Crucified by Racism

August 25, 2018 at 10:39 am | Posted in Christian theology,, colonization,, racism,, religion | 3 Comments


The following is my review of a new book on the relationship between Christian theology and racism by Fordham theologian Jeannine Hill Fletcher. It appears in the August 24-September 6 issue of the National Catholic Reporter.

By Jeannine Hill Fletcher
194 pages; Orbis Books, 2017. $28.00.

Never for a moment did I buy the notion that with the election of Barack Obama as president, the United States had become a “post-racial” society. But even for a skeptic like me, the statistics from the 2016 presidential election were difficult to absorb: Eighty-one percent of white evangelical Christians and 60 percent of white Catholics voted for Donald Trump. How could Christians vote for such an unabashedly racist candidate?

As we attempt to answer that question, it’s hard to imagine anything timelier than Jeannine Hill Fletcher’s new book. In The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America, Hill Fletcher draws on her expertise in interreligious theology as well as extensive research into the history of Euro-American Christianity to lay out the devastating connections between Christian theology and the ideologies of racial supremacy that underpin our current political crisis.

Then, thank God, she presents a theological paradigm to help us move toward racial and religious transformation.

(Continue reading on the NCR webpage).





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  1. Fascinating review of what sounds like a very useful, thoughtful book. I’d like to hear more from you about one of your critiques, however, and hope you may devote a separate post to explain your point: “I fear that Hill Fletcher’s critique of Christian supremacy, and of the teaching of Christ’s uniqueness on which it is based, may prove unhelpful, or even hurtful, to many of the large percentage of African-Americans and sub-Saharan Africans who are Christians. For them, the truth of the Christian faith and the uniqueness of Christ — Christ as the “only begotten Son of God” — may well provide a crucial support in their struggles against racism and oppression.”


  2. Thanks for this review, and for introducing us to this book, Marian!
    One of the ironies in the “Christian” white supremacy theory is that Jesus was Middle Eastern — not “white” by European “white” standards….


  3. I think I finally got the machine to post my comments. Thanks, Marian! Doretta


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