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The Resource Black natural law, Vincent W. Lloyd

Black natural law, Vincent W. Lloyd

Label
Black natural law
Title
Black natural law
Statement of responsibility
Vincent W. Lloyd
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Black Natural Law offers a new way of understanding the African American political tradition. Iconoclastically attacking left (including James Baldwin and Audre Lorde), right (including Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson), and center (Barack Obama), Vincent William Lloyd charges that many Black leaders today embrace secular, white modes of political engagement, abandoning the deep connections between religious, philosophical, and political ideas that once animated Black politics. By telling the stories of Frederick Douglass, Anna Julia Cooper, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Lloyd shows how appeals to a higher law, or God's law, have long fueled Black political engagement. Such appeals do not seek to implement divine directives on earth; rather, they pose a challenge to the wisdom of the world, and they mobilize communities for collective action. Black natural law is deeply democratic: while charismatic leaders may provide the occasion for reflection and mobilization, all are capable of discerning the higher law using our human capacities for reason and emotion. At a time when continuing racial injustice poses a deep moral challenge, the most powerful intellectual resources in the struggle for justice have been abandoned. Black Natural Law recovers a rich tradition, and it examines just how this tradition was forgotten. A Black intellectual class emerged that was disconnected from social movement organizing and beholden to white interests. Appeals to higher law became politically impotent: overly rational or overly sentimental. Recovering the Black natural law tradition provides a powerful resource for confronting police violence, mass incarceration, and today's gross racial inequities. Black Natural Law will change the way we understand natural law, a topic central to the Western ethical and political tradition. While drawing particularly on African American resources, Black Natural Law speaks to all who seek politics animated by justice"--
  • "Black Natural Law offers a new way of understanding the African American political tradition, and it argues that this tradition has collapsed into incoherence. The book revives Black politics by telling stories of its central figures in a way that exhibits the connections between their religious, philosophical, and political ideas"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1982-
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Lloyd, Vincent W.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Political theology and race
Label
Black natural law, Vincent W. Lloyd
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 180 pages
Isbn
9780199362189
Lccn
2015044627
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
YBP Library Services
System control number
(OCoLC)938990084
Label
Black natural law, Vincent W. Lloyd
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 180 pages
Isbn
9780199362189
Lccn
2015044627
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
YBP Library Services
System control number
(OCoLC)938990084

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