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.
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.
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.
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.
Penned from a person who grew up extremely poor the author sympathizes with why poor white people react vehemently against the term white privilege, but ultimately comes to the conclusion that white privilege does exist and perhaps why so many poor white people have a problem with the term is because classism is mixed up in the term.
A thorough history of the church and its complicity with racism and white supremacy doctrine. An excellent starting point to learning about the church and racism working hand in hand. The next step would be to read or watch The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby.
An excerpt from the paper that started it all. Instead of categorically dismissing intersectionality, read the original paper and come to an opinion yourself. We found it to be compelling and a useful exercise to answer the twenty six questions included in the excerpt.
Professor Anthony Bradley says white evangelicals have to get comfortable using the terms white privilege and intersectionality to move the conversation beyond platitudes. White people must admit to their privilege not because they need to feel guilty, but to use their privilege for the poor and the oppressed.
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.