At a pragmatic level, white churches served as connective tissue that brought together leaders from other social realms to coordinate a campaign of massive resistance to black equality. But at a deeper level, white churches were the institutions of ultimate legitimization, where white supremacy was divinely justified via a carefully cultivated Christian theology. White Christian churches composed the cultural score that made white supremacy sing.

Source: Jones, Robert P.. White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity (p. 33). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

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