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Collisions between Racism and the Truth of the Cross

Collisions between Racism and the Truth of the Cross

Chapter:
(p.153) Collisions between Racism and the Truth of the Cross
Source:
Contesting Post-Racialism
Author(s):
Leah Gaskin FitchueEbony Joy Fitchue
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.003.0009

James Cone’s book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, provides a reminder that it is impossible to live the lie of white supremacy and simultaneously live the truth of the cross. The argument of the current chapter is that the tragedy of American white supremacy is not only a destructive hatred of African Americans (Blacks) but also the self-destructive effects on whites living in the lie of their white supremacist attitudes. When these persons accept Cone’s invitation for confession, they will engage a newfound freedom, allowing them to shed the lie and the shackles of white supremacy and the need to hate blacks. Only at this point will these persons, who now love instead of hate, move toward closing the gap between white and black and share as brothers and sisters of the Gospel in the transformative beauty of community to which all are entitled.

Keywords:   racism, white supremacy, psychology, confession, repentance

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