"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ~ Nelson Mandela
God's Word on Equality
The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that "God created humankind in God's own image, in the image of God, created them male and female." Later in Genesis 1:31 the Bible says, "God saw all that was created, and it was very good." When we combine these two essential passages from Genesis, there is no basis for racism. Racial justice is a moral problem - it is a spiritual problem.
Where is My Church on Racial Justice?
Racial Justice Rubric
Article: "Why Saying 'I'm Not a Racist' Makes You More of a Racist"
- People use the statement "I'm not racist" as a qualifier to justify a particular behavior or thought. For example, "I'm not racist, but if there is a Black Entertainment Television station shouldn't there be a White Entertainment station"? Do you think that people who use this qualifier fully understand the definition of racism and how it is exuded in our daily lives?
- This case study and article were conducted in South Africa, a country that has Caucasians as the minority; however, that minority ruled blacks for nearly five decades through the system of apartheid. Do you think that the white people in South Africa who say “I’m not racist” are saying it for a different reason than the white people in America who make the same assertion? Please explain why or why not.
Video: "Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism"
- Have you personally ever made any statements like those illustrated in the video, or have been in conversation where another person has made such comments? If so, why do you think it is challenging for people to see quotidian problems as not isolated incidents but rather a small drop of the large sea of racism?
- How can a church address some of the issues mentioned in the video, but not on an individual level; rather, how might a church be able to become more inclusive of people of color by abating some of the stereotypes mentioned in this video?