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Racial Reconciliation

Black Masculinity, Societal Indifference, and Church Socialization

Steven Randolph Cureton

Racial Reconciliation: Black Masculinity, Societal Indifference, and Church Socialization pursues the deconstruction and construction of black masculinity. This book is partly exploratory in that it presents an abundance of profound quotes from historical and contemporary blacks who have a vested interest in race relations. It could be that the United States of America has not been ready to be receptive to the idea that blacks not only can recognize their own oppression but also can articulate with accuracy the human nature of the oppressor. This book aims to directly confront the nature and extent of racism and discrimination in an era that boasts about racial progress and a similar era whereby modern day churches perceive themselves as beacons of morality and racial harmony.

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1. Malcolm X Has Spoken: Racial Reconciliation over Racial Agitation


Chapter One

Malcolm X Has Spoken

Racial Reconciliation over Racial Agitation

Wisdom, compassion, and love for one another are essential for racial reconciliation. In order to engage in a journey toward compassion and love for one another specifically designed to create the condition of being human equally together as opposed to being human unequally separate, there is a need to own up to white manifest destiny or its post-modern recreation, white privilege. Primary to the foundation of America is the fundamental idea that one race is entitled to all of the resources of a land, regardless of the presence of indigenous populations. Moreover, the foundation of America included a system where slavery was a critical vessel to building a nation, expanding territory, and advancing a white culture at the expense and even to the detriment of Africans who would become black in America.

On the other hand, the creation of a system in which race plays a central part, one that codifies the superiority of the white race over all others, has been in no way accidental or haphazard. Throughout American history white power-holders, acting on behalf of our entire race have made decisions that have affected white people as a group very differently than groups of color. History is filled with examples of purposeful construction of a systemic structure that ←15 | 16→grants privileges to white people and withholds them from others. White people’s believing that our destiny was to own...

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