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"However, it only affirmed what is common to all humanity, not what is particular and different. Such theologies assumed that individuals seeing others as like themselves provided an adequate basis for human community, whereas in fact community requires recognizing others both as kin and as other, as distinct and valuable in their particularities. Color and gender blindness create white-out conditions that build systems of justice on reductionistic erasures of particularities and differences. The work of justice requires paying attention to how difference is used to justify oppression. It employs astute awareness of how oppressive systems grant privilege and seek to protect it at all costs. It engages those who have privilege in challenging systems from which they benefit, not just helping those 'less fortunate.'”    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 396


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