Racial reconciliation has already happened on the cross. Jesus Christ has reconciled Jews to Gentiles, Black people to White people, all people together for God. We simply need to believe it and live like it.
The racial reconciliation movement within the church is supposedly intended to reconcile White people to Black people. It’s apparently designed to rebuke racism within the Church and culture. But it’s doing the exact opposite.
It’s ironic, though predictable, that the racial reconciliation movement is actually fostering racial hatred, not racial harmony. If the racial reconciliation movement is designed to produce unity, why are so many of its leaders divisive?
By now, you’re probably familiar with the fallout from Sparrow Women’s conference. The controversy surrounding that event is actually a good illustration of what the racial reconciliation movement is really producing within the Church.
The Sparrow Conference was intended for racial reconciliation. In fact, the organization’s entire mission is social justice and racial reconciliation. However, last week, one of the conference’s speakers—Ekemini Uwan—called the entire organization racist.
Ekemini Uwan is the co-host of the Truth Table’s Podcast, and she’s written articles for The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Huffington Post Black Voices, and Christianity Today.
The fallout from the Sparrow Conference stems from Ekemini’s words during an onstage interview when she said:
So then when we talk about white identity, then we have to talk about what whiteness is. Well, the reality is that whiteness is rooted in plunder, in theft, in slavery, in enslavement of Africans, genocide of Native Americans…It’s a power structure, that is what whiteness is, and so that the thing for white women to do is you have to divest from whiteness because what happened was that your ancestors actually made a deliberate choice to rid themselves of their ethnic identity and by doing so they actually stripped Africans in America of their ethnic identity…Because we have to understand something–whiteness is wicked. It is wicked. It’s rooted in violence, it’s rooted in theft, it’s rooted in plunder, it’s rooted in power, in privilege.
People chose whiteness–they chose a man to be elected in office who is all about whiteness…So there’s real political consequences in here, so you have to divest from whiteness, you have to divest from patriarchy, white women specifically–because over 50% of you all voted for Trump and you got to ask yourself why.