Every now and then, an article appears that points to the shifting spiritual climate in the African American community. Another such article was published last month in the Los Angeles Wave. The article does not bring forth a fresh perspective (I'm not really suggesting that it should)... instead it recapitulates the same themes that run through similar articles.
First, Andrea Joseph-Conley speaks to why the transition from Church to Sangha can be difficult for African Americans:
“I think that they are afraid to change from what they’ve been doing in the past because of the social structure,” said the 53-year-old Los Angeles resident. “All the friends and family, the support groups are based in church. It would be like in the pioneering days, to be out on the frontier by yourself.”
Later comes a statement that perhaps speaks to the number of African Americans practicing Nichiren. A bit more research could have uncovered that all Buddhists don't necessarily chant the Lotus Sutra (or it's title) as part of their practice:
The second aspect of the Buddhist religion — practice — is achieved by chanting daily “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.”
Then it closes with an opinion about Christianity and Christians expressed by one of the author's interviewees:
“As far as Christianity and Christians, I think they’re hard to find,” she said. “I know there are churches on every corner, but I think true Christians are hard to find. [And] it’s hard to address [Christianity], because [Christians] really are hard to find.”
I don't have much commentary. Just thought I'd share the article so those who may be interested can read for themselves.