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The Price of the TicketBarack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics$
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Fredrick Harris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199739677.001.0001

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Entering the Land of Milk and Honey

Entering the Land of Milk and Honey

(p.70) 3 Entering the Land of Milk and Honey
The Price of the Ticket

Fredrick C. Harris

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines ideological fissures in black politics, with particular reference to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's controversial remarks about “God damn America.” It places Wright's statement within the context of the fading influence of black liberation theology and the growing popularity of the prosperity gospel in Afro-Christianity. As the religious parallel to independent black politics, black liberation theology serves as a theological framework that guides black churchgoers to challenge racial inequality while providing critical support to black electoral politics. The chapter considers the role of the prosperity gospel in the rise of the coalition-universalism wing of black politics, as well as the idea that black progress is possible by blacks “moving beyond race.” Finally, it explains the popularity of the prosperity gospel not only among African Americans but also among white evangelicals and “un-churched” Christians in general.

Keywords:   black politics, Jeremiah Wright, America, black liberation theology, prosperity gospel, Afro-Christianity, racial inequality, universalism, African Americans, electoral politics

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