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Anthea Butler, racist professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has gone on her second racist rant of the year.  The first one was after George Zimmerman was found not guilty.  I wrote a column about her at the time and included this quote from her:

“The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of Trayvon Martin, I have to say: I get it.”

“God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”

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She claims that God is a white racist God and He demands the blood of black men to atone for the sins of white men.  So, now we are told that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were killed for the sins of whites, rather than for being the thugs that they were.  In case you are wondering what it is she teaches, it’s Religious Studies.  Talk about your basic oxymoron.

Butler had tweeted her racist rantings but decided to take them down before they cost her job.  Those are not available but here are a couple she wrote afterward.  And if you have a student taking her class, you should be aware that her rantings carry over into her classroom by her own admission:

“Kids, I’ve been around enough to know the game. I’m not going to lose my job over something I teach in classes everyday.”

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Her latest foray, revealing what kind of vile and disgusting creature she is, on the failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the self-defense shooting of Michael Brown.  Here is part of that column:

For the parents of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, and countless others, the pain of their children’s sacrifice at the hands of the agents of the god of white supremacy in America cannot be healed. We who look upon this madness however, must begin to comprehend the full scope of the underlying issue at hand: America has never simply been land of the free and home of the brave. It is also the home of many who are craven and weak, who cheat the justice system established by their predecessors in order to maintain their power. Blood is the atonement for their sins, and it must be drawn regularly to appease this peculiar but powerful god that is, they believe, the foundation of America.

As an historian of American Religion and African American Religion, I’m often reminded that for those in power, the bodies of the people they fear and subjugate are always deemed dangerous, evil, or demonic. Darren Wilson’s statement that Michael Brown looked “like a demon” is one more layer of that history. The god of white supremacy in America demands that anything that does not conform to a white body must be evil; it must be denigrated or destroyed. Only when white bodies perform “blackness” is blackness deemed to be safe. (See Iggy Azalea, Macklemore and Miley Cyrus for recent examples.) Even when the brown and black body performs “respectability” in this reality of a white supremacist nation, it is valued less than whiteness.

My suggestion to this woman with a PHD (Piling it higher and deeper) is that if you don’t want black children get shot, quit teaching them to be thugs.

Courtesy of Red Statements.