Renowned anti-racist activist Tim Wise claimed that the Catholic Church is in part responsible for the slaughter of Native Americans in a speech funded by and hosted at a Catholic university on Wednesday.
“The Church was directly implicated in slaughtering the indigenous people on this continent,” Wise said in his speech at Providence College, a Catholic university in Providence, Rhode Island.
“The Church was directly implicated in the conquest of the Southwest,” he continued. “It was directly implicated in sending indigenous children to boarding schools to strip them of their culture, to cut their hair, to kill the Indian and save the man for Jesus.”
In the same speech entitled, “Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash,” Wise argued the church should render images of Jesus Christ as black for one-year in order to help Christians consider the notion that [humans] “are not race.”
“I will consider this notion that we are not race when we decide to make Jesus black for a year,” said Wise. “Just a year.”
Wise’s speaking event was co-sponsored by a variety of student groups as well as the Student Multicultural Activities, the Black Studies, Women Studies, Political Science, and Sociology Departments.