• Jordan E. Miller
Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


The #BlackLivesMatter movement’s most controversial moments have centered on the destruction of property. Beginning with a theoretical reading of the role of property in American life, this chapter reads the act of property destruction as a decolonial act—a kind of iconoclasm against colonial structures of power. It uses the events surrounding Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore as its centerpiece. In the movement for Black lives, property destruction forces us to choose which we value more: human life or property. Far from being nihilistic, property destruction is an affirmation of life. Riots are thus theological and property destruction is a deeply theological act.

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  • Jordan E. Miller
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarNewportUSA

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