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Raging for Liberative Reconciliation

Prophetic Anger in Dalit and Black Theologies

In: International Journal of Asian Christianity
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Joshua Samuel Lecturer, Department of Theology and Ethics, United Theological College, Bangalore, India, joshua.amirtha@gmail.com

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Abstract

While anger is generally viewed as problematic, for oppressed communities like Dalits and African Americans, it plays a key role in asserting their agency and dignity. While these two communities with many similarities and interactions have challenged oppressive structures in multiple ways, anger, arising, not from hatred (as it has often been misunderstood and misrepresented), but from discomfort and dissatisfaction about their condition, has been an important means of fighting against systems that render them vulnerable and expendable. Keeping this in mind, this essay seeks to identify prophetic anger in Dalit and Black theologies and argue that rage is essential to work towards liberative and emancipatory reconciliation rooted in self-love.

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