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"The white Christ is, thus, predicated upon an understanding of Jesus that disregards what he did do—that is, minister to the poor and oppressed—yet accents what he did not—that is, speak directly against slavery."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 38)


"Slavery would be banished from view or seen as a mistake instead of a defining institution of systemic cruelty in pursuit of profit. That history would fortify our national identity, and any attempt to confront the lie itself would be sabotaged by the fear that we may not be who we say we are. For white people in this country, 'America' is an identity worth protecting at any cost."    - Eddie S. Glaude Jr. ; Begin Again


"The people who settled the country had a fatal flaw. They could recognize a man when they saw one. They knew he wasn’t…anything else but a man; but since they were Christian, and since they had already decided that they came here to establish a free country, the only way to justify the role this chattel was playing in one’s life was to say that he was not a man. For if he wasn’t, then no crime had been committed. That lie is the basis of our present trouble."    - James Baldwin ; The White Problem, Quoted in Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.


“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed."    - Torah Redactors ; Exodus 23.12


"I had crossed de line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but dere was no one to welcome me to de land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in de old cabin quarter, wid de ole folks, and my brudders and sisters. But to dis solemn resolution I came; I was free, and dey should be free also; I would make a home for dem in de North, and de Lord helping me, I would bring dem all dere. Oh, how I prayed den, lying all alone on de cold, damp ground; 'Oh, dear Lord,' I said, 'I haint got no friend but you. Come to my help, Lord, for I'm in trouble!'"    - Harriet Tubman ; Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)


"The parable's harvest thus symbolically represents a dramatic shattering of the vassal relationship between peasant and landlord. With such surplus, the farmer could not only eat and pay his rent, tithes, and debts, but indeed even purchase the land, and thus end his servitude forever."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Liberation in the Hagar stories is not given by God; it finds its source in human initiative."    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


"Hagar becomes the first female in the Bible to liberate herself from oppressive power structures."    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


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