I Bring the Voices of My People

A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation

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Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Prophetic Christianity
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Eerdmans
    , October
     2019.
     240 pages.
     $24.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780802877208.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

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.

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

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.

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