UPenn prof on Zimmerman verdict: God is a ‘white racist’ who carries gun and stalks ‘young black men’

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Professor Anthea Butler on Monday expressed anger over the not-guilty verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, arguing in a blogpost that God must be a “white racist.”

Professor Anthea Butler contended after the not-guilty Zimmerman verdict that God is a "white racist."

“God ain’t good all of the time,” she said. “In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an 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,” she continued. “More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”

Butler made the claim in a blog-post on ReligionDispatches.org where she is a contributing editor.  She works as an associate professor in the UPenn department of Religious Studies.

Butler also claimed Trayvon Martin’s killing was the result of racism which is linked to Christianity.

“As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history,” she wrote.

Butler added that Christians are among America’s biggest racists.

“When the good Christians of America are some of its [America’s] biggest racists, one has to consider our moral responsibility to call out those who clearly are not for human flourishing, no matter what ethnicity a person is,” she wrote. “Where are you on that scale? I know where I am.”

In a tweet sent out earlier this afternoon, Butler reiterated her statement that Americans worship a racist God.

“y'all take care of the KKKlan Twitter egg avi's till I return. I see my sheet they don't like me calling out their racist god #toobad” she tweeted.

In the blog-post Butler also criticized Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Koch brothers, the NRA, and capitalism as part of a system which supports the actions of people like George Zimmerman.

Neither Butler or Upenn responded to Campus Reform’s request for comment. 

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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