Reconciliation Replay (June 27, 2013)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

EXPOSE and BE EXPOSED: “The Rocky Road” by Christiana

“Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’?...Read more

RESPOND to racism: “Racism and Interracial Commercials” by Natasha S. Robinson

"The negative responses to this Cheerios commercial are reflections of the racism that is still prevalent in our society. It is easy to downplay this by saying, “Well, it’s only a reflection of a few people. Let’s not overact,” or to pretend like racism is not a problem in our country until we are again confronted with an issue like this one.

The problem with these passive positions is that many minorities who live in this country don’t have the luxury of pretending that racism does not exist...Read more"

CONSIDER: “The Multiethnic Church Deepens the Meaning of our Heavenly Adoption” by Robyn Afrik.

"As an International/Transracial Korean adoptee living in the United States and raised by a predominately white Midwest Dutch Christian community, I know when I pass by the mirror, I reflect a heritage and skin color not quite matching that of my church walls, the church pastor or even the people that raised me..Read more"

ASSUME responsibility for your privilege: “My Advantage” by Abby Fahmi

"There is nothing I can do to change the color of my skin, or the fact that people will give me the benefit of the doubt because of it. But I can change the way I react to people who don’t have the same, and I can even use my privilege for good to change the attitudes of other people who abuse their privilege...Read more"

DON’T BE FOOLED by the public response to Paula Deen’s comments: "Why Highlighting Paula Deen’s Offensive Words Are Part of the 21st Century’s Sophisticated Racial System" by Drew Hart

"I am not going to debate, argue, or defend Paula Deen, that would be absurd. I am not even suggesting that we consider her comments and perspectives something other than racist, because that is exactly what they are. All I am suggesting is that the outrage and scapegoating of Paula Deen is a sophisticated cultural reflux of a highly racialized society that doesn’t want to own up to how racism works systemically...Read more"

EXAMINE structural racism: “A Tale of Two Schools” by Marianne Modica

"I was at a dinner a few weeks ago when I got into a conversation with some folks about racism. That happens a lot when I tell people about my dissertation research. When I mentioned my findings (which confirm many others) that some white high school students think about racism as individual prejudice only, believe that it is largely a thing of the past, and don’t want to discuss it in school…Read more"

DO JUSTICE for the elderly: “The Elderly Isolation Crisis and what to do about it” by James Mumford

"Around 370,000 over 75s spend 'zero hours' with other people on a typical day. Statistics backed up earlier this year by the Office for National Statistics estimates that half of over 80s feel lonely some or much of the time...Read more"