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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 so 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: “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.” 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.” -from http://www.orbisbooks.com/stand-your-...


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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 so 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: “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.” 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.” -from http://www.orbisbooks.com/stand-your-...

30 review for Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I read this book with my church's Pastor's Study. Needless to say this book is not for the faint of heart. As an African American women I strongly identified with the author in her search for meaning and a meaningful outcome following the murderers of unarmed black people. While there is no conclusive ending, reading this book has enlightened me to just how deeply white supremacist views are ingrained in our political and economic systems and encourages me to continue to fight for justice knowin I read this book with my church's Pastor's Study. Needless to say this book is not for the faint of heart. As an African American women I strongly identified with the author in her search for meaning and a meaningful outcome following the murderers of unarmed black people. While there is no conclusive ending, reading this book has enlightened me to just how deeply white supremacist views are ingrained in our political and economic systems and encourages me to continue to fight for justice knowing that God created all people to be free.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Abell

    I read this book as a result of reading my alumni magazine from Denison University for December 2015, which had an article about the author, an alumna. She’s a feminist black advocate, with a divinity degree from Union (she’s an Episcopal priest), currently a professor at Goucher College. I had previously read Between the world and me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and become familiar with the Reconciliation Project at the Episcopal Cathedral in Providence (and it’s many antecedents), and had become intr I read this book as a result of reading my alumni magazine from Denison University for December 2015, which had an article about the author, an alumna. She’s a feminist black advocate, with a divinity degree from Union (she’s an Episcopal priest), currently a professor at Goucher College. I had previously read Between the world and me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and become familiar with the Reconciliation Project at the Episcopal Cathedral in Providence (and it’s many antecedents), and had become intrigued by h0w our country’s history of slavery permeates our life and culture today. This book grabbed me immediately, as it tries to make sense of the Trayvon Martin killing and the finding of not guilty for his killer George Zimmerman – an event I have always had difficulty understanding and which offended my sense of justice. This book was very illuminating for me and helped me understand how our country still tolerates killings of young black males by whites under circumstances in which, had I been the victim, my killer would have received a death sentence or life imprisonment. The book’s thesis – that this is due to our Anglo-Saxon exceptionalist history – is carried throughout the book, beginning with Tacitus’ Germania from 98 C.E., through the Puritan’s “city on a hill,” through slavery treating blacks as chattel, through Manifest Destiny, Jim Crow, lynchings, and reaching to today’s Stand Your Ground culture. The thesis seems contrived and forced much of the time, as the author clearly cherry-picks history, but I think the point is valid: U. S. culture still elevates white privilege and denigrates the black body. The later parts of the book are much stronger, perhaps because the author is on much firmer ground – her understanding of the role of the black church and its theology and history of non-violence and the role of Martin Luther King. I particularly found inspiring her comments under “Moral Memory” beginning on page 217 and the final section “The Question Answered” beginning at page 223. I was grateful to the author for helping me understand – finally – how Trayvon’s killer could have been found not guilty – and our response to young black males invading our white space.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I found this book in a search for female theologians, and it seemed appropriate to the times we are living in. The first part of the book is a review of history that demonstrates how black men are have become viewed as criminal. It was a pretty detailed review of historical writings. While I disagreed with some of her interpretations of writings, it was thorough and has given me a new perspective on some of those historical events. Even though I wasn't in complete agreement with her historical i I found this book in a search for female theologians, and it seemed appropriate to the times we are living in. The first part of the book is a review of history that demonstrates how black men are have become viewed as criminal. It was a pretty detailed review of historical writings. While I disagreed with some of her interpretations of writings, it was thorough and has given me a new perspective on some of those historical events. Even though I wasn't in complete agreement with her historical interpretations, the result that she describes and is seen in our world is true in many respects. She moves on to theology in the second half of the book. I appreciated her discussion on how different people have different emphases in the narrative of scripture. The point of the book is who gives justice for a black teenager murdered on the street when American courts set the confessed killer free? The answer is God. I was greatly moved by this book. I watched 13th in the middle of my reading, and though it did not use as strong of language that Douglas did (the word chattel was frequently used in the book), they both did a fantastic job of explaining the criminalization of black men. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear a theological and maternal perspective on race issues in our country. The warning is that it is a difficult read. The language is hard to hear (I listened to the audio book). It is not a quick read. It is detailed and deep. Definitely not fluff. But it has changed me and that is the mark of a good book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Krueger

