Recent events in the United States have demonstrated the urgent need not only to discuss issues of racism in this country but to move toward meaningful antiracist work. Protestors in the street demand demonstrable change, and around the country, pastors, congregations, and other concerned Christians are looking for ways to clarify terms and issues around racism and discern how to respond.
Originally published in 2016 as Race in a Post-Obama America), this updated edition offers contributions from a diverse group of pastors, professors, and activists on the history of racism, the issues of racism today, and action plans for moving toward antiracist work and racial justice. Updated material addresses police and police brutality, the ongoing work of Black Lives Matter, and black protests. New chapters examine racism in relation to immigration and digital media. Designed for individual or group study, Race in America includes questions for reflection and discussion.
"Every predominantly white congregation needs this book. It is a primer on the sources, effects, and persistence of racism. But it also issues a clear call for Christian action to dismantle racism."
—Leanne Van Dyk, President, Columbia Theological Seminary
"This book for time challenges the assumptions made in the United States that racism has nothing to do with the current deterioration of the political, religious, and communal life in the United States."
—J. Herbert Nelson II, Director, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness
"This should be required reading for twenty-first century American Christians."
—Bernice Powell Jackson, Pastor, First United Church of Tampa