Early morning August 28th, 1955, Mamie Till slept peacefully in south side Chicago while her only son was abducted and killed. At age fourteen Emmett Till was beaten upon unrecognition then murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman. The idea of white superiority in the Jim Crow society caused Catholic and Protestants to become critical of American society, but very few Christians aided the NAACP cause of justice for blacks. Emmett Till’s death sparked controversy between black and white, and NAACP versus their oppressors. During this time of anger, corruption, sadness, and diminishment of faith in justice predominantly white Christian churches sat ideally by shaking their heads because of the actions during the Jim Crow era.
Fifty-three years later things for blacks in the United States got better, a lot better. The occurrence of Emmett Till’s death had, somewhat, become a forgotten memory in society. Blacks and whites now grow up together and America has grown to become known as a unified melting pot. 2008 the Untied States elected their first black president, Barack Obama. His entrance into the Whitehouse was not only a symbol of change for blacks but for the whole country. Nevertheless Christian Barack Obama admits he has experienced a social profiling kind of racism at the same age of the young Emmett Till.
Today, Christian Churches of all ethnicities voice the sin of discrimination and racism, but they were still silent in the news during the death of seventeen-year-old black high school student, Trayvon Martin. Whether Martin died due to racial profiling or not the trial brought up the fact that racial profiling and racism still occurs much more than an average American knows. Society lacks information on the Church their big stance against racism and fight for equality.
Now, you may ask, why is it such a big deal that the Christian churches have lacked a big advocacy for equality (and instead are now known for extreme bashers off homosexuality)? This is a big issue for Christians because it has and continues to hurt their reputation. According to the faith a Christian believer is supposed to be known as a loving individual who attempts to strengthen the moral view of society and have it align with the commands of the all knowing and just supreme being they follow. Society lacks this group of believer who follows and advocates for all that is just, and because of that the world has slowly come along with the just moral resolve. Twenty first century pastors now attempt to battle the preconceptions of the Christian church by reforming the actions of churchgoers everywhere. Many of these Christian reformers get their ideas out by writing books and lecturing for the public, but very few have tackled on the relationship between race, church, and Christianity.