    Listen to my podcast interview with the author at: http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org... Listen to my podcast interview with the author at: http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    A moving, educational, and insightful reflection on colonial (stand your ground/white supremacist) culture, Black faith, and the separation between imperial christianity supporting white supremacist culture and liberating christianity and an understanding of God that calls us to freedom and justice. Recommended for individual, small group, and congregational study.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rose Schrott

    I think the one word I would use to describe this book is profound. Starting with the roots and philosophy of our America’s founders (what Douglas calls the Anglo Saxon myth of exceptionalism), this book traces the deep veins of racism throughout the arc of American history to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 (and others like him). This book marries history with theological reflection with personal narrative as Douglas, a priest, mother, and black woman, reads herself into our countries histor I think the one word I would use to describe this book is profound. Starting with the roots and philosophy of our America’s founders (what Douglas calls the Anglo Saxon myth of exceptionalism), this book traces the deep veins of racism throughout the arc of American history to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 (and others like him). This book marries history with theological reflection with personal narrative as Douglas, a priest, mother, and black woman, reads herself into our countries history as she unveils it to others. Her observations are acute and poignant; her writing is easy to read. I will keep this book on my shelf and turn to it again and again in times when I need to articulate “how we got here” and “where is god.” I found her reflection on redemptive suffering and the cross-resurrection to be particularly formative. I’m proud to share an alma mater with Douglas (s/o Denison) and will be reading more of her work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie Watson-Fore

    This book is a powerhouse, essential reading for anyone seeking to learn more about American whiteness and the justifications we've created to sustain the centuries-long Manifest Destiny war on Black and Native bodies perceived as 'in the way' of Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism. Just days before starting this book, I was talking to a friend on the phone and we realized neither of us really knew what 'Anglo-Saxon' meant. It has something to do with whiteness, but what exactly? Kelly Brown Douglas explo This book is a powerhouse, essential reading for anyone seeking to learn more about American whiteness and the justifications we've created to sustain the centuries-long Manifest Destiny war on Black and Native bodies perceived as 'in the way' of Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism. Just days before starting this book, I was talking to a friend on the phone and we realized neither of us really knew what 'Anglo-Saxon' meant. It has something to do with whiteness, but what exactly? Kelly Brown Douglas explores that and more, providing extensive historical context to the ancient myth of the Anglo-Saxons, demonstrating the 'sacred canopies' erected to provide religious justification for American exceptionalism, and how 'standing one's ground' has been an evolving process to protect the cherished space of whiteness since the birth of this country. The book is dense, academic, and highly-researched. At first I was nervous that the strict logical progression of Douglas' prose would make this hard to read; however, once I got the initial terms down, the pacing carried me along. As the book progresses, the liberating work of God takes the stage more and more. Rooting her arguments in the Bible and anchoring them in African American spirituals, Douglas demonstrates that a faith unconcerned with creating freedom in the world is a false faith. This book contains so much that requires further reflection, and I intend to keep coming back to it for a while.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Philip Yoder

    Kelly Brown Douglas does an excellent job at laying out the history of violence against African Americans using George Zimmerman's murdering of Trayvon Martin and the "Stand your Ground" ruling that allowed Zimmerman to get away with it. It was very compelling and supplied me with language to talk about systemic racial violence. Kelly Brown Douglas does an excellent job at laying out the history of violence against African Americans using George Zimmerman's murdering of Trayvon Martin and the "Stand your Ground" ruling that allowed Zimmerman to get away with it. It was very compelling and supplied me with language to talk about systemic racial violence.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andee

    Everyone should read this book, but ESPECIALLY the privileged white. The perfect mix of academia and personal story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane Anderson

    Absolutely one of the most powerful books I've read this year. Absolutely one of the most powerful books I've read this year.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin Beall

    One of the most important books I’ve ever read. Should be required reading for Americans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Excellent. This book is that wonderful combination of tightly argued and highly readable. I came to this book hoping for a better, theological understanding of movement for black lives in the US, and Kelly Brown Douglas delivers this in spades. Inspiring and moving. An important book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Richards

