West/Hedges on the Black Prophetic Tradition

West/Hedges on the Black Prophetic Tradition

As someone who is increasingly religious myself, increasingly enthusiastic about all fusions of spirit and subversion, this article touched on things I’ve been thinking about deeply.  America needs flagellants demanding it repent, but not the Westboro kind — we need to repent against capitalism, we need to repent against our listless acceptance of the way things are, against our failure to translate our sentiments into action and organization, and against our lack of self-respect.

The best American example of spirit and rebellion moving as one truly is the Black Prophetic Tradition.  The American working class is the Biblical Jews in their sad, long wandering, in their Exodus — but none more especially than African-Americans.

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