Reconciliation Means Death

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“The task of black people is to rebel against all white masters, destroying their pretensions and authority and ridiculing the symbols of power. White people must be made to realize that reconciliation is a costly experience. It is not holding hands and singing ‘black and white together’ and ‘we shall overcome.’ Reconciliation means death, and only those who are prepared to die in the struggle for freedom will experience new life with God.”—James Cone, God of the Oppressed

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