Extracts

Name Author
Charles Marsh's field notes: Dahmer Murder and the Response of the Church The Facts of the Case
"I don't think I was disenchanted with Bob. Bob had all these little Bobs around him."
"We were angry because we didn't achieve what we wanted to; angry because we were frustrated; angry because we have bought into so much of this; we are angry at ourselves because of our frailties; there's a lot of anger to go around..."
"...I pleaded to something I didn't have anything to do with."
"We could bring a women into the circle and we didn't lose anything. Women were in the circle and they were down; we were all the same... It's just unfair to relegate all that was going on to some kind of sexual experience."
"Undergirding a lot of the Black Power movement was a renewed faith and belief; a new set of role models for young men, a power to be different."
"...questions were raised."
"I was trying to run between students who had been in prison, beaten and so on, and white ministers, white church women, to try to set up some interracial meetings."
"...I had decided there was no way to return to the state and that I would move to another part of the country."
"...I couldn't have done it if I had not had a prison record."
"...so I was ordained with no denominational connection."
"...so I asked [the Methodists] to vote on it..."
"...they voted me out of the church."
"The black bishop over these churches phoned me and asked me to be called as a black minister… So I was back in the Methodist church in a matter of probably hours."
"The movement was very religious up until '64."
"We didn't have church community to support somebody going through that kind of agony."
"...I think it was basically in American religion of self-sufficiency, self-success, a little bit of love of neighbor; but neighbor defined very carefully within a network, usually the church itself defined who the neighbor was."
"...wouldn't dare risk that at 1st Baptist Church, where we had maybe two demonstrations and then ran because, as the way it was put, all the Baptists carry such big Bibles..."
"...children coming into Sunday school have to say, 'Mommy, what's the dog for? That doesn't look like Lassie. What's that paddywagon doing there and all those helmeted officers?'"
"Like one usher told me, 'Leave Christ out of this. This is my church.'"
"'You can't even go to church now without having to think about segregation. What is this world coming to?'"
This was to be our first day; the first day of a nightmare filled with physical and emotional cruelty...
Today's Christian ideology would have us to believe that God does not expect our families to make bold sacrifices...
Every time someone would accidently bump into me in the halls, they would brush themselves off as if to remove the germs. No one ever talked to me, unless it was to insult me or to make fun of me.
The realization for a 13 year old black boy, that the highest authority in his daily world would not give him justice, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, which included proud confessions, was a devastating blow to his fragile self worth.
"I couldn't stand that black bastard," he shouted, "but he could sho' preach."
There is a fine art to "civilized" oppression.
'Yes, God made me black and there's nothing wrong with that. But it was you who made me a nigger.'
'they're afraid of one day finding out that everything they believe in is a lie.'
Because we were relegated to the leftover swimming holes, nearly every summer that I can remember some mother's black boy (the girls seldom swam) would end up getting drowned.