What can you do to be a force for racial justice?
Many White Christians are eager to fight against racism and for racial justice. But what steps can they take to make good, lasting change? How can they get involved without unintentionally doing more harm than good?
In this practical and illuminating guide drawn from more than twenty years of cross-cultural work and learning from some of the greatest leaders of color, pastor and racial justice advocate Daniel Hill provides nine practices rooted in Scripture that will position you to be an active supporter of inclusion, equality, and racial justice. With stories, studies, and examples from his own journey, Hill will show you:
How to get free of the impact of White supremacy individually and recognize that it works systemicallyHow to talk about race in an intelligent and respectful way How to recognize which strategies are helpful and which are harmfulWhat you can do to make a difference every day, after protests and major events
We cannot experience wholistic justice without confronting and dismantling White supremacy. But as we follow Jesus--the one who is supreme over all things--into overturning false power systems, we will become better advocates of the liberating and unconditional love that God extends to us all.
Pastor Hill (White Awake) portrays in this trenchant work the concept of white supremacy as a literally diabolical lie that too many American Christians have unconsciously embraced as an idol. Hill, who is white, offers nine spiritual practices intended to help white Christians deepen their connection to Jesus and equip them to combat white supremacy among them recognizing and rejecting the temptation to believe one has reached a state of total enlightenment about race and stresses the need for white people to carefully evaluate when and how to ask friends of other races for guidance about antiracist actions. Hill connects each practice with examples from his own evolution from ignorance about white supremacy to forming effective collaborations that push back against it. He also shares the experiences of Black friends and colleagues who have helped him understand white supremacy more fully, and the Biblical passages he's found helpful particularly Isaiah 58. Hill's cogent lessons are accessible to any reader new to anti-racist discourse, though white evangelical Christians will gain the most from Hill's analysis. Christians who are starting to examine their own relationships to systemic racism would do well to pick up this thoroough work.