At the 2010 Jesus Radicals conference in Portland, Nekeisha Alexis-Baker spoke about racism and the nation-state. Crucial to the work for racial justice is the understanding of the origin and history of race. With that in mind, this session will explore the beginning of race as a concept; early attempts to articulate the idea and its initial impact on emerging European and American nation-states, such as naturalizing the nation, masking economic inequality, and creating borders. In addition to sharing this research, Nekeisha Alexis-Baker will also offer initial reflections on the particularly resources within Christian faith that enable resistance to race, racism and nation-state from her distinctive perspective as a Jesus-follower, an anarchist and a woman of color.

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