Thursday, September 12, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #46

[The death of whiteness and white privilege] is fundamentally a matter of “exorcism”—of excising the person from the presumption, from the political inscription in the body that has engrained social superiority and cultural normativity as an unthought birthright.  The hallmark of that displacement will first of all be the experience of terror and loss—of position, of privilege, of power, of identity—as the precursor to new identity, new position, new vulnerability. . .This then is the deep meaning of whiteness that remains to be understood and disavowed.  It is a supremacy of entitlement.  And it is a lie.  It cannot be saved, only foresworn and fought against, in lifelong struggle. 

James W. Perkinson, White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity (New York: Palgrave, 2004), 215.

[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]

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