Symposium on Anthony Pinn’s When Colorblindness Isn’t the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race
In this essay, I address three themes that I find compelling in Anthony Pinn’s provocative book, When Colorblindness Isn’t the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race: human flourishing, racialized existence, and religious functionalism. I then discuss the materialist implications of Pinn’s humanistic discourse, remaining curious about the nature of the “human” implied therein. Specifically, as a religious naturalist, I am concerned that contemporary humanistic discourse is capacious enough to achieve dimensions of racial justice that are often eclipsed by a specific modernist notion of the human.
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