Black Faith


From Kelly Brown Douglas’ Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God : “Black faith was forged in the midst of the perverse and tragic paradoxes of black life. It is a faith, therefore, that does not ignore the unthinkable and irrational terror of black living. It takes it seriously. It does not belittle or romanticize the pains and sufferings of black bodies. It does not revel in illusions and false hope. Neither does it allow black bodies to give in to the hardship and to be overcome with despair. Indeed, the faith born in slavery provided a weapon to resist and to fight against the religiously legitimated tyranny of America’s Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism. From its inception, black faith provided a counternarrative to those who would say that God created black bodies to be chattel.”


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