The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Thursday, November 17, 2011

James Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree, and a professor at Union Theological Seminary, who is known as the founder of black liberation theology, talks about the personal and larger cultural significance of the crucifixion for blacks seeking justice during Jim Crow. 


James Cone

Comments [8]

For those of you who want to "move on" from the effects of slavery, I offer this.

We do not move on from the Holocaust the Jews experienced in Germany. We remember, and we respect the survivors and their children and their children's children and we learn.

Yet when it comes to slavery and the effects of segregation, which ended less than 50 years ago... some white people urge this country to move on. Well, we can't move on because we as a country haven't healed. Major institutions in this country were birthed from slavery. Living in Park Slope Brooklyn I experience subtle and not so subtle racsim here more than I ever thought I would.

We need to heal. We need to figure out how. For America.

Nov. 18 2011 09:11 PM
Harlan Barnhart from Queens

I saw a Danny Glover film depicting scenes from the truth and reconciliation committees in South Africa. I sat and cried hot tears because I knew that level of truth, confrontation and healing will never happen here... Are we really afraid of reparations? We have billions for banks, we have billions for stimulus packages, I got a check of "Bush money", and yet the threat of a little financial liability will keep us from healing our past...

Nov. 17 2011 07:56 PM
john matthes

I think its time to leave the past in the past.How long are we going to bring up things that happened long ago.
As for an apology,what difference will
that make.The country was ripped apart enduring the civil war.
Lets stop picking at the scab and allow the healing to happen.

Nov. 17 2011 12:20 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Really interesting mention, Ray. But you digress...

Nov. 17 2011 11:56 AM
Ray from Queens

The largest mob lynching in american history happened in New Orleans in 1891. 11 Italians were lynched for the shooting of the Chief of Police. Lynching, as most things in life is not a black & white issue but powerless & powerful issue.

Nov. 17 2011 11:47 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

That at least an apology for centuries of socioeconomic terror against black people has not been issued is absurd. This will become increasingly clear to black people and, hopefully, everybody else.

Nov. 17 2011 11:45 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Were there attempts to prosecute people who carried out lynchings under murder laws? If so, what was the pretext for disallowing this?

Nov. 17 2011 11:43 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

The honorable Dr. James Cone.
Thanks, Brian.
The the "not dealing with" and "avoiding" of the terror of the black experience (lynching and beyond) that Dr. Cone refers to is rampant in the black community. And it has prevented true healing. In order to really transcend, black folk must really start dealing with the history and the legacies.

Nov. 17 2011 11:39 AM

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