe this separation is just a continuation of how the publishing industry seems to be comfortable in marketing these days. Many of my African American author friends always complain about how they dislike that there is a separate gondola in some bookstores for books with covers and stories featuring African American characters. They feel this separation limits their potential exposure to obtain a wider readership. I see their point. Still, what exactly allows this separation to continue in the Christian entertainment market when we all worship one God? When will we get the point?
I don’t know who is to blame for this structure, and I recognize it is the height of irony to speak from a blog called Black Christian Reads. This is, unfortunately, the current nature of the business. That’s why we ten have had to band together to form Black Christian Reads. So that we may be seen. There are other blogs geared for Christian readers, but they lack diversity in the selection of their membership. That’s why we exist. So, I look forward to playing my part, in some small way, in breaching this continued separation—one way or another. It’s time for this segregation to end.