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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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(p.161) Conclusion
Witnessing Whiteness

Kristopher Norris

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion begins by asking whether there is any hope in and for our whiteness. It argues that the answer must be no. The no that we must utter to our whiteness is the only sign of hope to which we can cling. It is a hope that emerges from the painful practices of remembrance, repentance, and reparation, but it is the only hope capable of challenging our bondage to white supremacy. It concludes by briefly analyzing biblical language of the church and demonstrating the ways these metaphors push white Christians to do the difficult work of taking responsibility for our white supremacy.

Keywords:   hope, beloved community, church, whiteness, conversion

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