Advertisement

Conversion

Chapter
  • 49 Downloads
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Content and Context in Theological Ethics book series (CCTE)

Abstract

This chapter explores how the power of conversion operates in the journey of worldview transformation, facilitating movement from a critical awareness of race and white privilege to taking responsibility for and transforming the unjust realities racism creates. Accordingly, this chapter has two main sections: one focused on deeper understandings of conversion, and the second exploring means of taking responsibility for reality as it is, in order to gain traction on the journey toward racial justice. This understanding of conversion is necessary when salvation is understood to have this-worldly, concrete, material effects, to be brought about by transformations in the lives of those experiencing oppression and those complicit with oppressing.

Keywords

Ethnic Identity Critical Awareness White People Social Location White Person 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 1.
    Frank J. Matera, “Repentance,” in The Harpercollins Bible Dictionary, ed. Paul J. Achtemeier (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1996), 924.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Joseph Healey, “Repentance,” in Anchor Bible Dictionary, ed. David Noel Freedman (New York: Doubleday Publishing, 1992), 672.Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    Lewis R. Rambo, “Repentance,” in The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology, ed. Alan Richardson and John Bowden (Philadelphia, PA: The Westminster Press, 1983), 499. Emphasis added.Google Scholar
  4. 5.
    Guy D. Nave, The Role and Function of Repentance in Acts (Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002), 147.Google Scholar
  5. 6.
    Howard Marshall and David Peterson, Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998), 160.Google Scholar
  6. 7.
    Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Mujerista Theology: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1996), 108.Google Scholar
  7. 8.
    Ruth Frankenberg, White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1993), 233.Google Scholar
  8. 9.
    Marilyn Frye creates the neologism “whiteliness” to describe a white ontology, or “deeply ingrained way of being in the world.” Marilyn Frye, Willful Virgin: Essays in Feminism (Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1992), 151.Google Scholar
  9. 11.
    See, for example, Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White (New York: Routledge, 1995).Google Scholar
  10. See also Karen Brodkin, How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998).Google Scholar
  11. 12.
    Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, 2005), 147ff.Google Scholar
  12. See also Thandeka, Learning to Be White: Money, Race, and God in America (New York: The Continuum Publishing Group, 2002), 57ff.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Mary Elizabeth Hobgood, Dismantling Privilege: An Ethics of Accountability (Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2000), 36ff. See also “How White People Became White” by James E. Barrett and David Roediger and “How Jews Became White Folks” byGoogle Scholar
  14. Karen Brodkin in Paula S. Rothenberg, ed., White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism, Second ed. (New York: Worth Publishers, 2005), 35ff and 41ff.Google Scholar
  15. 14.
    See “On Being White and Other Lies: A History of Racism in the United States” in Mab Segrest, Memoir of a Race Traitor (Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1994), 183ff.Google Scholar
  16. See also Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present (New York: HarperPerennial, 2003 [1980]). Another useful resource isGoogle Scholar
  17. Matthew Frye Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998).Google Scholar
  18. 15.
    Barbara Applebaum has written an excellent resource on understanding white complicity: Barbara Applebaum, Being White, Being Good: White Complicity, White Moral Responsibility, and Social Justice Pedagogy (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010). Tim Wise also has written several reflections examining how complicity plays out, particularly in contexts of white privilege, including intergenerational settings. See “Collaboration” in Wise, White Like Me, 127ff.Google Scholar
  19. 17.
    Paul Kivel, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 1996), 28–29.Google Scholar
  20. 18.
    Robert Jensen, The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege (San Francisco, CA: City Lights Publishing, 2005), 94.Google Scholar
  21. 25.
    Jennifer Harvey has done important work in this regard; see her essay in Jennifer Harvey, Karin A. Case, and Robin Hawley Gorsline, eds., Disrupting White Supremacy from Within: White People on What We Need to Do (Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2004).Google Scholar
  22. Also, see Jennifer Harvey, Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial Justice through Reparations and Sovereignty (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. 26.
    Clara Kidwell, Homer Noley, and George Tinker, A Native American Theology (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001), 166–80.Google Scholar
  24. 27.
    Randall Robinson, The Debt: What America Owest to Blacks (New York: Dutton, 2000).Google Scholar
  25. Harvey, Case, and Gorsline, Disrupting White Supremacy from Within, 117–18.Google Scholar
  26. 28.
    Neil Foley, The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997), 205.Google Scholar
  27. 29.
    Ian F. Haney López, White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (New York: New York University Press, 1996), 38. Emphasis added.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Tammerie Day 2012

Authors and Affiliations

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations