Finished reading from “Superman to Man”. A book self-published by J. A. Rogers in 1917. It attacks notions of African inferiority. It’s a polemic against the ignorance that fuels racism. The central plot revolves around a debate between a Pullman porter and a white racist Southern politician. Rogers used this debate to air many of his personal philosophies and to debunk stereotypes about Black people and white racial superiority. The porters’ arguments and theories are citied from a plethora of sources, classical and contemporary, and run the gamut from history and anthropology to biology. Rogers addresses issues such as the lack of scientific support for the idea of race, black historical vindicationism, and the fact of intermarriage and unions among peoples throughout history.
Most importantly, the book reveals Rogers’ disillusion with CHRISTIANITY. When asked by the white politician if Christianity has brought solace to Blacks, the Pullman porter replies:
“To enslave a man, then dope him to make him content! Do you call THAT a solace?…The honest fact is that the greatest hindrance to the progress of the Negro is that dope that was shot into him during slavery. The slogan of the Negro devotee is: Take the world but give me Jesus, and the white man strikes an eager bargain with him. Another fact’ there are far too many Negro preachers. Religion is the single most fruitful medium for exploiting this already exploited group. As I said, the majority of sharpers, who among whites would go into other fields, go, in this case, to the ministry.”
Though he criticized Black people’s unquestioning embracement of Christianity, he had many good things to say about Islam and how it uplifted people regardless of their race or social background.
Great read. It really expanded my vocabulary as I needed a dictionary every other page. Lol. I give this book superior rating & recommend it for anyone looking to get a more concise history on the race debate here & abroad. #love #follow #blackauthors #literature #books #enlightenment #bookworm #goodread #greatdebate (at Kabooms)