By Dwight N. Hopkins (auth.)
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The possibilities of a liberated life extend beyond institutional religion. African American women’s experience constitutes the fourth source. If black women are the overwhelming majority of black church members and over half of the African American community, then black theology must speak to and reflect the intellectual and emotional concerns and contributions of women. A black theology without African American 36 HEART AND HEAD women would not be a complete and real theology. Indeed, black theology would be hypocritical if it claimed that God was for the liberation of all people yet supported only the minority male issues within the community and church.
The fact that monopolization of wealth exists does not testify to a God-given status or even a natural ability. Monopolization of 50 HEART AND HEAD monies, capital, and resources is a human-created fact; therefore, human beings also can bring about communalism. Politically, the new vision means democracy—a new democracy in contrast to the old style. Decision making begins with the voices and priorities of the majority of earth, the vulnerable and the marginalized. Similarly, the ideal is to have the majority of elected representatives coming from these parts of society.
Similarly, in the 1950s civil rights and 1960s black power movements, African American women faced patriarchy from African American men. The classic story describes a meeting between Stokely Carmichael, then chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and some of its black women members during the late 1960s. In this conversation the black women raised questions about the fair treatment and recognition of women in the organization; Carmichael’s response was that the only position for black women in the movement was a “prone” position.