Trump is a ritual healing of the wound of racism that gives only temporary joy, but because the shape of Trump and the racial society it creates doesn’t change, the wound comes back after you leave the rally. And the pain of the wound is blamed on the other side of the wound instead of seeing that it’s the Shape we are in that causes the pain.
What’s the difference between a Trump rally and old fashion southern tent revival?
What the difference between a Presbyterian Sermon in a big brick church and a Pentecostal tent Revival on the outskirts of a small southern town. In the church sermon the minister reads a well prepared logical sermon that makes his point.
My mother-in-law, a good southern Baptist would come home from church and evaluate the sermon on whether the preacher make his points logical. Did he connect all the dots.
But the Tent Revival has another person, not to make a rational dissertation on the Bible but to get everyone juiced up on Jesus, the imminence of hell and the immediate safety by coming to Jesus. The church Sermon is a head ritual and the tent revival is a heart/emotional ritual. The former keeps the body and emotions still and contained—no one ever loses control and leaps up possessed by spirit—and the latter provide a safe place for emotional eruptions, silly behavior and spontaneous speaking in gibberish.
The Church ritual is a container, the Tent Revival is a release from the container. As I explore this idea, I’m proposing that White Souther Evangelical rituals (church is a ritual) and Southern Black churches mirror each other. Each is their own way of releasing the tension and pain of racism and keeping it at the same time.
The racial patterns of segregation creates great tension in both sides as the human collective is divided against itself, and that is a social wound. That wound must have ritual healings, rituals that don’t remove the wound, but allow one to live with it.
The body is held captive by racial segregation. You body itself is either white good, black bad. You body is pained good or bad and you can’t get the pain off. This create intolerable pain, the pain of not being able to get rid of the pain no matter what you do or where you go. And pain cannot be allocated to one side and not the other when the One is divided into two. The white and black pain is equal, but ritually manifested in different ways. The White avoids its pain by projecting it onto the Black, as scapegoat. The Black accepts his pain like Jesus, or projects it on other Blacks. In the old south If the Black tries to give the pain that the White gave him back to the White…all hell breaks loose because the ritual dance of Black and White that has sustained the pattern for hundreds of years is being disturbed. That is like living the rock over an ant colony. All chaos breaks loose.