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Stand your ground : black bodies and the justice of God

Author: Kelly Brown Douglas
Publisher: Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager in Florida, and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, brought public attention to controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. The verdict, as much as the killing, sent shock waves through the African-American community, recalling a history of similar deaths, and the long struggle for justice. On the Sunday morning following the verdict, black preachers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Former Course Reserve reading
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kelly Brown Douglas
ISBN: 9781626981096 1626981094
OCLC Number: 891609549
Description: xv, 240 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: America's exceptionalism --
The Black body: a guilty body --
Manifest destiny war --
Excursus: from Tacitus to Trayvon --
A father's faith: the freedom of God --
Jesus and Trayvon: the justice of God --
Prophetic testimony: the time of God --
A mother's weeping for justice.
Responsibility: Kelly Brown Douglas.

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The 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager in Florida, and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, brought public attention to controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. The verdict, as much as the killing, sent shock waves through the African-American community, recalling a history of similar deaths, and the long struggle for justice. On the Sunday morning following the verdict, black preachers around the country addressed the question, "Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?" This book is an attempt to take seriously social and theological questions raised by this and similar stories, and to answer black church people's questions of justice and faith in response to the call of God. But Kelly Brown Douglas also brings another significant interpretative lens to this text: that of a mother. "There 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." Her book will also affirm the "truth" of a black mother's faith in these times of stand your ground.

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