Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Dean Powery: Brutalizing Black Bodies Is an Assault Against God

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Writing in Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership online magazine, Chapel Dean Luke Powery says, "You can’t be for God and be for anti-Black violence."

The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and other recent acts of violence against Black Americans is "part of a long, long line of real-life stories revealing anti-Blackness, in our country and in American Christianity," he writes.

"As a Christian minister, I must name this truth," he says. "I must also name another truth of the gospel: The incarnation of Jesus shows us a different vision for human life, in which God embraces Black bodies, all bodies, all flesh, so that being for God means being against anti-Black violence."

Read the article.