BIG IDEA: Racism is a Systemic Problem

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Most of the time, when mainstream media outlets feature a news item about racism, they frame the story as being about an individual act of prejudice. Donald Sterling or Paula Deen using a racial slur or making a derogatory comment about people of color, for instance.

Majority culture clergy often use this approach as well. When white pastors preach against racism, they challenge the members of their congregations to root out the sin of racism from their hearts.

There isn’t anything inherently wrong with either of these approaches. I’m not opposed to public figures being shamed for verbally expressing racist sentiments. And I believe it’s important for each of us to examine our own souls in order to find and fight the prejudice lurking there.

The problem is, racism is a much bigger issue than that. Racism is about centuries of oppression embedded in the very fabric of our society (including our churches) and institutionalized in our laws and criminal justice system.

That’s what we’re going to talk more about in this series.

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