Race, Ethnicity, & Religion


RELG-313: Race, Ethnicity, & Religion

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-20-2020



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This paper argues that whiteness and white fragility promote docile bystanders during racially charged campus incidents; however, a womanist, liberationist theology can effectively redress the misuse of Christian theology to advance white-supremacy in Lutheran institutions. First, I will leverage womanist ethicist Emilie Townes' concept of the fantastic hegemonic imagination to debunk stereotypes about Black students and analyze a recent racist incident at Augustana College. Next, utilizing Townes' concept of counter memory and Black liberation James Cone's insights in combination with Martin Luther and Dorothy Soelle's work, I will articulate a distinctly Lutheran theology that is oppositional to racist campus climates.

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