Getting My Attention: Carter on Race

Good books often have you hooked within a page or so.  Something novel, exciting, bold, imaginative, grabs the attention and whets your appetite for what follows.  I have just started J. Kameron Carter's Race: A Theological Account.  How about this as a discussion starter:

'My fundamental contention is that modernity's racial imagination has its genesis in the theological problem of Christianity's quest to sever itself from its Jewish roots.  This severance was carried out in two distinct but integrated steps.  First, Jews were cast as a race group in contrast to Western Christians, who with the important assistance of the discourses of Christian theology and philosophy, were also subtly and simultaneously case as a race group.  The Jews were the mirror in which the European and eventually the Euro-American Occident could religiously and thus racially conceive itself through the difference of Orientalism.  In this way, Western culture began to articulate itself as Christian culture (and vice-versa), but now – and this is the new moment – through the medium of a racial imagination.  Second, having racialized Jews as a people of the Orient and Judaism as a "religion" of the East, Jews were then deemed inferior to Christians of the Occident or the West.  Hence, the racial imagination (the first step) proved as well to be a racist imagination of white supremacy (the second step).  Within the gulf enacted between Christianity and the Jews, the racial, which proved to be a racist, imagination was forged.' (p.4)