Stand Your Ground

Black Bodies and the Justice of God

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Kelly Brown Douglas
  • Maryknoll, NY: 
    Orbis Books
    , May
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book has been reviewed in JAAR by Rima Vesely-Flad. Click here to read the review.

On the Sunday morning after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, black preachers across America addressed the questions his death raised for their communities: “Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?”

In this timely and compelling book, Kelly Brown Douglas examines the myths and narratives underlying a “stand-your-ground” culture, taking seriously the social as well as the theological questions raised by this and similar events, from Ferguson, Missouri to Staten Island, New York.

But the author also brings another significant interpretative lens to this text: that of a mother. She writes: “ere has been no story in the news that has troubled me more than that of Trayvon Martin’s slaying. President Obama said that if he had a son his son would look like Trayvon. I do have a son and he does look like Trayvon.”

In the face of tragedy and indifference, Kelly Brown Douglas arms the truth of a black mother’s faith in these times of “stand your ground.”

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

Kelly Brown Douglas is an Episcopal priest and professor of religion at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. Her books include The Black ChristWhat’s Faith Got to Do with It? and The Black Body and the Black Church/A Blues Slant.

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