I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation

I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation

by Chanequa Walker-Barnes


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Disrupting the racist and sexist biases in conversations on reconciliation

Chanequa Walker-Barnes offers a compelling argument that the Christian racial reconciliation movement is incapable of responding to modern-day racism. She demonstrates how reconciliation’s roots in the evangelical, male-centered Promise Keepers’ movement has resulted in a patriarchal and largely symbolic effort, focused upon improving relationships between men from various racial-ethnic groups.

Walker-Barnes argues that highlighting the voices of women of color is critical to developing any genuine efforts toward reconciliation. Drawing upon intersectionality theory and critical race studies, she demonstrates how living at the intersection of racism and sexism exposes women of color to unique experiences of gendered racism that are not about relationships, but rather are about systems of power and inequity.

Refuting the idea that race and racism are “one-size-fits-all,” I Bring the Voices of My People highlights the particular work that White Americans must do to repent of racism and to work toward racial justice and offers a constructive view of reconciliation that prioritizes eliminating racial injustice and healing the damage that it has done to African Americans and other people of color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802877208
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 246,953
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a clinical psychologist, public theologian, and minister. She is the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength and has written over a dozen articles in theology and psychology. She serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the Mercer University McAfee School of Theology.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lisa Sharon Harper xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction 1

1 Racism Is Not about Feelings or Friendship 16

2 Racism Is Not a Stand-Alone Issue 63

3 The Unbearable Whiteness of Being 114

4 Reconciliation Begins with a Curse 161

5 Our Spiritual Strivings 206

Bibliography 235

Index of Subjects 248

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