Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Option
One Woman's Journey into Everyday Antiracism
by Jenny Booth Potter
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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 24 Nov 2022
During a bus ride with a group of fellow college students, Jenny Booth Potter came to a life-changing realization. She decided that racism in all its forms—in policies and systems, in organizations and churches, in neighborhoods and families–could no longer be tolerated. And even though Jenny didn't know what to do about racism, she was certain of one thing: doing nothing is no longer an option. That declaration Jenny made to her peers was more than seven words uttered on a bus. It was a vow, a lifetime commitment to seek racial justice.
With candor and humility, Jenny shares her very imperfect but relentless journey of growing in awareness of racism, of reckoning with her own white privilege, and of learning how to be an antiracism advocate alongside her young family. If you're anything like Jenny was on that bus—overwhelmed by the enormity of racism and compelled to do something, but uncertain if you can actually make any difference—then this book is for you. Join Jenny and see for yourself what everyday antiracism looks like.
"Jenny beckons readers to normalize allyship rather than leave it to a few, summoning the privileged to be part of the answer and not the problem. Without a lick of lip service, she goes first, grappling with how racism has been laced through her own story, all the while inviting readers to a place of advocacy and allyship that will lead to the flourishing of all God's children."
-Tiffany Bluhm, author of Prey Tell: Why We Silence Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up
"Jenny Booth Potter simultaneously acknowledges the emotional work White people must do to reckon with racism and injustice while refusing to accept White excuses, for herself or her readers. By sharing her story, she challenges us to start the lifelong work of dismantling White supremacy in society and in ourselves."
-Blake Chastain, host of the Exvangelical podcast
"Jesus' call to justice is transformative—and has major implications on how we raise children, love neighbors, approach work, and embrace worship. In this historical and deeply personal book, Jenny Booth Potter weaves her experiences into a broader examination of racial injustice. Jenny is a gifted truth teller, sharing her imperfections to help White Christians like me reckon with sins of racism past and present. Jenny held a mirror to my soul, inviting me to examine my complicity, and I'm grateful for it. This book won't shame you, but it'll push you. Let it propel you beyond complacency and into God's call to embody antiracism in your everyday life."
-Kayla Craig, author of To Light Their Way and creator of Liturgies for Parents
"It takes the most brave and generous souls among us to open up their lives and invite us along. As an ally and seasoned practitioner, Jenny Potter is undeniably one such soul. With striking vulnerability and sincere hope, she tells stories and unfolds memories that compel her readers to make the pursuit of antiracism the only viable option for a world of justice and mutual flourishing for us all."
-Ashlee Eiland, co–lead pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church and author of Human(Kind)
"As a Black woman, it is difficult for me to fathom anyone taking a backseat (or no seat at all) in the continued fight for racial equity and justice. Yet for too many White individuals, particularly White Christians, that's often the default response. In Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Option, Jenny Booth Potter writes directly to this audience in an honest and practical way, addressing this reality head-on. Starting with her own antiracist journey, there's no sugarcoating the challenges, missteps, and discomfort Jenny has encountered. But for those who are ready to self-examine, engage, and act, her words are a clarion call that it's necessary and worth it."
-Patricia A. Taylor, writer and antiracism educator