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Christ Divided: Antiblackness as Corporate Vice

Christ Divided

Antiblackness as Corporate Vice

Katie Walker Grimes (Author)


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Bringing the wisdom of generations of black Catholics into conversation with contemporary scholarly accounts of racism, Christ Divided diagnoses “antiblackness supremacy” as a corporate vice that inhabits the body of Christ. To truly understand racial inequality, theologians must acknowledge the existence of “antiblackness supremacy” and recognize its uniquely foundational role in prevailing processes of racialization and racial hierarchy.

In addition to introducing a new framework of racial analysis, this book proposes a new approach to virtue ethics. The theory of corporate virtue outlined here provides a framework through which to evaluate the habits of antiblackness supremacy and propose new ones—to be made to “do the right thing.” ​

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506427997
  • eBook ISBN 9781506438535
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 344
  • Publication Date November 1, 2017




Part 1: Defining White Supremacy and Antiblackness Supremacy

1. Antiblackness and World History

2. The Nearly Global Afterlife of Black Slavery

3. The Spatial Afterlife of Slavery in the Contemporary United States

Part II: Diagnosing the Corporate Habits of Antiblackness Supremacy

4. Inverting Virtue

5. The Catholic Corporate Habits of Antiblackness in the Era of Chattel Slavery

6. Racial Segregation as a Corporate Habit of Antiblackness Supremacy in the Body of Christ

7. Non-Witness Will Not Save Us: The Persistence of Antiblackness Supremacy in the “Brown” Twenty-First Century

8. Toward a Theory of Corporate Virtue and Vice

Part III: Antiblackness Supremacy and the Sacraments of Initiation

9. Baptism and the Eucharist as Habits of Antiblackness Supremacy

10. Corporate Vices; Ecclesial Consequences: Poking Holes in the Ecclesiology of “Battened Down Hatches”

Part IV: Re-Habituating the Corporate Body of Christ

11. Real Food for Real Bodies: From Sacramental Optimism to Sacramental Realism

12. Dismantling Antiblackness Supremacy 


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