“God is a White Racist” professor Anthea Butler again berated conservative pundits for condemning her statements which she made a day after the George Zimmerman verdict last week.
This July 13 verdict came after the trial in which Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges relating to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Butler also reaffirmed her statements in a blog in which she claimed that a majority of Americans worship a “white racist god with a problem” who is “carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”
An associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Butler wrote the blog post for Religious Dispatches last week.
“God ain’t good all of the time,” she wrote. “In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”
She further stated,
“As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history.”
Conservative commentators and bloggers roundly condemned her statements. Josiah Ryan, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, speaking on Fox News called her comments “hateful.” He further stated that her remarks were “designed to hurt.”
Butler defended her statements last week saying that her words had been misinterpreted. She said she was referencing two different entities when she wrote “god” and “God.”
However, during a recent panel discussion at Harlem Book Fair, Butler hit back hard at her critics. She explained that in her blog she was not talking “about the God of the scriptures the God that we know, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
“I was coming after the god they worship, Mammon; the god they worship, racism; the god they worship, white supremacy.” She said she got attacked by the conservatives for expressing her views.
“I wrote an op-ed in the religion dispatches magazine this week about America’s racist god,” she said. “I got attacked by the right. I got attacked by Fox, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh—I’m saying all you all’s names out loud—Daily Caller.”
Butler further stated that she was thankful that she had tenure at the University of Pennsylvania and cannot be fired for making controversial statements.
“Thank God I got a great institution that takes care of me,” she said. “I have tenure. I can’t get fired.”
Rush Limbaugh immediately took umbrage at her statements.
“All we did was react to what this professor said in her rage and her anger,” he said. “But then she flips everybody off, ‘you can’t do anything about it because I have tenure.’ Anyway, I don’t know how much you spend to send your kids to this school, but it’s a waste of money if your kid’s taking a course taught by this woman.”
Butler is the author of an upcoming book “The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right”
Her website states the book explores the role of religion in Sarah Palin’s political action, and Palin’s influence on the Republican Party.
By Perviz Walji