Our lives together are indelibly marked by race. The complicated interconnections of belonging and exclusion, foods and music, practices and hopes, and simple ways of being in the world are not easily untangled from our claims of who Christ is for us and for the world. Because of this, the question of race is not merely about practices or acts that should be eliminated. The question of race for Christians is about the shape of our lives together and what might prevent us from binding ourselves to one another in ways that produce a real disruption to the racial imagination and its oppressive systems in the modern world.
Brian Bantum, “Why Christians Can’t Be Post-Racial: Christian Existence in the Murky Waters of Race and Place,” The Other Journal (August 17, 2009).
[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]