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An Acclaimed, Timely Narrative Of How People Of Faith Have Historically Up To The Present Day Worked Against Racial Justice And A Call For Urgent Action By All Christians Today In Response The Color Of Compromise Is Both Enlightening And Compelling, Telling A History We Either Ignore Or Just Don T Know Equal Parts Painful And Inspirational, It Details How The American Church Has Helped Create And Maintain Racist Ideas And Practices You Will Be Guided In Thinking Through Concrete Solutions For Improved Race Relations And A Racially Inclusive ChurchThe Color Of Compromise Takes You On A Historical, Sociological, And Religious Journey From America S Early Colonial Days Through Slavery And The Civil WarCovers The Tragedy Of Jim Crow Laws, The Victories Of The Civil Rights Era, And The Strides Of Today S Black Lives Matter MovementReveals The Cultural And Institutional Tables We Have To Flip In Order To Bring About Meaningful IntegrationCharts A Path Forward To Replace Established Patterns And Systems Of Complicity With Bold, Courageous, Immediate ActionIs A Perfect Book For Pastors And Other Faith Leaders, Students, Non Students, Book Clubs, Small Group Studies, History Lovers, And All Lifelong LearnersThe Color Of Compromise Is Not A Call To Shame Or A Platform To Blame White Evangelical Christians It Is A Call From A Place Of Love And Desire To Fight For A Racially Unified Church That No Longer Compromises What The Bible Teaches About Human Dignity And Equality A Call That Challenges Black And White Christians Alike To Standup Now And Begin Implementing The Concrete Ways Tisby Outlines, All For A Equitable And Inclusive Environment Among God S People Starting Today Summary An introductory survey of American history and the relationship of the church to racism.Racism is hard to talk about because we have a hard time agreeing with what racism is Not only are there disagreements on what the definition of racism is, but conflicts often devolve into, That was racist and I don t understand how you can say that was racist The Color of Compromise is an introductory survey of how the church has compromised with racism over history Early chapters cover slavery and the divides within the church over the Civil War, Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights movement All of this is well done and important, but also a history that I think many will be relatively familiar with.I think where The Color of Compromise is most valuable and essential and will be most controversial is the last several chapters where racism is less overt Tisby uses comparisons with Billy Graham and a few others to show that even when there may not be an intention, harm can still occur.In previous eras, racism among Christian believers was much easier to detect and identify Professing believers openly used racial slurs, participated in beatings and lynchings, fought wars to preserve slavery, or used the Bible to argue for the inherent inferiority of black people And those who did not openly resist these actions those who remained silent were complicit in their acceptance Since the 1970s, Christian complicity in racism has become difficult to discern It is hidden, but that does not mean it no longer exists page 155 The word compromise in the Color of Compromise was well chosen Racism is not just overt harmful action, but also the times when it is easier not to say or do anything The examples of Billy Graham compared to Martin Luther King Jr, and other figures from our recent past do give the best illustrations in the book about how subtle, but real, lack of attention to how racial lines create reinforce historic racial divides.Early in the book when talking about Reconstruction, Tisby says, Even after the calamitous events of the Civil War, many citizens and politicians maintained a moderate stance on race and civil rights Unionists in the North tended to show concern about the status of former white Confederates than for the status of freedpeople page 92 It is easier to see with overt actions, but the later chapters are important in showing that when the church is racially isolated or assumes White normative culture or bias, those that are not White are alienated Said another way, if we as individuals have a view of the person we are identifying within a situation and we default to identifying with the White people in the story, but we do not include identifying with non White people in the story, then we have drawn a line about who we have included as children of God and who we have not.The tragedy of the Color of Compromise is not just that slavery or Jim Crow happened and that at the church was mostly on the wrong side The tragedy of the Color of Compromise is that because slavery and Jim Crow happened, and minority Christians were largely pushed out Separate White and non White churches arose, leaving a relational break, which led to a cultural separation, which has resulted in a modern lack of empathy and a lack of awareness among much of the White church that there even is a problem.The church as a whole is no longer fighting about whether slavery is biblical there is still some discussion on these questions, but not much The church as a whole has not however, adequately grappled with how patterns of history have led to the continued separation that today has resulted in a compromised church that is unable to address racism squarely.The same review is on my blog at Wow This has to be one of if not THE most important books on race and racism I have ever read It is a historical survey of how the American church in general, especially white Christians, have largely not only failed to oppose racism but have also been culpable in creating it and preserving it While mostly just telling the truth, it has a bit of a prophetic voice as well, especially towards the end The author, Jemar Tisby, is a Christian leader and speaker and PhD candidate for U.S History He also is the President of The Witness A Black Christian Collective, and his podcast Pass the Mic has been very helpful for me and other friends in understanding the intersection of Christianity, current events, and the black experience As he said in the book, Jemar loves the Church, but has done the hard work of research to speak the truth in love about the history of Christian complicity with racism in America As he reveals in the book though, for much of the past 400 years of our history, the church in America has been at best complicit allowing racial injustices to prevail and at worst far too often, creating structures, policies, and even theologies that conserve racism While he admits that there is so much to cover about the mistreatment and dehumanizing injustices against many ethnic groups by white people as a people, he specifically focuses on the legacy of racial injustice by white people against black people in America.Two main points he wants every reader to know from this book is that 1 White complicity is not a factor of melanin but a factor of power2 It didn t have to be this way Intentional choices were made to create or allow the racial injustices that have happened, including the ones that prevail today, which means it is possible to undo them.The book covers every major period of history from the earliest days of European colonization of North America all the way to the current times while Trump is president There are almost 400 footnotes in this