Theology in the Hands of Racist Colonialists
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
"The central effect of the loss of the earth as an identity signifier was that native identities, tribal, communal, familial, and spatial, were constricted to simply their bodies, leaving behind the very ground that enables and facilitates the articulation of identity. The profound commodification of bodies that was New World slavery signifies an effect humankind has yet to reckon with fully - a distorted vision of creation. . . . Before this agency would yield 'the idea of race,' 'the scientific concept of race,' the 'social principle of race,' or even a fully formed 'racial optic' on the world, it was a theological form - an inverted, distorted vision of creation that reduced theological anthropology to commodified bodies. In this inversion, whiteness replaced the earth as the signifier of identities." - Willie James Jennings What, exactly, went wrong with the colonialists? What was beneath the racism, arrogance, and ignorance? How could even the most well-educated classes be en...
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