Essay on Black Theology and Feminist Theology

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Although black theology became popular in the early 1960’s, it was not an entirely new subject. Black theology views God and Christianity as a gospel relevant to blacks who struggled daily under the oppression of whites. The origins of it are clearly seen in spirituals sang by African Americans during the time of slavery nearly 400 years ago. Because of slavery, Blacks’ concept of God was totally different from the masters who enslaved them. White Christians saw god as more of a spiritual savior, while the reflection of God for blacks came in their struggle for freedom. Slave theology then opened up to Black theology which first began when churches began to become segregated. Many could not understand how Whites could continue to behave …show more content…
‘Black’ theology, much like feminist theology, deals with being the oppressed. With that, our faith comes from knowing that our oppression brings us closer to God. In both society and within Christian churches, the feminist movement has given white women the freedom and privilege to become militant without fearing consequences as harsh as a woman of color or of lower class. This has resulted in the White women’s experience becoming presented as the universal and only known experience of all women. Black women have suffered from their unheard voices for hundreds of years even despite the fact that they were present and very active during both the feminist and Black liberation movements. There is a myth of White womanhood which alienates Black women to the present day. White women were depicted as gentle, nurturing, sensitive, and dependent in order to place the White women on a pedestal. Meanwhile, Black women were seen as outsiders of humanity, embodying a promiscuous, independent, and unnatural mother. From this myth came the belief that White women were equally the victims of the oppression of slavery. When Black slave women were raped by the White women’s husband, it was argued that the White women went through more psychological pain than the Black women had physical pain.
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