Posts tagged whiteness
The Comfort of Whiteness and the Self Surrender of Gospel: What is Required of the White Church

And as I’m doing all this introspection, I cannot help but feel the need to urge pastors and congregants of churches to engage in this same self-interrogation. Particularly in America, where the Christian church is deeply divided between black and white Protestant churches, there is much lip service given to the need for racial reconciliation, but the effort required on the part of people who believe themselves to be white is far more of a burden than many of us are willing to take.

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It's Time for White People to Be Quiet and Listen

Now is not the time to talk. Now is the time to listen, to stand alongside, to hold our siblings in their pain, to realize that their pain runs deep and cannot be solved by a patchwork of goodwill and kind intentions. This conversation will require a radical decentering of the self – a sacrifice of our pride, our beliefs about who we are, and a willingness to love the other to the point of giving up our very selves. This is what reconciliation demands of us. Read black voices. Listen to their stories. Learn.

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Whiteness as the Masculine Ideal: the History of Racism in Purity Culture

In many ways, the white evangelical church in America is still unconsciously parroting this anti-liberation sentiment, basing their paternalism toward black churches in assumptions about lack of purity and sexual proclivities. The white theology of purity has become the message of the Gospel, flowing from white suburbia into the inner city. The evangelical purity culture seeks to set aright “black promiscuity,” a myth invented to justify white lust and white fear.

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