Black Religion pp 193-196 | Cite as

“Bluing” the Standard Narrative

  • William David Hart


Each of the autobiographers became who they are because on some level they could not tolerate who they were. Their radical transformations occurred at the intersection of religious commitment, racial identification, and the allure of black freedom struggle; the polar demands of religion, race, and politics sometimes pulling them in antagonistic directions. Common markers of their passage to the persons they became included the world-shaking death of a parent, the troubling relationship between ancestry and rape, the meaning of Jewish ancestry under the conditions of white supremacy and in a society that defined Jews as white; the terror of the Ku Klux Klan; the relations between holiness, enlightenment, and diet, and opposition to Jim Crow—in summary, they are bound by their struggle through the dark passages of American life.


Black People Jewish Identity Religious Commitment White Supremacy Racial Identification 
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