Ekemini Uwan is a ‘public theologian’ that Christianity Today recently named as one of the top new or lesser-known female theologians worth knowing. She is also one-third of the podcasting trio ‘The Truth’s Table.’ a show that is “built by Black women and for Black women” where they share their perspectives on “politics, race, culture, entertainment, and gender which are filtered through an accessible yet robust Christian theological framework.”
Uwan shares the mic with co-hosts Christina Edmondson who a few months ago wrote an article about how White Christians as Racists who Commit Violence on Black People by Voting GOP and Michelle Higgins, the pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ pastrix who recently preached a sermon about how the Trinity is Queer.
Ekemini herself has not been as blatantly pro-choice as Higgins is, but she has stated her opposition to making abortion illegal, telling Jonathan Merrit ‘“I’m not pro-repealing Roe v. Wade,”… As law of the land, the landmark decision should stand…. “Let’s move forward. Let’s not go back and fight wars we’ve already lost.”
Speaking at the 2021 ‘Courageous Convo’ she devotes about three minutes explaining why ‘white christianity’ is evil and ‘black christianity’ is awesome and is God’s gift to the white folks, while also describing ‘black christianity as a judgment against ‘white christianity.
I mean, if I can be really real with y’all, I resent the fact that we have to have a conversation about white supremacy, in conversation with black christianity. And that ain’t on Jude 3, this is just the culture that we live in, right? This is the wages, the rotten fruit that has bore out in our society right over 400 years of racial oppression that we have undergone.
But I just, I hate that, you know? I just hate that we have to be in conversation about whiteness and white supremacy and blackness. You know, I think I do want to go on record and say that I don’t believe- and this might be controversial- but I just don’t believe that blackness and whiteness are the opposite.
And I think for me to accept that is to accept the thesis of white supremacy. I think blackness stands as a judgement against whiteness. And I think Black Christianity stands as a judgement against White Christianity, in that I see blackness as an inheritance, as a gift from God. And I see not only in it, resilience, but I just see a brilliance.
And that’s not to say that the black church is perfect. I know. We’ve got flaws, I’m there. So that means we got flaws, right? But I do think that there is just an ingenuity, and wisdom that we gain from our ancestors. We talk about our grandparent’s faith, we could talk about our ancestor’s faith before they came onto the boat, and then when they got on the boat, and what they brought with them as well.
And so I just think that there’s we have better stories to tell. I just believe that we have better stories to tell, I don’t believe that our fate will forever and always be tied to oppression, you know. And so I just, in some ways, I guess I’m just I’m off of that. I’m tired talking about white people, and white supremacy and whiteness.
We have a lot of good things to talk about, we really do. We have a lot to contribute, I think to the faith. Now, I’m not ignorant. I know, I know, I know, I know, we always have to be very cognizant and wise about the ways in discerning of the subtle ways that white supremacy creeps into our institutions, our black institutions, like the black church, what that looks like.
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