Reviewed by Dr. Alex Mikulich, Research Fellow
Moral theologian Bryan Massingale’s Racial Justice and the Catholic Church fills a long-standing void in moral theology that has largely failed to contend with racism. Deeply compassionate and prophetic, Massingale delivers an incisive analysis in a lively and widely accessible prose.
Racial Justice breaks down three obstacles to address racism in the U.S. First, we lack a common understanding of racism—we really don’t know what we are talking about. Second, in mixed-race contexts, we really don’t know how to talk about race. Finally, we—especially white European Americans—don’t want to talk about racial tensions in the U.S. because we don’t want to contend with the multiple ways that we benefit from racial hierarchy.
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