    Not always the biggest KBD fan when it comes to Christology, but the way she walks through the history of Angl0-Saxon exceptionalism and its impact on U.S. culture makes this well worth the read. From Tacitus' Germania to Reagan's War on Drugs, KBD points out the ideology that continues to haunt our nation—a racist ideology of "whiteness" in our political, social, and cultural dealings. Great read in that regard. Would commend it to anyone trying to figure out how we've gotten where we are in Am Not always the biggest KBD fan when it comes to Christology, but the way she walks through the history of Angl0-Saxon exceptionalism and its impact on U.S. culture makes this well worth the read. From Tacitus' Germania to Reagan's War on Drugs, KBD points out the ideology that continues to haunt our nation—a racist ideology of "whiteness" in our political, social, and cultural dealings. Great read in that regard. Would commend it to anyone trying to figure out how we've gotten where we are in American culture.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This work by Reverend Dr. Douglas is exactly what Christianity needs right now. She names the American sin of white supremacy with great accuracy, clarity, and specificity. This books is an excellent analysis of the insidious nature of the myth of racial superiority and the real nature of God and God's vision for the world. A must read for white congregations in the modern, Stand Your Ground culture. This work by Reverend Dr. Douglas is exactly what Christianity needs right now. She names the American sin of white supremacy with great accuracy, clarity, and specificity. This books is an excellent analysis of the insidious nature of the myth of racial superiority and the real nature of God and God's vision for the world. A must read for white congregations in the modern, Stand Your Ground culture.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maryjulia

    This book explores the Stand Your Ground culture that exists in the U.S. - how it began and why it continues. But it also delves into black faith and the meaning of God to the African American community in a Stand Your Ground Culture. It made me take a long hard look at what deep cultural biases I might have and made me vow to change them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret D'Anieri

    This book is a must read, period. While her style is a bit labored and repetitive in places, the scholarship and theology and history provides a crucial understanding of why our post-racial nation is anything but, and her personal reflections are heart-rending. I've heard her speak twice, and if you can find her on a podcast or interview, do that if you don't want to read the book. This book is a must read, period. While her style is a bit labored and repetitive in places, the scholarship and theology and history provides a crucial understanding of why our post-racial nation is anything but, and her personal reflections are heart-rending. I've heard her speak twice, and if you can find her on a podcast or interview, do that if you don't want to read the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a great book about using the black church as a way to combat adversity. Offers great solutions for tacking the problems of white supremacy within Christian theology. Also, I learned so much about the impact that stand your ground culture has on modern day society.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This is the second book by Kelly Brown Douglas that I have read, and she has shot up to become one of my favorite writers. I will use a section of this book in my university class on religions of the world. She does an effective job of showing the connectedness of the racist violence that we see today with the origins of our nation and society. Additionally, Douglas is a good writer; therefore, even if you are not a scholar the book is not an overly difficult read. Of course, it is a work of hist This is the second book by Kelly Brown Douglas that I have read, and she has shot up to become one of my favorite writers. I will use a section of this book in my university class on religions of the world. She does an effective job of showing the connectedness of the racist violence that we see today with the origins of our nation and society. Additionally, Douglas is a good writer; therefore, even if you are not a scholar the book is not an overly difficult read. Of course, it is a work of history and theology, so it is not like reading a novel, but she combines analysis, difficult history, and stories that keep the reader involved. I would encourage any American Christian to read Stand Your Ground and learn more about the historical and ideological underpinnings of racial difference in our society. Now for more detail. Douglas locates the origin of racist thought in Tacitus' Germania (sort of an earlier cultural study of the Germanic Tribes), written in the late 1st C. Tacitus is fascinated by the "Saxones", as a pure, "unmixed" people of impeccable natural morality and love for freedom. Later in history, Anglo is added so that these pure, moral, freedom-loving people can become the Anglo-Saxon people of the island, England. All of this is, of course, more about myth and ideology than actual genealogy. Other writers locate the origin of racist thought elsewhere: Kendi locates it with the Portuguese in the late 15th C. and the beginning of colonialism and the slave trade. Willie Jennings and J. Kameron Carter, both locate the origin of racism in Christian anti-Semitism, albeit at different time periods. I say this, not to contradict Douglas, but because the origin story of racism is most likely complex and multiple. Douglas does show that the concept of a pure, moral, freedom-loving Anglo-Saxon people was influential on the development of American identity. It begins in the colonial period, and it finds a special place in the thinking of people like Thomas Jefferson, influencing the manner in which early American documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written. The WASP concept (Douglas never uses this term.) remains important and recurs at different points throughout American history. (WASP = White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) The important idea to realize is: the Anglo-Saxon ideology as understood in America has meant that pure, moral, freedom-loving people (people who can be considered white) best represent America, and their bodies must be defended against any perceived threats to this purity by black, Native American, Hispanic, Asian, etc., bodies. That constitutes Stand Your Ground (or A Man's Home is His Castle, an older meme). The main weakness of Douglas' book is that she cannot show how the Anglo-Saxon concept is continuous throughout American history. Sometimes, she needs to reach in order to do that. Don't get me wrong - racism and white supremacist ideology have been continuous. The difficulty is attaching this ideology to one image and one background.

