UPenn Prof on Zimmerman Verdict: God Is a ‘White Racist’ Who Carries Gun and Stalks ‘Young Black Men’

Timothy Dionisopoulos, Campus Reform, July 15, 2013

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Professor Anthea Butler on Monday expressed anger over the not-guilty verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, arguing in a blog post that God must be a “white racist.”

“God ain’t good all of the time,” she said. “In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god.”

“As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem,” she continued. “More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”

Butler made the claim in a blog-post on ReligionDispatches.org where she is a contributing editor. She works as an associate professor in the UPenn department of Religious Studies.

Butler also claimed Trayvon Martin’s killing was the result of racism which is linked to Christianity.

“As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history,” she wrote.

Butler added that Christians are among America’s biggest racists.

“When the good Christians of America are some of its [America’s] biggest racists, one has to consider our moral responsibility to call out those who clearly are not for human flourishing, no matter what ethnicity a person is,” she wrote. “Where are you on that scale? I know where I am.”


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