- Jul 2, 2003
How was the civil rights movement a grassroots effort of ordinary citizens determined to end racial injustice in the United States?
Churches, the centers of their communities, and local grassroots organizations mobilized volunteers to participate in broad-based actions. This was a more direct and potentially more rapid means of creating change.
If the churches were not so wrapped up in the tax break they will loose if they don't stay out of politics. More could be done in the Black Community. Political influence and the unity we seek can be discussed and formed all over the United States.
During slavery they didn't want us gathering or speaking in such a manner in church. Today the money has that hold on the congregation. Those Billions we spend could be redirected into the churches could become the grass root again.
You all have witnessed or know how the authorities harass Blacks when there are two or more of use gathering or together. They don't do that to Asians or the Eastern Indians. Growing up we could hang long on the corner meeting, congregating, crooning and singing.
What should we do?
Start more community based organizations that don't have funding or can't take funding because it is not controlled or regulated under a non-profit controlled organization. If the 501c is used to organize then they loose the tax exempt and funding.The worst that can happen to a church is they have to pay taxes on the income they take in from the congregation. Then that is all they are getting anyway.
Catch 22 dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.