I've heard this argument before from a lot of the Black Panther-esque types, but it doesn't hold true. Heard of liberation theology? Yes, religion is one of the ways that slaveowners used to keep slaves docile (you know, along with whips and chains and rape and racism and such.) But at the same time, religion has been used in a way that inspires people to action. It cuts both ways - as Frederick Harris has written, religion has been used both as an opiate and as an inspiration for black political action.
Are you guys freaking serious? In 1960 when the church actually meant something to the black community besides hawking T.D. Jakes books, Madea bootlegs, and the never ending building fund I would agree with you wholeheartedly. However, these past two elections are prime examples of the farce that is Christianity in this country. Church pastors telling congregations to vote for a President that does not give a damn about the common man regardless of race. Faith based initiatives keeping the poor in check. I am not one to knock someone's religion whatever it may be, but Christianity is not viewed with the same reverence and call for social change that existed years ago. If social reform ever takes place in this country it will not be due to America's churches.