Exceeding Quotidian Kindness: A Christian Response to Lateral Violence in the Workplace

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Gordon Pon
Doret Phillips


kindness, Christianity, anti-Black racism, lateral violence, social work


This paper presents a Christian view of kindness to address lateral violence in academe and social service settings among racialized proponents of conflict perspectives in social work such as anti-racism and anti-Black racism. Two examples of extraordinary kindness involving the Asian and African diaspora are presented to highlight the axiological and spiritual relevance of kindness as it relates to anti-racism and anti-Black racism, on one hand, and as a helpful intervention for addressing lateral violence in academe and social service settings, on the other.      

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