book, most of them unique, so I know that conservatively Jemar must have read dozens of books maybe a lot , not to mention interviews, articles, etc to compile all the most pertinent information in one book This is so worth your read not only because of the content, but because of Jemar has connected the dots through so much reading and research that most would surely never be able to or choose to do I found this book to be extremely well researched and informative, incredibly disturbing and gut wrenching at times especially the conditions of slave ships and the brutality of lynching, which wasn t only hanging , very surprising and angering in how deep the complicity goes, and practical and somewhat hopeful towards the end, with realistic anti racist actionable ideas.I ve read several books this past year on race, and the past 4 years I ve been trying to learn and understand as much as I can on racism in the past and present, how Christians have gotten it wrong in the past, and how the church can move forward in repairing what has been broken, but there was SO much in here I didn t know For instance I assumed that most slavery era christians were abolitionists not true I assumed abolitionists all believed in and wanted the equal treatment and social standing for black Americans also not true, even Lincoln I knew there was inadequate Christian support of MLK and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but I didn t know how precious few Christians publicly aligned themselves with the struggle for black freedom in the 1950s and 1960s I didn t know the extent to which segregation for fear of black men getting with white women and having babies motivated the start of private Christian schoolsI think some of the most surprising and complex content was about the last century, including the rise of the Religious Right and the Moral Majority which were segregationist in their motivations , racism becoming covert through overwhelming white evangelical support of law and order , the roots of theological doctrines in Christianity that made excuses for not actively opposing racial injustice, and the White Evangelical Cultural Toolkit which explains how Christians from different racial backgrounds can have such different views on contemporary racial and political problems This toolkit includes terms such as accountable individualism, relationalism, and antistructurism he defines them These were already covered in the book Divided By Faith, which was published in the year 2000 why that book didn t get attention and impact in white evangelical circles, I have no idea I do wish there was a bit covered on Christians and race in the past 10 20 years, but this is a survey after all and he could only cover so much in such a broad time span.One thing that became even clear from this book is that both consciously, actively racist people and non racist people who doesn t oppose the status quo are motivated by the same thing Though the many stories and facts, this book show that both racist and non racist value their own power, comfort, and convenience above equality, justice, and shared power for those who are different and possibly far away from them Self proclaimed colorblind, non racist people do nothing to oppose the status quo, and that is the definition of complicity The call is to actively be antiracist and to rock the boat This book is a needed wake up call for how too many Christians even our leaders are woefully under aware of not only the history of racism and Christian complicity or support of it, but also how bad things are today At the same time, it is a wake up call for the many of us who do know they need to take antiracist action and speak truth to power even and especially within different parts of the church , but are too fearful of the backlash, loss of support, getting it wrong, or threats and divisiveness it might cause The last chapter gave many suggestions for action steps in the main 3 main areas of Awareness, Relationships, and Commitment to action ARC For instance, he mentions reparations and how it might be actually implemented civically and ecclesiastically Another of his ideas I liked best was to resurrect something like the Freedom Schools of the 1960s in which people attend a class about the history and current realities of racial injustice and best practices and organizations to partner with, in addition to Pilgrimages, which are experiences that are very effective for engaging and moving participants emotionally as well as intellectually I know that Lisa Sharon Harper puts on racial justice pilgrimages freedomroad.us and something kind of like a Freedom School that I m aware of is a race, power and privilege intensive I m connected to called Lenses lensesinstitute.com.Overall, Jemar does a fantastic job connecting the dots between the past and the present, as well as paving a road of progress ahead, but he calls us, in the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., to the Fierce Urgency of Now Racial injustice is much worse today than most realize, and in words of Divided by Faith author Michael Emerson, the 2016 election was the single most harmful event to the whole movement of reconciliation in at least the past 30 years It s about to completely break apart The witness and faithfulness of the church in America is at stake if we fail to adequately grapple with our history of complicity and the barriers that keep us from opposing racial injustice in all forms Just as in MLK s days, the biggest indictment is not on the overtly racist white supremacists as disturbing as they are , but on the Christians who either can t be bothered at all, are in denial of how bad the black community and their allies say things are, or resist anything faster than glacial speed in change Let s cancel compromise together, starting with making this among the most read Christian books of 2019 In exchange for an honest review, I received an advance copy and am eagerly awaiting its final release on January 22nd I highly recommend preordering, reading, and promoting this book. A very painful and important read. This is perhaps one of the most accessible, clear, and gentle book you might read about the history of, and acceptance of, white supremacy and black abasement of the American nation and in the American church Tisby is an historian and does not shave meaning or impact by using soft words When you read this, you understand what he is saying, directly racism in the American church was, and is, a deliberate choice Nothing that has happened so far had to happen But the good news is that our American nation and our American church can be changed by the actions of interested and committed people I would expect that some people might feel this book is personally distasteful or even animated against them We are good people Why do we get told that we re racist Tisby is not attacking He is describing, carefully, what it means to be American, to be Christian, and to be racist, and how the third leg of this stool does not need to remain unchanged It is possible to be American and Christian AND to be committed to social justice and racial equality.I imagine it might be hard to read for some people and I m one of those people It is never fun to look into the mirror and see the flaws But, it is delightful to see the flaws and then to see ways to remove those flaws and become just, fair, equal, and loving Pick this up, and spend some time reading.