I share my thoughts on "James Cone, The Persistent Widow, and Theological Responses to Riots" over at the Reformed blog, The Twelve:
The situation in Ferguson made me recall something that James Cone had written in 1975. In the book “God of the Oppressed,” Cone recounts his disappointment with Christian responses to the Detroit riot during the summer of 1967, responses which simply deplored “unrest” and failed to see the fundamental issues at stake. He writes:
I knew that that response was not only humiliating and insulting but wrong. It revealed not only an insensitivity to black pain and suffering but also, and more importantly for my vocation as a theologian, a theological bankruptcy. The education of white theologians did not prepare them to deal with Watts, Detroit, and Newark.
I wonder how much has changed. What in our theological formation has prepared us for Ferguson?
Read the rest of my post here.