Sampling the Charleston Syllabus.

May 20, 2016 — Leave a comment


One of this week’s best new releases is:

The Charleston Syallbus:
Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence
Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, Keisha Blaine, Eds.

Buy now: [ Amazon ]

This book captures a lengthy Twitter conversation, in the wake of the Charleston shootings, about essential readings on racism and racial violence. 

Included below are some of the readings that are excerpted in this new book. The book is divided into six sections and we offer at least one reading from each section.


Also of interest…
Our God is Too White?
Diversifying our Theological Reading


Section 5: Civil Rights and Black Power
Robin Blake –
Is it time to reevaluate the church’s role in
the Civil Rights Movement?


Faith is a tenant of the Black community, but has been used against us in the past. Black people have become complacent and reliant upon a deity to solve real world issues which require true effort and solidarity. Religion divides people just as easily as it brings them together, and its place in social progress needs to be evaluated.
I was raised in a devout Christian home, and that’s why I personally feel infuriated when people insist that we need to pray and rely on a higher power in these situations. I was brought up to believe that faith without work is dead. Prayer is great; it has mental and spiritual benefits and brings people closer together. Where do we draw the line?
Not long ago, I attended one of many protests for Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy shot by Cleveland police at a park in November of 2014. Local churches came out to show their support for the cause, which I initially thought was a lovely gesture. However, they came bearing white flags – the universal symbol of surrender – and that struck a chord with me. Did no one stop to think that maybe we were sending mixed signals to everyone? Does the appearance of submission really lend validity to the cause? Placing a flower in the barrel will not stop the bullet, regardless of the message sent. It doesn’t particularly matter how righteous you are if, in the end, you’re killed. I do believe Malcolm X said it best:




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