Ebony Exodus Project: So, Who Cares About Black Women?
This video was painfully hard to watch. WOW. Really hard. This is a project (explained also in a book) describing why it is that black women are increasingly walking away from Christianity (esp. word-of-faith type churches). It was hard to listen to Candance’s story. These are the stories that mainstream evangelicalism is ignorant of because black women are basically invisible in those circle. Additionally, these women are generally too conservative for mainline churches to have a platform there as well. They are, then, left to the anti-intellectual word-of-faith movement leaving them without sufficient categories to navigate the broad brokenness of shalom.
To make matters worse, when black men leave the black church and move into evangelical circles they are often inadvertently discipled away from caring about the needs of black women, or desiring their company, leaving many black women on an island alone. These are black women who often suffer the twin burdens of gender and race making them, according to the data, the least desired of all women in America. Her interview also provides some perspective as to why I prefer Christian counseling models like “Christian Psychology Model” (Covenant Seminary) and the “Christian Integration Model” (Reformed Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, etc.) over and against the “Biblical Counseling” model.
So, then, what’s the consequence of paying no attention to the unique needs of black women? Let’s call it the “Ebony Exodus Project.”