Comic: Some Black folks do Witchcraft. Get over it.
It seems that, once again, we need to remind Black folks that Christianity is not our only option.
by JeCorey Holder
Recently, in the midst of discussing her social anxiety, singer Summer Walker mentioned once having an altar and wanting to get back to her spiritual practices soon. Black people all across social media proceeded to lose their Good Christian Shit and denounce their fandom of the alternative R&B artist.
Now, I expect homophobia and misogyny from these types. I absolutely expect transphobia. Colorism? Practically a given. Classism, painfully common. And ableism is pretty much baked into all of us from the get-go. But here in the Black-ass year of our Problematic Lord two thousand, and I cannot stress this enough, nineteen… Folks are still morally outraged over Witchcraft.
Here, during this holiday season in which they willfully surround themselves in bastardized Pagan imagery such as harvest wreaths, Yule logs, and festive evergreens. Christian muthafuckas are still out here legitimately, pearl-clutchingly, tangibly afraid of “crystals-and-a-lil’-bit-of-herbs” witchcraft.
Orunmilá, Make it Make Sense!
It seems that, once again, we need to remind Black folks that Christianity is not our only option and, furthermore, wasn’t always ours to begin with. In fact, more and more Black millennials are turning away from the church and reconnecting with African witchcraft.
Regardless, if someone is a Witch or “just Spiritual,” we as Black people shouldn’t be having this conversation of fear and derision considering how rich in Witchcraft, spirit work, and polytheism our ancestry is. No matter how hard the last few generations of Bible-thumpers try to hide the eclectic rituals and folk remedies of our great grandparents, Witchcraft has been among our people for centuries and has, thankfully, remained with us despite white colonizer’s attempts to stamp it out.
Keeping it that way won’t hurt anybody.
Now get the fuck up out of our faces while we balance these energies.
Gamer, geek, and social activist. JeCorey Holder has been weaving tapestries of shade and fury since the early 2000’s. Pro-LGBTQ, pro-black, and pro intersectional feminism, he is full of feelings and opinions that try to call out and tear down the oppressive status quo