When a major cultural event, such as George Floyd's murder, shifts the focus of a country, it is easy to assume that critiques of the American church and racism are a recent phenomenon. Oftentimes we are simply unaware of prophetic voices from the the past such as Howard Thurman and his quintessential Jesus and the Disinherited. Penned in 1949, Thurman critiques the church and its seduction with power while detailing the psyche and motivation of the oppressed. His ultimate conclusion is that belief in Jesus, in conjunction with community, can empower the disinherited.
Our top five questions on black lives matter. What does Black lives matter mean? Is BLM a socialist, anti-Christian movement? Why is all lives matter not appropriate? How can I engage with organizations that have different values than my own? How can I help?
As a Christian do you want to know why we should unequivocally proclaim that Black lives matter? Do you want to know how to engage with the Black Lives Matter movement as a Christian? Or do you want to learn what Black Lives is? We have got you covered in our learning capsule.
In the first video Truth's Table podcast co-host Ekemini Uwan explains why Christians should care about #BlackLivesMatter before addressing Christians who have apprehension with aligning themselves with the black lives matter movement in the second video.
Pastor Rasool Berry (The Bridge Church | Brooklyn, NY) provides answers to common critiques about the church being involved in justice and partnering with non-Christian causes. He adeptly points out that some churches have always been involved in justice and the many ways in which we use secular theories, but reject the parts that don't align with our faith. He concludes his 9-minute talk with what we can do about it.
Our top 5 questions on white privilege. What is white privilege?
What are some examples of white privilege? Why do so many people get mad about the term white privilege? Should I feel guilty? How can I help?
Confused? Curious? Offended? Inquisitive? Angry? Defensive? If any of those terms describe you when you hear the term white privilege then this learning capsule on the term is for you.
White men have had a monopoly on Biblical interpretation in the west and the United States for hundreds of years. The voices of women and minorities have not been allowed to bring their valuable insight into Biblical analysis. Dr. Esau McCaulley's Reading While Black is his attempt to add to the cannon of Black Biblical interpretation in the steps of James Cone, Dr. Martin Luther King, W.E.B Duboise and countless others.
Big Brown Army host DeCruz and critical race theory expert Bradly Mason have an in-depth conversation where DeCruz asks several honest, poignant questions about CRT. Mason has clearly done a lot of research on CRT and we appreciated his nuanced answers. We particularly liked when he pointed out that as Christians we don't have to accept or reject CRT part and parcel as we rarely do that with other issues. We also liked that he recognizes that before starting a conversation terms must be defined because the uses and definitions of certain terms can be very different to another individual.
Although the podcast starts off a little goofy, Phil Vischer, Skye Jethani and Kaitlyn Schiess discuss the wholesale rejection of critical race theory in a meeting between six southern Baptist presidents. The real meat though is in the interview ( where we recommend you start -- skip to 43:19) with David Fitch who says that critical race theory, and all critical theories for that matter, are good diagnostic tools, but they must not be divorced from a Christian view of justice. The interview provides a succinct, nuanced history of critical theory that does not throw the baby out with the bath water.