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Dr. Juan Floyd-Thomas | Reflection on Racism, Religion, and Rights in the COVID-19 Era
Sankofa Institute Workshop | February 13, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Juan Floyd-Thomas

In his talk, Floyd-Thomas critically engages how Texas has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study for understanding the larger theological and ideological schisms within the contemporary American body politic exposed by the multiple crises that arose in 2020. While specifically addressing the controversial and contentious debates surrounding the fervor to “re-open” the US society and economy in the wake of a global public health crisis, Floyd-Thomas focuses on how the Lone Star State's deep divisions between its libertarian and progressive traditions serves as a localized proxy for the nation's ongoing culture wars as framed by the manic frenzy to “re-open America.” By analyzing the multiple overlapping racial, political, economic, and moral injustices at the root of the "re-opening" movement not only in the state but nationwide, Floyd-Thomas offers an assessment of the multilayered fight against the uses and abuses of extraordinary sociopolitical power to define and ultimately dominate Black people's lives. In contradistinction to such social dynamics, Floyd-Thomas brings forth the powerful voices and viewpoints of an often-overlooked Black radical tradition in order to suggest a call for the structural revitalization and spiritual renewal of American society vis-a-vis a rich, robust reimagining of American democracy as a vital space for considering the role of progressive politics, public theology, and prophetic witness in today’s troubled world.

Feb 13, 2021 09:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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