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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)


"To claim that a minister's responsibility is to save souls and not to become involved in social justice issues is consistent with the religion of the white Christ."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ


"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


"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)


"In general, an interpretation of Christianity that focuses on God's coming from heaven and becoming incarnate in Jesus, while sacrificing Jesus's ministry, unleashes the possibility for the emergence of the white Christ."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 36)


"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)


"After all, are we not all oppressed, especially those who think that their freedom is found in social, political, and economic domination of others? Although these questions point to an essential truth of the gospel of liberation, they have been used by oppressors for untruth. The untruth of these questions lies in the subjective and often undisclosed intention of the people who ask them. While pretending to be concerned about the universal character of the human condition, oppressors are in fact concerned to justify their own particular status in society. They want to be oppressors and Christians at the same time. Since the oppressed are the only true Christians, oppressors claim to be victims, not for the purpose of being liberated but for their own social interests in retaining a 'Christian' identity while being against Jesus Christ. This is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer in another context called 'cheap grace.' I call it hypocrisy and blasphemy."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"The great problem with dominant white theologians, especially white men, is their tendency to speak as if they and they alone can set the rules for thinking about God."

   - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


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