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White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, Robert P. Jones

Reviewed by Biko Mandela Gray

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The term “white supremacy” often conjures images of shaved heads and hoods. But, according to Robert P. Jones, we might need to ditch those images for a church steeple. White Too Long weaves together memoir, statistical analysis, and impassioned provocation to argue that it is long overdue for white Christians to reckon with their complicity and investment in white supremacy.

The text has seven chapters and three appendices (the appendices are for the more statistically minded; I am, admittedly, not one of those people). The first chapter lays the intellectual and historical ground work on which the text proceeds. “Christianity” and “white supremacy” deserve special attention here: by “Christianity,” Jones means all white Christians—Catholic, mainline Protestant, and Evangelical—and he expands “white supremacy” to include the institutional and intellectual channels and networks through which white people justify the disproportionate benefits they accrue from being white.

Expanding the term in this way allows Jones to expose the historical, theological, symbolic, and demographic/statistical dimensions of white supremacy’s relationship with Christianity (Chapters 2–5). Jones covers people such as the slavery apologist and theologian Basil Manly Sr., as

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