It’s no secret that black folks are religious. Steve Harvey let us all know in Kings of Comedy just how much his mother dragged him to church week after week, not to mention it’s an ongoing joke in the black community of how long our church services last. During slavery, it was belief in God that got our ancestors through those tough times, and during those times many of the civil rights movements took place in the local churches. With all the different religious groups now, many, including African Americans, begin to redefine the role of church and God in their lives. Some leaning on Allah, while others chose not to believe at all. According to a new study performed by the Kaiser Foundation and the Washington Post, black women are among the most religious group in America.
“Nearly nine in 10 African American women, according to a nationwide survey conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser F amily Foundation. The poll, the most extensive look at black women’s lives in decades, reveals that as a group, black women are among the most religious people in the nation. Although black men are almost as religious as their female counterparts, there is a more stark divide along racial lines.
The survey found that 74 percent of black women and 70 percent of black men said that “living a religious life” is very important. On that same question, the number falls to 57 percent of white women and 43 percent of white men.
But in times of turmoil, about 87 percent of black women — much more than any other group — say they turn to their faith to get through. Black women, across education and income levels, say living a religious life is a greater priority than being married or having children, and this call to faith either surpasses or pulls even with having a career as a life goal, the survey shows.”
One of the reasons surveyors suspect black women are so religious is due to it being tied so closely to cultural aspects. The value placed on the importance of church and gospel music are what has kept black women in the top running.
Stacy Floyd- Thomas even took it a little step further saying that black women are the most religious because we’re basically always on the chopping block and are heavily criticized in the U.S. society and culture:
“Black women have been the most mistreated and scandalized in U.S. society and culture as they wrestle both individually and collectively with the triple jeopardy of racism, sexism and classism,” said Stacey Floyd-Thomas, an associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. “If that is the case — and I believe it is — it is no wonder that black women, due to their experience of sexism, would seek out their faith as a way of finding relief, reprieve, resolution and redemption.”
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