RECKONING AND REPAIR: THE URGENT CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE IN THE BLACK CHRISTIAN PODCAST CIRCUIT
Keywords:Race, Religion, The Black Church, evangelical culture, podcasts
AbstractThis paper focuses on the Black Christian response to the 2020 uprisings against police brutality in the United States. Through a critical discourse analysis of three podcasts and interviews with podcasters, this paper argues that the Black, Christian podcast circuit is a counterpublic (Squires, 2002) that seeks to change Christian culture in America. I argue that it is the affordances of the medium of podcasting that make this counterpublic possible and that make it a potent force for changing the Christian conversation about race. These podcasters offer a portrait of a divided Christian church in need of repair and they make the case that repair is only possible through decolonizing the Christian faith, repenting and offering reparations for the racial trauma caused by white Christians, sparking Christians’ activist inclinations in favor of racial justice causes, and interrogating and correcting sexism within both the Black church and white evangelical culture.
How to Cite
Laughlin, C. (2021). RECKONING AND REPAIR: THE URGENT CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE IN THE BLACK CHRISTIAN PODCAST CIRCUIT. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2021. https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2021i0.11967