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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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3. Racial Equity and Criminal Justice

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Chapter Three

Racial Equity and Criminal Justice

 

The bogeyman lurking for the sole purpose of imposing nightmarish conditions on unsuspecting prey has manifest as the black man. The black man is the bogeyman; he is the residue of the devil as evidenced by his body being wrapped in black skin (Hilton and Whitaker, 2018). Black skin carries the cultural signifier of monster, capable of monstering beyond imagination to the point that he is so far distanced from humanity and more of an “It!” The “It” is not even an animal, but a beast of burden and religiously the “It” is indeed the nastiness of Sin! (West, 2001; Dyson, 1996). Du Bois put it differently, by suggesting that blackness is a veil, blackness is a problem, and blackness is the devil (Du Bois, 1903, 1904, 1920, 1953). The passage below speaks of a monster that is capable of displacing reason, justice, and mercy. The passage implies that it’s not just a few Negroe men, but all Negroe men throughout history, the present and the future to come by referring to them as John and Richard Doe.

The Negro “with us” is not an actual physical being of flesh and bones and blood, but a hideous monster of the mind, ugly beyond all physical portraying, so utterly and ineffably monstrous as to frighten reason from its throne, ←65 | 66→and justice from its balance, and mercy from its hallowed temple, and to blot out...

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