The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Freddie Gray

The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Freddie Gray

by Roberto E. Alejandro


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Beginning with Plato, and carried over in the Christian tradition, western political thought has been wedded to the proposition that justice and virtue can be achieved in history through the adoption of proper norms. Hannah Arendt termed this “the tyranny of truth,” and its effect is to transform politics into a religious exercise through commitments to metaphysical propositions like truth or goodness.

The tumultuous political aftermath that formed the wake of Freddie Gray's crucifixion in Baltimore, MD, is an example of politics turned religious exercise. In those politics, confessional commitments to propositions related to race, society, and structure came to dominate the interpretation of the killing of Gray's mortal body. But as Gray was resurrected in various forms in the weeks after his death, one consequence was that a very poor community had one of their sons stripped from them first by police violence, and then again through politics whose discursive violence appropriated Gray as proof of its own metaphysics.

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ISBN-13: 9781978708310
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 02/15/2020
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Roberto E. Alejandro practices civil rights law and earned a PhD in religion and theology at Durham University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Tyranny of Truth and Politics as Religion
Chapter 2 On Background: Scribes, Pharisees, and Religious Confession
Chapter 3 On Background: Galilee
Chapter 4 The Crucifixion of Freddie Gray
Chapter 5 The Resurrection of Freddie Gray
Chapter 6 Watching These Things
Chapter 7 Confession, Hurricane Maria, and the Violence of Definition

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