Dear White Christians
For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation
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"If reconciliation is the takeaway point for the civil rights story we usually tell, then the takeaway point for the more complex, more truthful civil rights story contained in Dear White Christians is reparations." -- from the preface to the second edition
With the troubling and painful events of the last several years--from the killing of numerous unarmed Black men and women at the hands of police to the rallying of white supremacists in Charlottesville--it is clearer than ever that the reconciliation paradigm, long favored by white Christians, has failed to heal the deep racial wounds in the church and American society. In this provocative book, originally published in 2014, Jennifer Harvey argues for a radical shift away from the well-meaning but feeble longing for reconciliation toward a robustly biblical call for reparations.
Now in its second edition--with a new preface addressing the explosive changes in American culture and politics since 2014, as well as an appendix that explores what a reparations paradigm can actually look like--Dear White Christians calls justice-committed Christians to do the gospel-inspired work of opposing racist social structures around them. Harvey's message is historically and scripturally rooted, making it ideal for facilitating the difficult but important discussions about race that are so desperately needed in churches and faith-centered classrooms across the country.
"Dear White Christians is a must-read. This kind of unflinching analysis is both rare and powerful. Through thorough analysis coupled with prophetic vision, Harvey decodes the mystery of the failure of the 'racial reconciliation' movement and offers clear direction forward toward the repair of our racialized society. All seminarians and pastors should read this book. And if every person in the pews of white churches read Harvey's love letter to them, then our nation might actually have a chance to realize Dr. King's vision of the beloved community."-- Lisa Sharon Harper, author of The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right
"This powerful book displays the subversive possibilities of confession and calls the church beyond good intentions in the work of racial justice. A truly original work."-- Brian Bantum, author of The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World
"A gospel for white people, this book calls for nothing less than laying down the trump card of reconciliation for the sake of true repentance and conversion. Jennifer Harvey is proclaiming truth. Listen to her." -- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good