  19. 5 out of 5

    K Kriesel

    If you want to understand: - why white Christians* support the Trump administration; - why white Christians support the NRA, corrupt police and military, and militias; - why white Christians deny climate change and environmental preservation efforts altogether; - why white Christians pay lip service to Martin Luther King Jr. on his day while denigrating Black people year-round; - why white Christians denigrate refugees, people who don't speak English, and immigrants of color; - why white Christians cl If you want to understand: - why white Christians* support the Trump administration; - why white Christians support the NRA, corrupt police and military, and militias; - why white Christians deny climate change and environmental preservation efforts altogether; - why white Christians pay lip service to Martin Luther King Jr. on his day while denigrating Black people year-round; - why white Christians denigrate refugees, people who don't speak English, and immigrants of color; - why white Christians claim that criminalizing abortion while also opposing welfare, charity, healthcare, anti-discrimination laws, and education is "pro-life;" - why white Christians have colonizing missions to both foreign countries and historically Catholic and mainline Protestant parts of the U.S. that don't actually help these communities; - why white Christians denigrate anyone who doesn't fit into strict complementarianism, even to the point of kicking their own children out of their homes; - why white Christians aggressively treat their religion, the United States, and Donald Trump as one idol; then read this book. * not all white Christians do these things, and the vast majority of people who do these things are white Christians.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Reid Belew

    In both loosely-defined book genres this book falls into: race and theology—I can’t think of many examples of either genre that are better than this book, and even with my limited reading of race-specific theology, I’d go so far as to say no book I’ve read is better than this one. Kelly Brown Douglas has done what few can: perfectly woven history, theology, and social justice together where the reader cannot discern where one begins and the other begins, which I believe is how real life should b In both loosely-defined book genres this book falls into: race and theology—I can’t think of many examples of either genre that are better than this book, and even with my limited reading of race-specific theology, I’d go so far as to say no book I’ve read is better than this one. Kelly Brown Douglas has done what few can: perfectly woven history, theology, and social justice together where the reader cannot discern where one begins and the other begins, which I believe is how real life should be. Our view of history, spiritual convictions, and our belief that no man is greater than another ought to all be indiscernible. They each should inform, shape, and mold the other until they coalesce into one worldview. This is an exemplary reading on racism, and it’s a potent, refreshing, and urgent theology for the day. I cannot recommend this book enough. It will especially affect those raised in any version of a Christian home (or still in one), but I’d even recommend it to those without any particular affinity to a religion. KBD is clearly a gifted thinker, and I don’t think I’ve read many that could touch her clarity and precision, her knowledge, or her ability to fluidly move between academia and the pulpit. I wish I could rate this book higher.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jens Hieber

    Having listened to a number of her sermons, I looked forward to reading this book. Part 2 was excellent and crafted a strong call through weaving together the history of the black church and the hope of divine justice on earth. Part 1 felt incomplete. It was not so much flimsy as just not entirely solid in its construction. I could fill in some of the missing elements from having read Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow', Ibram X. Kendi's 'Stamped from the Beginning', and Willie James Jenning Having listened to a number of her sermons, I looked forward to reading this book. Part 2 was excellent and crafted a strong call through weaving together the history of the black church and the hope of divine justice on earth. Part 1 felt incomplete. It was not so much flimsy as just not entirely solid in its construction. I could fill in some of the missing elements from having read Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow', Ibram X. Kendi's 'Stamped from the Beginning', and Willie James Jennings 'The Christian Imagination'. The writing in part 1 was also too repetitive, as though Douglas was afraid her audience wouldn't be able to follow her line of thought. That said, it does help set the groundwork for part 2 of the book, which does not exhibit the same issues and is where the heart of her book really sits. I particularly liked the personal anecdotes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Harrington-Bain

    Read this book for my MDiv work and I don't know that I'll read a more formative or significant book in the rest of my program. Douglas's approach in outlining the historical factors and contributors to American exceptionalism and the Anglo-Saxon myth as they built up a stand-your-ground culture, followed by theological responses as informed by black Christian traditions accomplishes not only an impressive and thought-provoking profile of racism in America and Christianity, but also a sense of u Read this book for my MDiv work and I don't know that I'll read a more formative or significant book in the rest of my program. Douglas's approach in outlining the historical factors and contributors to American exceptionalism and the Anglo-Saxon myth as they built up a stand-your-ground culture, followed by theological responses as informed by black Christian traditions accomplishes not only an impressive and thought-provoking profile of racism in America and Christianity, but also a sense of urgent hope to improve and revise our theologies from oppressive to liberating. Going on my shelf of favorites and must reads, there's so much content covered in only 230 pages, it will be well worth revisiting several more times.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abby Smith

