By Andy Hale
We have all experienced or are experiencing it: the feeling of grievance, anger, and rightness that injustice cannot stand.
For many, those powerful emotions are quickly accompanied by feelings of immobility and frustration because we don’t actually know what to do about it.
Racism is a systemic problem in America. For those who have not been the victims of discrimination and bigotry, the reality of racism’s severity can be overwhelming. You want to do something about it, but you just don’t know what you can do.
“A growing swell of people recognize the fierce urgency of now when it comes to fighting racism. You want to be part of the solution. But you need guidance about what exactly you should be doing as an individual or within an institution to push back against the current racial caste system,” prodded Jemar Tisby on the CBF Podcast.
The New York Times bestselling author has a new book, How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice. This book invites readers to begin with Jesus as a formative way to combat racial injustice.
“While there has been a proliferation of books on race in the past several years, there remains room for more works that focus on the specific methods and actions that can promote racial equity. This book prioritizes the practical,” added Tisby.
Jemar is the CEO of The Witness and was recently named Assistant Director of Narrative & Advocacy at the Center for Antiracist Research.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. 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