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Christian Soldiers

posted on February 11, 2015

At Slate, Jamelle Bouie argues that lynching in the Jim Crow-era South was a violent ritual with religious significance for both its white Christian practitioners and its black Christian victims. “The only Southern Christianity united in its opposition to lynching was that of black Americans, who tried to recontextualize the onslaught as a kind of crucifixion and its victims as martyrs, flipping the script and making blacks the true inheritors of Christian salvation and redemption,” Bouie writes.

Read at Slate