This book examines race, religion, and politics in the United States, illuminating their intersections and what they reveal about power and privilege. Drawing on both historic and recent examples, Stephanie Mitchem introduces readers to the ways race has been constructed in the United States, discusses how race and religion influence each other, and assesses how they shape political influence. Mitchem concludes with a chapter looking toward possibilities for increased rights and justice for all.
Stephanie Y. Mitchem is professor of religious studies and women and gender studies at the University of South Carolina, where she also teaches African American studies . She is the author of several books, including Introducing Womanist Theology and African American Folk Healing.
1 Human Rights and Religions in the United States
2 Driven by the Original Identity Politics
3 Broken Treaties, Resistance, and Decolonization
4 Black Identities and the Weight of History
5 Hispanics? “We Know Who We Are”
6 Asian Americans at the Race-Politics-Religion Intersection
7 Muslims, The Newest/Old Others
8 Race, Politics, and Religion: Toward Human Rights at the
9 Conclusion: Toward Human Rights from Below in the United
Appendix A: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Appendix B: Commentary and Excerpts of Related United Nations
Documents and Concepts
Many authors hope events will make their book timely. Few could be more perfectly timed than Race, Religion, and Politics: Toward Human Rights in the United States. The book ends on a hopeful note—that we should pursue “human rights from below,” finding“solidarity” in neighborhoods and communities.
Mitchem proposes an impressive and comprehensive socio-historical analysis informed by critical race and feminist theories of the intersections of religion, race, and politics in the United States.
While many have worked to identify complicated interrelations of religion and race or politics and race, bringing the three into intersectional analysis leads to powerful insights for those engaged in efforts to bring systemic change.
In the continuing debacle of white supremacy power practices characterizing life in this country, there is perhaps no greater need than a continuing exposé of the inter-workings of race-politics-religion in their convoluted warping of social reality. Stephanie Mitchem’s new book engages that task with verve and nuance, clearing the air of misconception, while mapping the landscape of complex historical encounters necessary to understand our current struggle. Juggling, as she has, the categories of race, religion, and politics in their recombinant articulations is a service to both academy and society that demands a wide hearing and deep pondering.