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Redeeming Dangerous Memories: Black Women and Racial Injustice / Keri Day and Miroslav Volf

For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture

June 6, 2020

39 minutes

Theologian Keri Day shares her experience as a black woman and a theologian, not only of the past week, but the long history of racism in America, stemming from the racially inflected roots of America’s founding and emerging even from history that has been erased. She and Miroslav Volf discuss her whole vision of individual and social justice through the lens of Christian faith and practice. Keri also provides a gripping example of redeeming dangerous memories in the form of the 1921 Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre.

Show Notes

  • Keri Day, Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America, and Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black feminist Perspectives.
  • Watching the events of June 2020 in the U.S. as a black woman.
  • This moment stands within a long history.
  • A theology of protest, Jesus is confronting powers.
  • Christian motivation for embracing difference.
  • We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ.
  • How the gospels have been read by different communities.
  • Breonna Taylor as an example of the diversity of those who are vulnerable to police brutality.
  • The shift in women’s incarceration.
  • The importance of interior transformation.
  • A marriage of Marx and Kierkegaard
  • Resistance begins in the interior space.
  • Confronting the fear of doing things wrong socially or theologically.
  • Retrieving and redeeming dangerous memories.
  • The Tulsa Riot of 1921 and erased history.
  • The Gospel mandate and racial justice.

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