America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America

by Jim Wallis. Brazos Press, 2016.
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By the age of 15, Jim Wallis was regularly traveling from his suburban Detroit home to jobs and, increasingly, friendships in the city. There he discovered that the privileged world he grew up in was experienced very differently by his black friends. For a thoughtful white youth in the 1960’s this was a world-shattering revelation. Some 50 years later, the Evangelical Christian and founder of Sojourners brings history, current events, and the resources of faith together in a compelling and well-researched call to repentance. Addressing white Christians specifically, he analyzes the state of racism in America and offers a guide to change. Key insights include acknowledging white privilege, and that whites need to seek out persons of color in order to learn from them. Listen carefully, he counsels. Empathize. There is no study guide, but the skilled facilitator can improvise. Footnotes throughout lead to a treasure-trove of further resources.

Curator Curated by Marie F. Fleming

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