Modern Believing

Being the Enemy within: Re-Asserting Black ‘Otherness’ as a Riposte to the Homogeneous Construct of Whiteness

Modern Believing (2012), 53, (4), 408–418.

Abstract

Using the homogeneous constructs of Whiteness predicated on notions of ‘Christian values’ and ‘Imperial Mission Christianity’, this paper seeks to position Black bodies as the essential ‘other’ within the nation state of Britain. I argue that rather than seeking to apologise for or trying to overturn this sense of being the other, I want to use the frameworks of Black Liberation Theology to positively position Black bodies as the ‘other’ and so offer a riposte to a middle class gentrified Christianity that remains the synonym for Whiteness and notions of belonging.

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Reddie, Anthony