Racism as Human Alienation

“It is this faith character of racism which makes it the final and complete form of human alienation.  Racism is human alienation purely and simply; it is the prototype of all human alienation.  It is the one form of human conflict that divides human beings as human beings.  That which the racist glorifies in himself is his being.  And that which he scorns and rejects in members of out- races is precisely their human being.  Although the racist line of demarcation and hostility inevitably finds expression through the institutions of society, it is not primarily a cultural, political or economic boundary.  Rather, it is a boundary of estrangement in the order of human beings as such.”

~ George D. Kelsey, Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, (New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1965), 23.

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