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American minorities and spirituality (not religion): why do you think this happens?

Why are so few African Americans, Latinos and other minorities present at spiritual conferences where people like Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer and others are speaking? I’m a Latina woman by birth and I must say it was a little disheartening to observe the small numbers of minorities in attendance at most spiritual gatherings. Why do you think this happens?

Are minorities more inclined to follow mainstream religions?

And why is it that it’s mostly “white” people (I don’t like categorizing, but I find no other way to explain this) the ones who are seeking to awaken at this point in time? I know there are some, very few, minorities who are also leaving old dogmas and beliefs behind. But it saddens me to see that a large portion of our population in America is still trapped by old traditional religious beliefs. Nothing wrong with that, of course, since it’s the path most natural to them at this particular point in their evolution as souls. However, I wonder why the disparity in numbers.

Every time I go to a spiritual gathering or watch a video of one online, the audience always seems to be 99.9% white…

I hope my question doesn’t offend anyone. I just want to understand what’s happening and why it is the way it is. What do you think?

I would especially love to hear from our African American brothers and sisters.

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Sávio do ES 2010.
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Sávio do ES 2010.

Hello; it’s all right?

Good, I think as our World even is filled with a lot of racism, and many people still suffers from it…

Unhappy, but really!

Well, that’s it!

Answered!

Brazilian greetings for you!

Lobinho
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Lobinho

Minorias americanas tende a pender para mais o lado do misticismo, é pura fulga da realidade, eu acho.

ketinunkantim
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ketinunkantim

I am the smaller minority of one, and I am American, I’m latin, and I’m also human. Of course. Humans are divided in two sexes. Males and females. Females do not have the same rights nor believes as males. Culture do not allow them to feel the same, nor to behave the same, nor to live the same. Humans are divided in four colours: alphabetically: black, red, white and yellow. The first thinking that cames to my mind is that there are… 6,4 billion humans in the planet and around 6,4 millions are not all the red, adding north and… Read more »

Pocket Protecktor
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Pocket Protecktor

Because they know all that stuff is bee ess…

phil8656
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phil8656

Great question. Sadly the answer is not so great. It’s mostly money and education. And the whites have most of both. I used to live in Northern California and noticed that as well. So when I did find a minority group of “seekers” I would try to get to know them. The leaders always welcomed anybody new, but the followers always made their prejudice known. This happened with both Black and Native American groups. Racism does not discriminate, anybody can do it. One thing that must be overcome on a spiritual path is the “victim mentality”. Which is much easier… Read more »

Reoriented
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Reoriented

target market. many recognize the ideas stolen from their culture and warped to American tastes.

klby
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klby

SIMPLE ANSWER :

Its the “white” majority who posses the money necessary to attend such gatherings ! The discretionary time available to them likely exceeds the amount possessed by minorities—-also the definition of discretionary time (or money) is slightly different !

I would guess that “white” Americans have been exposed to freer thinking and openess

Jimmy U
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Jimmy U

I’m a 20 yr African-American and I guess Farrakhan doesn’t count. I’m my own spiritual gathering meaning no one represents me but God.

Galaxie Girl
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Galaxie Girl

I think it’s simply a difference in cultures. You could ask why Asians tend to do so well in school while blacks and hispanics tend to get lower grades – and again, it comes down to culture. Different cultures have different priorities.