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Kevin  Seavers  

SOC  001  
 
  The  connection  between  the  Montgomery  Bus  Boycott  and  Liberation  

Theology  is  the  political  and  social  injustice  endured  by  the  poor.  In  Montgomery,  

Alabama,  the  African-­‐American  citizens  felt  like  second-­‐class  citizens.  They  had  to  

give  up  their  seats  for  whites  and  sit  at  the  back  of  the  bus.  The  sociological  affect  on  

an  individual  could  make  one  feel  superior  to  the  other.  In  the  south  there  were  

separate  drinking  fountains  and  bathrooms  because  of  segregation  and  the  Jim  

Crow  laws.    

  Liberation  Theology  is  using  the  examples  left  by  Jesus  on  how  we  should  

treat  the  poor  and  our  fellow  man.  The  slave  master  and  the  slave  can’t  be  praying  

to  the  same  God  hoping  for  their  prayers  to  be  answered.  Liberation  Theology  is  

trying  to  create  a  paradigm  shift  and  encourage  each  man  or  women  to  match  the  

scriptures  with  our  society.  They  were  trying  tackle  the  injustices  of  society  because  

God  would  treat  it  as  an  insult.  If  you  see  injustice,  you  should  do  something  about  it  

or  else,  you  can  be  perceived  as  benefiting  from  the  societal  practices.    

  Liberation  Theology  has  made  a  huge  impact  on  society  in  the  black  

community.  Former  President  Obama’s  minister,  Jeremiah  Wright  is  a  so-­‐called  

Black  Liberation  theologist.  Occasionally,  my  family  participates  in  feeding  the  

homeless  at  churches.  In  the  United  States,  we  still  have  some  forms  of  colonialism  

and  exploitation  of  poorer  countries.  The  Bay  of  Pigs  and  the  War  on  Iraq  are  great  

examples  of  how  we  still  have  not  eliminated  colonialism.