    So clearly written. Douglas builds and builds, backing each new concept with thorough evidence, never failing to bring it straight back to the point: that Stand Your Ground culture, the force that perpetuates the legalized murder of countless black lives across this country, is rooted in Anglo Saxon exceptionalism. This racist belief system is grounded in ancient texts, including the Bible, and has been used by whites to justify slavery, Jim Crow, and now, Stand Your Ground. In the second half, So clearly written. Douglas builds and builds, backing each new concept with thorough evidence, never failing to bring it straight back to the point: that Stand Your Ground culture, the force that perpetuates the legalized murder of countless black lives across this country, is rooted in Anglo Saxon exceptionalism. This racist belief system is grounded in ancient texts, including the Bible, and has been used by whites to justify slavery, Jim Crow, and now, Stand Your Ground. In the second half, she contrasts this philosophy with black spirituality, which instead identifies with the freedom of God and the inclusivity of Jesus, offering all people the right to freedom -- in other words, the right to live.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meepspeeps

    This is an intense book. It takes readers inside the mind of a Black theologian reflecting on God’s justice from research and from the perspective of being the mother of a Black boy, now man. While analyzing “Stand Your Ground” laws after Trayvon Martin’s killing, she explains “a free black body is tantamount to a wild animal on the loose.” She goes on to say that Stand Your Ground extended the Castle Doctrine to “whatever space white bodes inhabit. The white body becomes essentially a mobile ca This is an intense book. It takes readers inside the mind of a Black theologian reflecting on God’s justice from research and from the perspective of being the mother of a Black boy, now man. While analyzing “Stand Your Ground” laws after Trayvon Martin’s killing, she explains “a free black body is tantamount to a wild animal on the loose.” She goes on to say that Stand Your Ground extended the Castle Doctrine to “whatever space white bodes inhabit. The white body becomes essentially a mobile castle.” Her arguments are interesting, and there is some Christian hope despite the state of race relations in the USA. I recommend it to anyone who wants a different perspective on Jesus’ crucifixion, lynching, and the killing of Black teenagers and (mostly) men in 21st Century USA.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steffano Montano

    Powerful and Provocative Douglas’ book masterfully retraces the history of Anglo Saxon exceptionalism and its refusal to cede ground to black and brown bodies. It is a book that should be considered required reading for anyone interested in interrogating a Christian faith response to racism. It remains timely today in the midst of continued racialized attacks against black communities, immigrants, and Muslims.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Noted theologian Kelly Brown Douglas offers this book as her “refusal to be consoled until the justice that is God’s is made real in the world.” She draws from sources for the Anglo Saxon narrative starting with Tacitus in the year 98 and working through history to show how it drove notions of Manifest Destiny and exceptionalism with implications we see writ large today. This is an important work on the need for transformation which points to how that work must begin.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Meador

    Rev Douglas has laid our a thorough and thought provoking treatise on the Stand your ground culture. I am glad I read it in a zoom study group as it is steeped in historical data and needs this type of audience. 2 in our group had studied this in their theological curriculum. I had written his thesis on this book. Helping me to reframe my own historical perspective along with other reading I am doing. .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric Parsons

    This book was hard to read, especially as one would consider a "scholarly" work...because the source material is far from peer-reviewed and the author clearly misunderstands and misrepresents many of her foundational points, in addition to drawing lines that do not actually exist. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book for any serious study on the topic. This book was hard to read, especially as one would consider a "scholarly" work...because the source material is far from peer-reviewed and the author clearly misunderstands and misrepresents many of her foundational points, in addition to drawing lines that do not actually exist. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book for any serious study on the topic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rhidge Garcia

    This book is prophetic, challenging, and full of hope. It is not for the faint of heart, but for the one who is willing to come face to face with the realities of evil in our world, specifically in the United States of America. It will break you, and prompt you to worship. I encourage everyone to read it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peder Hinderlie

    Highly, highly recommend this book. Dr. Brown Douglas presents a concise and clear summation of the role Anglo-Saxon Christian male supremacist ideology has played in history, and the tragic consequences this has had and continues to have in the U.S.

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