Diminishing the Black voice and life

“One of the most damning legacies of white supremacy was not just the way it terrorized us with impunity and devalued us by denying our citizenship and disrespecting us by assaulting our dignity, it was also how it wounded our minds and wounded our souls and wounded our bodies. Any conception of God, (James) Baldwin wrote, must deal honestly with the ways Black people are unloved in American society and in the American church and give us all something that helps to work for a world in which all bodies experience what God desires. It must break down the walls. It must bind up our wounds. It must restore our joy. It must set us free and make us better — better at loving God, better at loving ourselves, better at creating love in a loveless world.” — Danté Stewart, Shoutin’ in the Fire, p. 111

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