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What is the intersectionality of Queer Asian American Liberation Theology and Black Liberation Theology?

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While there have been simplified versions of Black Liberation Theology since the civil rights movement, James H. Cone's founding text Black Theology and Black Power teaches neither hate nor anti-Americanism; rather, it teaches a greater focus on the impoverished and suffering, as encapsulated in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Dr. Cone taught Liberation Theology as an interpretation of the Christian gospel from the perspective of the lowest economic and racial groups. Since Cone's book was published in 1969, black Americans continue to be subjected to systemic inequality, discrimination, and a persistent racial wealth gap.

Queer Theology as a belief system is based on the idea that gay and lesbian relations and gender nonconformity have been present throughout history, including in the Bible. Discrimination against LGBTQ people, and religious bodies that deem gender variance immoral, has a particularly powerful impact on queer Asian Americans due to culture, religion, and traditional family connections within Asian American communities. While Cone's Black Liberation Theology did not include LGBTQ Asian Americans specifically, commonality can be found in religious tolerance and support for marginalized and vulnerable groups.

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