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For-Profit DemocracyWhy the Government Is Losing the Trust of Rural America$
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Loka Ashwood

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215359

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215359.001.0001

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The Transcendent People

The Transcendent People

(p.156) Six The Transcendent People
For-Profit Democracy

Loka Ashwood

Yale University Press

This chapter suggests that in order to understand the full fallout of for-profit democracy, one must understand a simple truth relied on by those perpetually disinherited in the Burke County black community: God, not government, would deliver justice. Reckoning with the full fallout of majority tyranny in for-profit democracy requires rethinking the assumption that people showing up or standing up signals faith in the state they seek to reform. For some, showing up did not signal faith in the democratic state, a part of the corrupt system, but faith in God. In between absolute disenfranchisement and the promise of collectivity, the Burke County black Baptist churches can be found. There, pastors enter spaces of hopelessness to speak the word of God, knowing that their people often cannot stand behind them in a system broken by the majority's rule.

Keywords:   for-profit democracy, religion, God, Burke County, justice, African Americans, black churches, Baptist churches

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