Reconciliation Replay (June 20, 2013)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

TALK about Cheerios and Race at your church: “Cheerios, the Church, and Diversity” by Jemar Tisby

"Some Christians maintain that we are “post-racial” or that race is irrelevant these days.  This is a false assumption and it slows down the solidarity we need to see, especially between Blacks and Whites.  When a brand as innocent and American as Cheerios creates a firestorm ignited by race, let’s admit the topic is still relevant and start talking about ways to move forward...Read more"

CONSIDER that white people need to self-differentiate too: “Identity in a White Default World” by Katelin Hansen

"As a group, white folk have access to better housing, better healthcare, better education, and better jobs than other races. Yet, when a white person is late to a meeting, burglarizes a house, or commits an act of terrorism, the deficiency is ascribed to that individual’s character rather than their group’s, largely without consequence for other members of the race...Read more"

BE ENCOURAGED by this family’s multicultural story of adoption and foster care: “Redefining Family” by Tony Bryant Kim

"I believe Korean American families have the perfect heritage and perspective to be great foster/adoption parents. As a culture, we understand what it means to struggle.  We have overcome major odds. We have left our homes to start new ones. We have learned how to adapt and embrace a new way of life. The immigrant story is the story of these kids. As Koreans, we can help them build that future...Read more"

LOOK OUT for cultural differences in goal focus as you collaborate with others: “Americans more likely than Japanese to focus on the goal rather than the process of actions: Study”  by Eric W. Dolan

"For Americans, riding a bike tended to be interpreted as getting exercise. For Japanese, riding a bike tended to be interpreted as pedaling. Americans were more focused on the goals, while Japanese were more focused on the process...Read more"

DISPEL the “model minority” myth: “Hmong, Indian, What’s the Difference?” by Jerry Park

"In our racialized society, we like our groups to be simple; we prefer to ignore the diverse realities within the groupings we create. By using “Asian American” as shorthand for “the successful minority” we mask major differences in the outcomes that presumably all Asian Americans share. Notably, our social programs often utilize this assumption and give next to nothing for vulnerable Asian Americans. This in turn makes Asian American inequalities invisible...Read more"

BUILD loving bridges: “8 ways those from more liberal-progressive and conservative-evangelical persuasions can better love each other” by Kathy Escobar

the world is watching.  those hanging on to their faith by a thread are watching. the future generations are watching. and  so far what we’re offering them are deep divides, angry answers on the internet, homogenous churches and ministries, fear, and disdain.  we’re either fighting or fleeing. i believe there’s a third way-a more mature way, a harder way, a better way...Read more

CHALLENGE racial structures: “Let the life you lead be your own” by Starlette McNeill

"While I understand that, as Americans, we will be socially color- coded black/ white/ red/ yellow/ brown/ beige and that we should be prepared for the subsequent perceptions, prejudices and stereotypes, I don’t hear anyone challenging the racialized view of human identity.  Instead, we accept it without explanation.  We live and see ourselves as we are told...Read more"

 CELEBRATE Juneteenth (June 19): "The Story of Juneteenth" by Kelly Brown Douglas

" While the “official” historical records marks   January 1, 1863 as a day of emancipation, the historical record for the descendants of enslaved men and women marks June 19, 1865 as the day of freedom. For, it was on this day that the last slaves were free... Read more"