An excerpt from Kelly Brown Douglas' Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, a theological response to the murder of Trayvon Martin and other young African-Americans.
The transcendent freedom of God is essential for a black faith born on the soil of the oppressor's faith, directed presumably to the same God. It was an awareness of God's transcendent freedom that enabled enslaved men and women to know that the God their enslavers spoke of was not truly God. They recognized that their enslaver's God was as bound to the whips and chains of slavery as were their own black bodies. Their enslaver's God was for all intents and purposes a white slave master sitting on a throne in heaven keeping black people in their place as chattel. The black enslaved knew that this was not the God who encountered them in their free African lives. They were certain, furthermore, that this was not the God they encountered in the Bible. The God of their enslavers simply was not free. The God of the enslaved, which they soon understood to be the God of the Bible, was free. Doubtless, it was the African religious heritage of the enslaved that facilitated their profound understanding of God's freedom and transcendence.