SUMMARY: A fantastic, thorough read penned with humility, nuance and honesty. If you are looking for an extensive resource on your journey towards racial reconciliation or are wondering what that process entails this is the book for you.
Pastor Daniel Hill of River City Community Church (Chicago, IL) lays out seven stages that lead the reader from blindness to sight – encounter, denial, disorientation, shame, self-righteousness, awakening and active participation. Biblically rooted and highly recommended.
KEY QUOTE: “There’s a reality that belongs to God alone, and Jesus is the one that ushers us into it. This is a journey he longs to lead us on and a journey we’re invited to participate in. But the price of admission is full acknowledgment of our utter blindness. Only when we embrace our lack of sight can we authorize Jesus to begin the process of illuminating the truth that we so badly need to see.”
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More curated media on white privilege:
Does white privilege exist? If it does exist, why is the idea repulsive to so many people? What are we supposed to do about it? Pastor Tim Cain of Kaleo Church (Lakeside, CA) answers those questions and more in a convicting sermon full of wisdom. Cain believes that we must first acknowledge that advantages exist, realize that everything we have is a gift from God, and then steward our privilege for the oppressed.Read more
In a nuanced, informative, and kind sermon, pastor Jon Tyson defines privilege as “when you do nothing and you get something.” Tyson then proceeds to give the history of the modern understanding of privilege saying that most people land on the rights side or the responsibility side on the privilege spectrum. Using Philippians 2:1-11 as his basis he says that Christians need a distinct approach to privilege – a redirection that elevates and benefits those who need help in our society.Read more
The reason why many white people become defensive when talking about white privilege is because white people have never had to reckon with whiteness as an identity. Author, professor, and theologian Dr. Willie Jennings says that we have to recognize whiteness and it’s deep roots in American society and the American church before reconciliation can happen. If you are white, this is a difficult, but needed, critique to listen to.Read more