George Yancey, Beyond Racial Division

The talking heads on cable news are a microcosm of the American conversation. It’s either a scenario of a multi-personality dialogue, where they are all talking over each other, or it’s an overwhelmingly one-sided perspective of all that is going wrong with the opposition. 

The far-right has its ideology, and the far left joins them in their polarizing views on politics, economics, race relations, immigration, etc. As a result, it feels like proverbial trench warfare in which no one wants to crossover No Man’s Land. 

So, with our opinions and interpretation of facts set, how do we create spaces for healthy dialogue about our differences and different way forward? 

“I am going to offer a solution to the racial problems before us. But no matter how good my approach, I must also recognize that I am part of the problem. I live in a racialized society, and I cannot escape the effect of that society,” said Dr. George Yancey on the CBF Podcast Conversation. 

We sat down with the Baylor Scholar of the Institute for Studies of Religion about how we get past the racial division in our communities. Yancey has a new book, “Beyond Racial Division: A Unifying Alternatives to Colorblindness and Antiracism.”

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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

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