My Visit to the Levine Museum of the New South

note: I made this post about my visit to the levine museum in 2017 (long before the 2020 pandemic) and thought I had published it. dear reader…I had not.

During a visit to Charlotte, North Carolina I visited the Levine Museum of the New South and I couldn’t wait to share some of the information I gained there.

The term “New South” refers to the post-Civil War and post-slavery South that was trying to move beyond its white supremacist roots into a future with economic opportunity and spurred by cutting-edge technology and participation in the national landscape. Charlotte was one of the cities in the South that moved rapidly from a relatively small agricultural enclave to a lively city with exponential growth in population, infrastructure, and capital. The museum traces the history of Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont from “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers.”

Below are some photos I took (sorry for the glare) along with interpretations of their historical significance and connections to the present.

Click on the caption (not the picture by itself) to scroll through.

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    Why Historians think they are economic policy experts is beyond me. You have made leftist polices black and right leaning policies white. How dare you ?? What gives you the right?? You are like a child who are never satisfied until you get to go the restaurant you want to go to and force the whole family to have to appease you and go with you, screaming and crying and creating havoc until you hear the words that you have got your way.

    This is what I mean. You spend volumes of effort in your book explaining that the reason the black church exists is because whites showed in spectacularly evil ways that blacks are not welcome.

    Now years later white churches welcome people of color to the church and black, yellow, brown, and white worship together to the point of not having one dominate race and you diss them?? Seriously Lemar? You are just like Biden … if you don’t vote Biden you ain’t black. Your version of Biden’s comment is if you are not a crusader supporting Lemar’s “all knowing and perfect” political indictments of American institutions and Lemar’s view of Justice, you ain’t Christian.

    Specifically, you are so trained that leftist Idealogy is the only ideology that can advance black people in the U.S. that your response to the amazing progress of diversity in the church is “yeah, I’m not impressed.” In fact, this comment says more than “I’m not impressed, it says you are “cancelled” – you suck! You don’t love your brother!

    “Multiracial churches demonstrate the unity and diversity of God’s people in ways that few other communities can match. There are, however, many more ways such efforts go wrong than they go right.“

    Do you hear yourself? Perhaps you need to read your own book. Why not say “Multiracial churches demonstrate the unity and diversity of God’s people in ways that few other communities can match” then Stop …. celebrate, encourage.

    Yet you choose to use the great juxtaposition “however” and is if to yah, but you suck!! All the while black churches remain predominantly black because why??? Read the statement of faith for most black churches and then read the statement of faith for most multi-racial or white churches …. you know what you’ll find ? We have the same theology!

    So why black churches are not chided for remaining predominant black is beyond me! Segregation is gone but yet it is black churches who remain segregated.

    At least Hispanic or Asian churches have a reason to remain separate, they have members who do not speak English and the service is conducted in their language. Yet blacks speak English but apparently according to you, we don’t speak the same language. You speak Jesus + “we are an oppressed people, the White man has his boot on our necks, big government intervention is our savior” … Jesus+ being created in God’s image is not enough. The current civil rights legislation is not enough. All the programs that never existed before the 1960’s are not enough. The fact the we had a black president is not enough. The fact that there is story after story of “successful” black Americans is not enough. You and some other Black people are like the American soldier, holed up in a cave that is still fighting WWII. You always include a “but” whenever you a acknowledge progress never acknowledging the wars that have been won and relishing in the victory.

    What is your response to Candace Owens? What if black people who have left the black church feel people like Candace make good sense?

    What if they disagree with Candace and have similar politics as you and still feel their identity in Jesus causes then to have more in common with the people in a multi-racial church then they have differences ? Have you thought about that? Have you though that multi racial churches may not even have homogeneous politics?

    I have a black friend in Portland, Oregon and a friend here in California who do not know each other. Both have fathers that lead black churches. Both married a white woman and both of them are leaders in a multiracial church. If part of you reacts that they married white women or disappointed they don’t attend a black church. who is being racist??

    Ask yourself if your definition of black culture or being Black has nothing to do with Jesus. If it is Jesus + then ask yourself what part of that + “culture” Jesus would want you to keep?

    Kind Regards,

    Jon Ruiz

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