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At its core, black theology is predicated on the assertion that God has a unique relationship with African Americans. God is not a passive bystander in human history but rather an active participant in the struggles of oppressed and dispossessed people. In the American context this means that God is on the side of blacks as they struggle against the social, political, and economic marginalization caused by the legacy and persistence of white American racism. Liberation is the theological center of this approach, and movements for liberation define the ministry of the historical Jesus and the experiences of his contemporary followers, blacks in America. Because black liberation theology asserts a special relationship between God and black people, it asserts that black people will receive from God what they fail to receive from American social and political structures: recognition. American society and government may be unable or unwilling to recognize and respond to black people, but black liberation theology assures that the divine does recognize the suffering caused by racial inequality. J. Deotis Roberts writes, ‘‘God is aware of centuries of undeserved Black suffering. He is aware of our experience of oppression… . Black hope stems from the assurance that God seeks the liberation of the oppressed.’’
— Melissa Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen

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