Saturday, September 07, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #41

Perhaps one of the most cogent and difficult things that must be said about white identity in the modern world is that it is fundamentally a structure of denial.  It is elusive to talk about. . .precisely in its function of hiding history and domination under a presumed normalcy and a naturalized superiority. . .This lack of apprehension, this deafness and blindness to the cost of one’s comfort and control for others elsewhere [shows that] for most whites, the idea that whiteness is a primary meaning of terror for many black people is almost unthinkable. Ultimately, there is no remedy for such denial if black voices themselves are simply dismissed in their testimony to the reality they have lived and suffered.

James W. Perkinson, White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity (New York: Palgrave, 2004), 175-176.

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

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