About White Too Long

Welcome to the White Too Long community, a space for those dedicated to the work of truth-telling, repair, and healing from the legacy of white supremacy in American Christianity.

The stack is hosted by me, Robert P. Jones. In my day job, I’m the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute. I’m also the author of two books that take up the themes discussed in this stack: White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity (2020), winner of a 2021 American Book Award, and The End of White Christian America (2016), winner of the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

The phrase “White Too Long” comes from a searing New York Times op-ed James Baldwin write in the months following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he saw the muted response coming from white Americans, and white Christians in particular.

I will flatly say that the bulk of this country’s white population impresses me, and has so impressed me for a very long time, as being beyond any conceivable hope of moral rehabilitation. They have been white, if I may so put it, too long; they have been married to the lie of white supremacy too long; the effect on their personalities, their lives, their grasp of reality, has been as devastating as the lava which so memorably immobilized the citizens of Pompeii. They are unable to conceive that their version of reality, which they want me to accept, is an insult to my history and a parody of theirs and an intolerable violation of myself.

These pages are intended to be a space for responding to this indictment honestly with an eye toward repentance and healing in Christian contexts.

White Too Long publishes weekly. What you’ll get each week:

  • Commentary on current events at the intersection of religion and racial justice (Fridays)

  • Conversations with other authors and thought leaders

You’ll also get the following along the way:

  • Previews of my work-in-progress

  • Invitations to occasional Zoom chats

  • Office hours: Ask Me Anything (AMA) threads

  • Book recommendations, special guest posts from authors

  • Reflections from speaking engagements and connections with congregations across the country.

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Robert P. Jones 
President and Founder, PRRI. Author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, winner of a 2021 American Book Award; and The End of White Christian America, winner of the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.