Thursday, August 29, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #32

The American curtain is color. Color. White men have used this word, this concept to justify unspeakable crimes and not only in the past, but in the present. One can measure very neatly the white American’s distance from his conscience – from himself – by observing the distance between white America and black America. One has only to ask oneself who established this distance, who is the distance designed to protect, and from what is this distance designed to offer protection?

James Baldwin, “White Man’s Guilt” (1965), in David Roediger, ed., Black on White: Black Writers on What is Means to Be White (New York: Shocken Books, 1998), 323.  

[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]

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