RELG 029. Is God a White Supremacist?
This course will focus on representations of race in religious discourses and social practice. Particular attention will be given to discussion of the interpretive practices that are foundational to the process of “whiteness-making” and the construction of white identity. With primary source readings and secondary literature ranging from the biblical interpretation of white supremacist “Christian identity” churches to the articulation of the Yakub theory of racial formation in the Nation of Islam, the course readings will: address religious theories justifying racial domination, engage in critical examination of the influence of religious thought both past and present on comparative global racisms, and transnational whiteness. Themes will include: evil and the nature of suffering, human/anti-human binaries, death and being, and perceptions of the racialized transcendent Other in the social, political, and symbolic order.
Eligible for ISLM, BLST
Catalog chapter: Religion
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/religion
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