SUMMARY: 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.
KEY QUOTE: “Whiteness was imagined as a wonderful achievement for so many people, especially Christians. They never had any need, nor any desire, to separate themselves from the positivity that is whiteness. And so for so many when you say the word whiteness and talk about critique many feel personally attacked – they feel like we are engaging in a form of hate speech because we are calling into question whiteness and pointing out that whiteness is a way of being in the world that is detrimental to the world.”
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In a vulnerable and nuanced discussion about CRT, politics, and the church, host Preston Sprinkle and Dr. Ed Uszynski discuss finding the “transcendent middle.” They also identify that the Christian approach to critical race theory (CRT) is often met with a lack of empathy and theological understanding of justice . Skip to the nine-minute mark to get to the meat of the interview.Read more
A passionate plea to Black Christians to not negotiate with their dignity. If you want a perspective on the frustrations of Black Christians and the churches response to racism within and outside of the church then this is the podcast for you. This is also a great opportunity to listen and learn what the church can do to address systemic and individual racism.Read more
From protests to Black Lives Matter to critiques of white fragility to critical race theory host Justin Brierley talks with theologian Dr. Drew Hart and Christian sociologist Dr. George Yancy about how the church can respond to each issue.Read more