Tuesday Conversations, Episode 1 (VIDEO): White Supremacy and Christianity, with Jennifer Harvey

I sit down with Jennifer Harvey, Professor of Religion and author of NYT Best-seller, Raising White Kids.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Jennifer Harvey’s work. Jennifer is a professor of religion at Drake University and author of numerous books, including the New York Times best-seller, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Although I wrote a blurb for RWK and learned much from Dear White Christians, and although we are often in conversation on social media, we’ve never had the opportunity to have an actual conversation about race and religion—until last week. So here’s a big shout-out to Amplify Media, who invited us to (virtually) sit down together.

We cover a lot of ground here, including:

  • The suppressed history, illuminated in White Too Long, of support for white supremacy by white Christian denominations, churches, and leaders—not just among white evangelicals but also among white mainline Protestants and white Catholics.

  • How the recent fights over “critical race theory” are just the newest attempts by White Christian America to avoid facing this troubling, racist past.

  • Strategies for starting conversations about racial justice in local congregations.

  • Reasons for hope and examples of churches that are engaging in the work of truth-telling and repair.

Click below to listen in on the conversation.

There is a movement of the Spirit that we are experiencing around racial justice issues…. There is a great cloud of witnesses gathering, looking at white Christian churches and asking, “What now are you going to do?" (19:55 mark)

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