Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God

Stand Your Ground Black Bodies and the Justice of God On the Sunday morning after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin s killer black preachers across America addressed the questions his death raised for their communities Where is the justice of God What are

  • Title: Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Author: Kelly Brown Douglas
  • ISBN: 9781626981096
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the Sunday morning after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin s killer, black preachers across America addressed the questions his death raised for their communities Where is the justice of God What are we to hope for In this timely and compelling book, Kelly Brown Douglas examines the myths and narratives underlying a stand your ground culture, taking seriously the soOn the Sunday morning after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin s killer, black preachers across America addressed the questions his death raised for their communities Where is the justice of God What are we to hope for In this timely and compelling book, Kelly Brown Douglas examines the myths and narratives underlying a stand your ground culture, taking seriously the social as well as the theological questions raised by this and similar events, from Ferguson, Missouri to Staten Island, New York.But the author also brings another significant interpretative lens to this text that of a mother She writes There has been no story in the news that has troubled me than that of Trayvon Martin s slaying President Obama said that if he had a son his son would look like Trayvon I do have a son and he does look like Trayvon In the face of tragedy and indifference, Kelly Brown Douglas arms the truth of a black mother s faith in these times of stand your ground from orbisbooks stand your

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    1. I read this book as a result of reading my alumni magazine from Denison University for December 2015, which had an article about the author, an alumna. She’s a feminist black advocate, with a divinity degree from Union (she’s an Episcopal priest), currently a professor at Goucher College. I had previously read Between the world and me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and become familiar with the Reconciliation Project at the Episcopal Cathedral in Providence (and it’s many antecedents), and had becom [...]

    2. A vitally important book examining stand your ground culture. Features a wide-ranging analysis of Anglo-Saxon Exceptionalism from Tacitus all the way through the lynching of Trayvon Martin. Necessary reading.

    3. Everyone should read this book, but ESPECIALLY the privileged white. The perfect mix of academia and personal story.

    4. Read this book for my MDiv work and I don't know that I'll read a more formative or significant book in the rest of my program. Douglas's approach in outlining the historical factors and contributors to American exceptionalism and the Anglo-Saxon myth as they built up a stand-your-ground culture, followed by theological responses as informed by black Christian traditions accomplishes not only an impressive and thought-provoking profile of racism in America and Christianity, but also a sense of u [...]

    5. I read this book with my church's Pastor's Study. Needless to say this book is not for the faint of heart. As an African American women I strongly identified with the author in her search for meaning and a meaningful outcome following the murderers of unarmed black people. While there is no conclusive ending, reading this book has enlightened me to just how deeply white supremacist views are ingrained in our political and economic systems and encourages me to continue to fight for justice knowin [...]

    6. Highly, highly recommend this book. Dr. Brown Douglas presents a concise and clear summation of the role Anglo-Saxon Christian male supremacist ideology has played in history, and the tragic consequences this has had and continues to have in the U.S.

    7. A radical re-examination of American history and theology through an African American Christian theological lens.This book is one that is difficult to read with concepts that build upon each other from chapter to chapter. I found it helpful to consistently move myself through it even though it is quite meaty.I do wish for a Cliff Notes or a graphic "novel" version for many of my friends who would not enjoy the academic language of this version but would benefit from the fantastic content.With ex [...]

    8. This is an important book, but it is slow going to read, at least it was for me. I found it repetitive in many places, and wished she would just get to the next point. Those points, however, are important, very important, and in part, they are groundbreaking realizations of how we've come to this point in time, when the slayer of Trayvon Martin can walk free.I would not suggest you begin here, if you are just coming to a study of race in America, but you should certainly add this to your list of [...]

    9. A searing read, this theological response to the murder of Trayvon Martin with an analysis of America's founding myth of Angl0-Saxon exceptionalism and supremacy and how the black faith tradition points to a future beyond this violent myth.There were times in part one, the analysis of the myth, that I disagreed with nuances of the historical interpretation, but the book soars in the second part as it engages the black faith tradition both as critique and as hope.

    10. A powerful, moving analysis of the white history of black oppression and the black history of responding to and overcoming it. The first half details the history of "stand your ground" culture, its ancestors, and its historical and religious foundations. The second half explains how faith in God keeps the black community moving forward in the face of oppression. A fantastic read for all faiths and races, my only criticism is it's very dense, and repetitive in parts, like many "academic" texts.

    11. This book explores the Stand Your Ground culture that exists in the U.S. - how it began and why it continues. But it also delves into black faith and the meaning of God to the African American community in a Stand Your Ground Culture.It made me take a long hard look at what deep cultural biases I might have and made me vow to change them.

    12. This book is a must read, period. While her style is a bit labored and repetitive in places, the scholarship and theology and history provides a crucial understanding of why our post-racial nation is anything but, and her personal reflections are heart-rending. I've heard her speak twice, and if you can find her on a podcast or interview, do that if you don't want to read the book.

    13. Probably 3.5 stars, but giving it 4 for the excellent job she does laying the groundwork in part 1 - showing how black bodies have come to be regarded as nothing in American culture. Very good read for those of you who don't understand why people are making it a big deal that #blacklivesmatter

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