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Witnessing Whiteness$
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Kristopher Norris

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190055813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190055813.001.0001

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Remembrance, Repentance, Reparation

Remembrance, Repentance, Reparation

(p.143) 6 Remembrance, Repentance, Reparation
Witnessing Whiteness

Kristopher Norris

Oxford University Press

This final chapter fleshes out an ethic of responsibility in practical terms through three church practices: remembrance, repentance, and reparation. It calls the white church to, first, remember and memorialize its role in the invention of white supremacy. Next, white churches must engage in acts of public repentance of their continued complicity and silence in the face of racism. Finally, white Christianity must confront the racial damage it has inflicted through concrete actions of reparation—politically, financially, and spiritually. The chapter offers empirical examples of churches engaging each these practices as well as notes the difficult work that lies ahead in the struggle against white supremacy.

Keywords:   memory, repentance, confession, reparations, practices

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