By Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D.,
In his groundbreaking work, God of the Oppressed, theologian James Cone describes moving to Detroit in the midst of a series of insurrections. He noted the silence and indifference of white Christians to what was happening in urban centers across America in the late 1960’s. He writes that their lack of response to what was happening in their own nation “was not only humiliating but wrong. It revealed an insensitivity to black pain and suffering but also, and more importantly for my vocation as a theologian, a theological bankruptcy.” Cone’s words have never been more prophetic than they are today when faced with the deafening silence of American Christianity in the face of racialized violence.