Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics

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From police violence to mass incarcera­tion, from environmental racism to micro-aggressions, the moral gravity of anti-black racism is attracting broad atten­tion. How do Christian ideas, practices, and institutions contribute to today’s struggle for racial justice? And how do they need to be reimagined in light of the challenges to white supremacy posed by today’s movements for racial justice?

With contributions by leading experts such as Katie Grimes, Steven Battin, Santiago Slabod­sky, M. Shawn Copeland, Kelly Brown Douglas, Elias Ortega-Aponte, Ashon Crawley, Eboni Marshall Turman, and Bryan Massingale, this collection speaks to scholars, students, activ­ists, and Christians of all races who believe that black lives matter.

Vincent W. Lloyd is associate professor of re­ligion at Syracuse University. His most recent book is Black Natural Law (Oxford).

Andrew Prevot is assistant professor of the­ology at Boston College. He is the author of Thinking Prayer (University of Notre Dame Press).

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Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics
Vincent W. Lloyd
Andrew Prevot

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"Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics" is an urgent, timely, beautiful, and prophetic text that breaks open the Word of God and new horizons in Christian theology and ethics. The theological academy owes a debt of gratitude to the contributors of this volume.
This volume, a call to intellectual, theological, and moral accountability, deserves to be required reading for Christian theological ethicists.
This book uses the idea of anti-blackness in a way that is analytically clarifying, politically mobilizing, and morally and theologically revelatory. These essays combine diversely creative approaches and subject matters with a coherent and energizing moral outrage at America's ongoing history of dismissing, abusing, and exploiting those identified as black, and a vigorous chorus of voices celebrating and vividly advancing the luminous humanity of those who will not be silent, or disappear. This terrific collection will be invaluable for students and scholars of Christian thought, Christian ethics, and American religion.
These superb and timely essays analyze the pervasive evil of anti-black racism, indict the factors that perpetuate it, and identify sites, sources, and strategies of resistance to it. Their combination of scholarship and advocacy is exemplary, and they deserve to be read, discussed, and acted on wherever Christian ethics is taught, studied, and practiced.
Read just a few pages of this text and you can sense the intellectual energy and sense of urgency that radiates from this stellar cast of intellectuals. Insightful, penetrating, and helpful, these essays commend a form of Christian Ethics crucial for this antagonistic moment when so many are unclear on how to proceed. Years from now this book will be seen as marking a crucial moment in Christian Ethics. I am glad I am here to see it and witness it in print.
White supremacy is an enduring problem in America and its churches and theology. This book is an important contribution to its meaning and what we must do to fight against it. I strongly recommend it.
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