To the editor:
After reading the article about African-American Catholics (“Black Catholics strengthen ties,” February 2006), once again I was amazed by the inference that merely because a parish is predominately white the presumption is that the parishioners are racists and should look inside of themselves to combat this presumed racism.
The reason for this “whiteness” comes not from bigotry but logistics and the blatant fact that for the most part outside of the city (and cities for that matter) there are many small towns with parishes and these parishes are predominately white because that is 1. where the greater majority of the population is indeed white and 2. because most Catholics are white.
I am at Mass every Sunday and if there are no African-Americans at Mass it is not because the doors are shut against them, but simply because they have chosen the religion of their relatives for generation after generation and for the most part they are Baptists.
If I drive past the Baptist church on a Sunday and see no lines of white people gathering, I do not consider the African-Americans to be racists against me as a white person or a Catholic, I see people choosing to go to the Baptist church.
If there is racism today, it is because we are constantly told by the press and the news media via television that we are so. Like the old saying goes, “If you are told something frequently enough, after a while you start believing it.”