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White-Supremacy

"White supremacy is about safeguarding the illusion of America's sense of exceptionalism: in other words, protecting white space. It does not matter whether or not white people recognize themselves as racist. What matters is that this country's very identity is inextricably connected to an Anglo-Saxon exceptionalist myth that must be protected at all cost."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (pp. 17-18)


“Bringing an end to racism requires dismantling the social structures that enforce the racism of nice, politically correct white people.”

   - Miguel A. De La Torre ; Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers (p. 14)


"The English considered themselves the descendants of the Germanic tribes identified by Tacitus."    - Kelly Douglas Brown ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 5)


"What word does Christianity have to offer for those of us who live with our backs constantly against the walls of white supremacist heterosexist patriarchal ableist capitalism?"    - CHANEQUA WALKER-BARNES ; Why I Gave Up Church; Bearings Online. October 12, 2017


“The blinding hatred caused by racism and ethnic discrimination is a more powerful motivator than any desire to form a more perfect union in which whites’ own standard of living can be improved.”

   - Miguel A. De La Torre ; Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers (p. 27)


“White Christianity is now and has historically been an apologist for white nationalism.”

   - Miguel A. De La Torre ; Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers (p. 17)


“What is lacking, what has always been lacking, is will—the will to stop egregious cruelties that profit the exceptional few.”

   - Miguel A. De La Torre ; Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers (p. 8)


"To call Christ 'white' in a society where to be white is to be identified with oppressors identifies Christ as an oppressor. A white Christ undercuts Jesus's identification with the oppressed."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ


“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy of justice.”    - James Baldwin, quoted by Eddie S. Glaude in Begin Again ; Begin Again


"What do you do when you have lost faith in the place you call home? That wasn’t quite the right way to put it: I never really had faith in the United States in the strongest sense of the word. I hoped that one day white people here would finally leave behind the belief that they mattered more. But what do you do when this glimmer of hope fades, and you are left with the belief that white people will never change—that the country, no matter what we do, will remain basically the same?"    - Eddie S. Glaude Jr. ; Begin Again


"The major barrier to Christianizing the slaves was the slave-holders’ fears that the freedom that Jesus offered the oppressed during his own time, and the egalitarian themes present throughout the New Testament, might make slaves think that they should be free and equal to the white population."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 37)


"A white Christ looks too much like the enemy in a white racist society. Moreover, such an image is not inviting to black youth who are in need of developing positive self-images. A white Christ cannot provide them with the kind of role model they need to feel good about who they are as black men and women."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 25)


"For just as Jesus was seen as a threat to the forces of power in his day, black people are seen as a threat to the forces of Anglo-Saxon power and superiority in twenty-first-century America."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 19)


"White supremacy is about safeguarding the illusion of America's sense of exceptionalism: in other words, protecting white space. It does not matter whether or not white people recognize themselves as racist. What matters is that this country's very identity is inextricably connected to an Anglo-Saxon exceptionalist myth that must be protected at all cost."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (pp. 17-18)


"For just as Jesus was seen as a threat to the forces of power in his day, black people are seen as a threat to the forces of Anglo-Saxon power and superiority in twenty-first-century America."      - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 19)


"The construction of whiteness as cherished property is the advent of the ideology of white supremacy."    - Kelly Douglas Brown ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 38)


"Until we can see the cross and the lynching tree together, until we can identify Christ with a 'recrucified' black body hanging from a lynching tree, there can be no genuine understanding of Christian identity in America, and no deliverance from the brutal legacy of slavery and white supremacy."    - James H. Cone ; The Cross and the Lynching Tree


"The restless Puritan impulse to build paradise and their obsession with their own piety and redemption remain in white supremacist culture in the United States. Preoccupied with its own needs and anxieties, it tends to regard those it oppresses and exploits as important only insofar as they can play a role in a script in which whites are the main characters. Locked within a biblically based master narrative, white society embraces African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Native Americans as instruments of judgment and as agents of absolution. However, those shaped by such a culture tend to be primarily concerned with the state of their own souls—their guilt and their longing to be restored to innocence and their need to believe in their own goodness."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 376


"A stand-your-ground culture is nothing other than the enactment of whiteness as cherished property. It is the culture that protects the supremacy of whiteness, hence an inexorable cultural expression of whiteness as cherished property— that is, of white supremacy. Stand-your-ground culture spawns its own means, legal and extralegal, to insure that nothing nonwhite intrudes on white space. In other words, stand-your-ground culture protects the rights that come with cherished white property. With this understanding, we can now answer the following question: 'Could Trayvon have stood his ground on that sidewalk?'”    - Key Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 42)


"The black body that was once marked as chattel is now marked as criminal."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 74)


"The Pilgrims and Puritans fled from the Church of England to build a religious institution more befitting Anglo-Saxon virtue and freedom. They considered themselves the Anglo-Saxon remnant that was continuing a divine mission."    - Kelly Douglas Brown ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 6)


"Romanticism cultivated a reverence for the individual. It eschewed the Enlightenment focus on universals for a focus on particularities. The romantic movement highlighted the differences, as opposed to the similarities, between peoples."    - Kelly Douglas Brown ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 16)


"The Anglo-Saxon myth came to America through these radical English reformers. In transporting this myth across the Atlantic they actually imported the cornerstone for stand-your-ground culture. This myth was the essential piece in the construction of America's exceptional identity. The religious reformers were the ones who guaranteed this myth a decisive role in defining that identity."    - Kelly Douglas Brown ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 6)


"For Jefferson and Franklin, this religious narrative was not about Christianity. It was about the sacred nature of Anglo-Saxonism. It would become known as American civil religion. If Jefferson's and Franklin's expressions of America's religious canopy were sectarian, they were sectarian in terms of race, not religion. In many respects, Anglo-Saxonism was their religion."    - Kelly Douglas Brown ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 11)


"We must recognize the intersecting realities of all of these, that [misogyny, heterosexism, and homophobia] are all a part of a social political narrative of power. That is they are all a part of the white, patriarchal, imperialistic, capitalistic power. Misogyny, heterosexism, and homophobia are secreted by that narrative, and they feed the agenda of white, male hegemony.  In as much as non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual persons can be effectively marginalized, can be set against one another, and in as much as marginalized communities marginalize and oppress one another, well then. The white, male agenda of oppressive power has been served."    - Rev Dr. Kelly Brown Douglass ; Eradicating the Misogyny, Heterosexism, and Homophobia in Black Communities


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