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The Word and the Problem of Human Unconsciousness: An Analysis of Charles R. Lawrence’s Meditation on Racism, Oppression, and Empowerment

Charles R. Lawrence’s Word, a form of liberation theology, gives its practitioners an intrinsic tool for empowering and liberating those who have been silenced and marginalized by the dominant legal narrative and by racism and sexism. As victims, oppression is external to, independent of, and happening to minorities and women. Yet, relying on Abraham’s teachings of the Law of Attraction (and other esoteric materials), a universal principle that governs us all, this author argues that the Word cannot empower or liberate us because racism, sexism, and oppression are co-created experiences that are dependent on human unconsciousness, which means that we identify with our egoistic minds, or our small self. We are all-powerful reality co-creators, and we are implicated in the problem of extant racism. To test this hypothesis, he applies the Word to the case of the Jena Six and argues that the Word does not alter issues faced by the Jena Six and their stakeholders and it doesn’t prevent future arising of racialized events because the Word focuses not on all stakeholders but on whites and white racism. So-called victims are never required to understand that they are co-creators of their personal experiences and social realities like racism. To redress these issues, the author, relying on Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, argues that we, all of us, must live in the now by surrendering our egoistic minds, the very source of fear, pain, or suffering—racism. Surrender places us at the center of our co-created experiences, and it allows us to reclaim our voices, true identity, and power. Without surrender, we will co-create continued suffering.

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