This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”. Matthew 22:36-40. At this moment in time, the great evil of racism is facing us directly, we can no longer avoid, we must confront it. However, the starting point of these conversations has proven to be fruitless when we rely on our own opinions and viewpoints.
3 Essential Responses to Racism. Post-Civil War until 1950, there were over 4,000 men, women, and children who were lynched in America. 4,000 fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters who were hung, burned, shot, beaten or drowned all because of the color of their of their skin. Yet the church stood silent.
Perhaps the most obvious 20 th century examples of explicit systemic racism are South African apartheid and the Jim Crow laws in the U.S. South. That being said, the Church recognizes that systemic racism also occurs through institutions and policies that do not explicitly refer to race yet are racist due to their effects.
In addressing racism and race relations, we must echo the words of a farmer/prophet many centuries ago: “Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy…. Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:15, 24).
Racism is a trending attitude that holds one’s own race as superior to others. And racism devastates most when the trending thought holds a specific other race as significantly inferior to one’s own. As we’ll see in a moment, these prejudices are more common, even in church, then we’d like to think they are.
Contribution to World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. Introduction. 1. In 1988, only slightly more than ten years ago, the Holy Father requested that the then Pontifical Commission "Iustitia et Pax" publish a detailed document entitled The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society ...
Before racial reconciliation can happen, says Jemar Tisby, American believers need to reckon honestly with the sins of the past. A t the climax of the 1992 classic A Few Good Men, Colonel Nathan ...