There’s an old saying in the Black Community, “when white folks get a cold, blacks folks catch pneumonia”. The same is true when it comes to leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion. It seems that blacks aka African Americans, tend to remain in the organization much longer than their white counterparts after learning that this is not the truth. In fact, they have much more to lose when leaving because many times they are attracted to the organization because they are escaping their former environment. The prospects of leaving the organization does not look that attractive to them. Thus they remain in the organization longer than necessary.
From our personal experience, we have seen that on average, African Americans may work lower wage jobs and when they come to the Kingdom Hall, they receive respect from members at the Kingdom Hall more so than they do on their jobs. Therefore, they have a lot more to lose when leaving the organization.
African Americans may feel they have nowhere else to go if they leave the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. We’ve received emails from a lot of individuals stating that the Jehovah’s Witnesses helped them clean up their life. However, unbeknownst to them, there are many other religions that help individuals do the same thing. The only difference is the Watchtower threatens their members with disfellowshipping if they do something wrong.
While we are not saying that ALL African Americans work low wage jobs, they have much more of a struggle to attain suitable employment due to the organization discouraging higher education.