Before I get into what it is I have to say, I want to put a few disclaimers: 1.) I'm not racist. If it were ever found out that I was (since everyone likes to claim that everybody is at least a little racist), then I guarantee, black or African-American's are on the bottom of the list of races I dislike. 2.) I don't know much about Afrocentrism and only have a mild knowledge about the crusades, however this thread will loosley touch on both of those things. 3.) I am not atheist - but I have a huge problem with people who try and force their beliefs on others. 4.) For further clarification on what a "black mall" is, watch Chris Rock's stand up. A few months back, I was at my local shopping mall with a white friend of mine - I myself am Indian (brown). Most in the community and outsiders would agree that the mall we were at is the "black" mall. While eating at the food court, a black women approached me, along with two other men (all black). They began to try and convert me to Christianity - and became very aggressive about it. In the end, they guaranteed me that I was going to hell, because I didn't believe what they wanted me to. Besides the annoying fact that I was being harassed, while trying to enjoy my meal - there is something more that bothers me. Maybe I am uneducated on the matter, but as far as I can remember, It was the crusades that introduced Christianity to Africa and black people centuries ago in the first place. It was a European religion that was forcefully willed onto the dark continent a long time ago - especially in the northern regions. So basically, I find it a little asinine, hypocritical, and disrespectful to ancestors of Africa, for a group of black people with European names to preach to me about a European religion. I see religious nut jobs all over, of all races, that is a whole other rant - but evangelical African-Americans are an enigma to me. As a black person, wouldn't you want to know more about your actual roots and not invest so much time in the gospel of white people? This is not a one time instance - majority of the black people in my community are uber-christian. There is even a show on our local cable access, hosted by three black guys, called "witnesses of Jesus" - all of the hosts are African born. As I eluded to earlier, it is possible that my confusion and frustration on this matter is due to a lack of education on my part - I don't mind being corrected however. In fact, correct me or fill me in on the truth - because apparently I am missing something. What's the deal with black people and Jesus?