Christ Divided

Antiblackness as Corporate Vice

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Katie Walker Grimes
  • Minneapolis, MN : 
    Fortress Press
    , November
     344 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kimberly Humphrey forthcoming.


Bringing the wisdom of generations of black Catholics into conversation with contemporary scholarly accounts of racism, Christ Divided diagnoses “antiblackness supremacy” as a corporate vice that inhabits the body of Christ. To truly understand racial inequality, theologians must acknowledge the existence of “antiblackness supremacy” and recognize its uniquely foundational role in prevailing processes of racialization and racial hierarchy.

In addition to introducing a new framework of racial analysis, this book proposes a new approach to virtue ethics. The theory of corporate virtue outlined here provides a framework through which to evaluate the habits of antiblackness supremacy and propose new ones—to be made to “do the right thing.” 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Katie Walker Grimes is assistant professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. She is the author of Fugitive Saints: Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery (Fortress Press, 2017). She has published articles on the relation of white supremacy and the Catholic Church in Political Theology and Horizons and has articles in the Journal of Religious Ethics. She is a regular contributing author to the blog Women in Theology. 

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