By E. Kornegay
Kornegay's fantastic and insightful use of James Baldwin's literary genius deals a manner ahead that delivers to beat the divide among faith and sexuality that's of the most important value not just for black church and theology yet for socio-political-religious and theological discourse generally.
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77 Religion made him more aware that his choices for human relief—somebodiness—were bound to an accursed past and despised present. In the same way that we, for white people, were the descendants of Ham, and were cursed forever, white people were, for us, the descendants of Cain. 78 Puritanism is exempt from the social and historical development of the Protestant underpinnings of black religious tradition and imagination. Baldwin says, Thus, in the realm of morals the role of Christianity has been, at best, ambivalent.
In this sense, black people are not oppressed but traumatized, given the schizophrenic twoness of blackness. Being likened to, but not being the same as the puritan masters or left unsafe by the puritan god (of exodus) they serve sustains the theological terror of damnation affixed to blackness and creates the vociferous “political rage” against exceptionalism (exceptional belief or exceptional faith) and the metaphorical exemption codified by a slave mentality. The twoness of blackness becomes the void where the “foundations of society are hidden” and the safety many black people seek forever destabilized by the metaphorical uncertainty caused by likeness to an image they can never obtain.
Blues embraces the good and the bad—the facts of life—the sensuous and the rejected. Yet, it is the blues’ embrace of sexual potential that holds the most promise. Neither Baldwin nor Brown Douglas sees the black church as a safe haven bent on redeeming the black body or liberating it. 58 The reason the black church cannot accommodate blues bodies is because it has no language—psychological trap of metaphorical blackness—to express the psychological collision between puritan ideology and black bodies.
A Queering of Black Theology: James Baldwin’s Blues Project and Gospel Prose by E. Kornegay