By Andy Hale
James Cone, in his powerful work Black Theology and Black Power, wrote, “If the Church is to remain faithful to its Lord, it must make a decisive break with the structure of this society by launching a vehement attack on the evils of racism in all forms. It must become prophetic, demanding a radical change in the interlocking structures of this society.”
Today, most moderate to progressive American Christians have a heightened sensitivity to systematic racism. We know how to spot racist tweets, policies and jerrymandered voting maps with our eyes closed. We’ve made our social media posts, preached those sermons and participated in local activists groups.
But do we know how to spot casual racism in our lives, words, comfort and entitlement? How far are we willing to go to eradicate racism in America, even if that includes our white privilege?
Our guest for this week’s CBF Podcast Conversation experienced an awakening as she came face to face with her casual racism as a white woman married to a black man.
“Privilege is a nest egg. Privilege is the family inheritance, vacations to the Bahamas. Privilege is not worrying about where your next meal is going to come from because the pantry’s always fully stocked,” said Cara Meredith, author of The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Reconciliation.
In Cara’s new book, she tells the story of interracial marriage, the challenges of facing two cultures in the blending of a family and the deconstruction of white privilege.
Cara Meredith is also a contributor for Christianity Today and RedLetter Christians.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy