An Ivy League professor who said George Zimmerman’s acquittal is proof of a “white racist god” is standing by her assertion.
Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania and an MSNBC contributor, blogged her observations last week after a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
“God ain’t good all of the time,” Butler wrote July 14 at Religion Dispatches, where she is a contributing editor. “In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”
Butler defiantly hit back at her critics Saturday during a panel at the Harlem Book Fair on Saturday, saying she was referring to the “small ‘G’” god,” not “big “G.’”
“I got attacked by the right. I got attacked by Fox, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh — I’m saying all you all’s names out loud — Daily Caller,” Butler said in remarks flagged by the College Fix. “All of them, they came at me this week. I didn’t have no church people to clean up my Twitter feed. These people call me the ‘B’, the ‘C,’ everything else they could call me except a child of God. Okay? And why did they do that? Because I had the nerve to critique this American god. Small ‘G’ now. Not big ‘G.’ But they like, ‘Oh, no! You comin’ after God!’”
Butler hailed her tenured position at the University of Pennsylvania, protecting her from getting fired for her comments.
“See, I was coming after their god. I was not coming after the God of the scriptures, the God that we know, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I was coming after the god they worship, Mammon; the god they worship, racism; the god they worship, white supremacy… Thank God I got a great institution that takes care of me. I have tenure. I can’t get fired.”
(H/T: The Daily Caller)