Christianity and Black Oppression - Class #4

Tuesday, August 6th 2013 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 6th 2013 at 9:30 pm
The Brecht Forum - 451 West St, Manhattan

Class #4: Christianity, the Caribbean and Resistance


Chaps 10-12

For four hundred years Caribbean peoples, such as the Maroons and the Rastafarians, have sought to resist colonial oppression.  Resistance has always been met with counter repression by politicians, religious, and other civic leaders. The way forward in creating new social relations is through humanistic reform by teaching the history of struggle and greater avenues for greater participation amongst local peoples. 


Why and how have Caribbean people resisted European hegemony?  What have been the counter measures to resistance?

How is it that almost every denomination is represented in the Caribbean, and yet crime and poverty abound in these islands?

Why are blacks associated with poverty and crime?

Additional Readings:

Barrett, Leonard E., Sr. The Rastafarians: Sounds of Cultural Dissonance, revised and updated edition, Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1988, c. 1977

Campbell, Horace, Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney, Trenton, NJ: Africa Press, 1990, c. 1987.

Chevannes, Barry, Rastafari: Roots and Ideology, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1994.

Nettleford, Rex, Mirror, Mirror: Identity, Race and Protest in Jamaica, Great Britain, Williams and Sangster (Jamaica), 1970.

Rodney, Walter, The Groundings with my Brothers, Chicago, IL: School Times Publication, 1990, c. 1969.


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