A Crucified Black Messiah, a Dead Black Love
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Jackson wants to resurrect the concept of the black Messiah for the Black church based on his experience pastoring a church where the members struggle with what to do with their blackness. He laments Protestant Christianity’s emphasis on individual salvation such that concern about social justice and affirmation of the black racial self seems tangential, even antithetical, to what it means to be a good Christian. Jackson claims that Cleage’s black Messiah offers the Christological framework that can help black people love themselves. But Jackson asks the poignant questions: Where did Cleage’s Christ go? Why did he die? He offers poignant answers to these questions.