On the latest episode of my podcast, Footnotes, I announced our first-ever book giveaway! I’m not offering just one book, not even two, but three books.
I call it the Racial Justice Starter Kit.
Obviously, dozens of books could fit into this category, but I only had room for three and I wanted to offer volumes that have been important to me personally. So here they are…
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
I love this book because it answers the simple yet crucial question: Why are our churches racially divided?
Emerson and Smith, two sociologists, look at white evangelicals and study their views on black/white race relations. Through thousands of survey responses and numerous interviews, you get a sense of what evangelicals believe about race and how they can perpetuate segregation despite their stated intentions.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
I read this book in college and ever since it’s been foundational to my thinking about race. Tatum, a social psychologist and past president of Spelman College, explains why groups of young people gather in racially and ethnically homogenous groups. This, she says, can be a healthy and necessary part of racial identity development. She addresses all kinds of racial divisions and equips readers to talk knowledgeably about race and how we develop our own racial identities.
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
Of course, this is a bit self-promoting, but I truly think The Color of Compromise can be helpful! In particular, I take a historical approach to argue that throughout its history the church in North America, specifically white churches, have been complicit in the construction of a racial hierarchy. Time and again when Christians could have taken a courageous stand against the racial status quo they instead chose to compromise. The church cannot be separated from the racial divide that has characterized life in the U.S. both in the past and the present.
Interested? Would you like to get these books for FREE?
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I’ll accept submissions until Monday September 9.
The winner will be announced on the next episode of Footnotes which drops that Thursday.
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