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The Myth of Equality Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege Is privilege real or imagined Ken Wytsma founder of The Justice Conference unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today s race related issues And he helps us come to a de

  • Title: The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege
  • Author: Ken Wytsma
  • ISBN: 9780830844821
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege By Ken Wytsma, Is privilege real or imagined Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today s race related issues And he helps us come to a deeper understanding both of the origins of these issues and of the reconciling role we are called to play as ministers of the gospel.

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    1. I was born in the heart of the South Birmingham, Alabama , only twenty three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr in a hospital just blocks from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where four African American girls were killed in a bombing Race has permeated my memory Yet for years, I have puzzled over how anyone who calls themselves a follower of Christ can view anyone as inferior or as an other when we are all made in the image of God and are told that for God so loved the wo [...]

    2. Recently a friend and mentor, who is a person of color, posted on social media of a recent invitation he had to explain white privilege To white people My friend is a justice advocate, an activist, and well known Christian leader He declined the invitation to write about something he doesn t have He decided instead to spend his creative energy supporting leaders of color instead of educating us white folk.But Ken Wytsma, on the other hand, is uniquely gifted and qualified to describe white privi [...]

    3. Starting a conversation about race is difficult, especially when you are in the context of the white evangelical church This book gives us the tools needed to begin that conversation by diving into the history of race in America and bringing to light not only WHAT is going on, but WHY we should care I would call this a must read for anyone who identifies as a Christian in America All royalties go to helping publish leaders of color through the new Voices Publishing initiative with The Voices Pro [...]

    4. Perfect recap from another reviewer This book has so many compelling points, like the need not to merely do acts of justice, but to become just Or the idea that people might think they re following the golden rule Do unto others as you would have them do unto you when really they re following the silver rule Don t do to others what you wouldn t have them do to you The silver rule is passive The golden rule requires action.

    5. Moving it to the top of my list of must reads My desire in looking at our racial past isn t to push American down but to help us know our medical history, as it were, so we can better prescribe the kinds of attitudes and behaviors that might help us repent, turn from our sin, and find reconciliation Implicit bias is the missing part of the conversation among people who don t think they are racist and who don t want to be racist Often, it seems, we are less concerned with equality and justice tha [...]

    6. Reading through this book the past few weeks, I ve found myself thinking of it often throughout the day after I ve put it down, and I want to talk with others in my community and my church about the ideas the author discusses Conversations about race within the church can be so fraught with tension, and at the same time within the white evangelical community which I belong to they re often oversimplified Race, equality, and privilege is such a complicated topic, and I want to be a part of a mov [...]

    7. Summary A white pastor explores the reality of white privilege from the perspectives of both American history and the gospel of the kingdom and how white Christians might pursue justice.We all like to believe the best about ourselves.Most of us want to believe we are a society where everyone is equal Most of us would like to believe racism and racial injustices are a thing of the past And most of us, if we are white, squirm a bit when we hear the phrase white privilege I can imagine some who are [...]

    8. I read this in a few days I have rarely been so impressed by a book that deals with race and inequality, and I ve never read anything that addressed the issue of white supremacy in a non Neo Nazi way I grew up in the Midwest, not as a racist at all, but I never considered the issue of opportunity and supremacy merely because I was born into a middle class white family This perspective changes everything There were stigmas attached to Native Americans and Mexican migrant workers, so I see how all [...]

    9. Pleasantly surprised Ken Wytsma, a white guy, gets it If you ve read Coates, Alexander, Barber and the like, part of this will be a review for you Otherwise, for those of us who grew up believing issues of race didn t have anything to do with us, it s a primer.

    10. Short Review This is is a book well worth reading It opens with an excellent summary of history and review of the issues that have perpetuated and encouraged racism and inequality in the US Then it moves to theology and diagnoses the problem as an overly individualistic understanding of our faith and a rejection of justice in this world as an important feature to our faith He ends with a discussion of privilege and practical steps of how we can help resolve relationship, minimize our own racist [...]

    11. I wish I could give this book stars I ll have to settle for writing the only review I ve ever written on here READ THIS BOOK Be challenged to examine your privilege and do something about it If discussions of privilege scare or offend you, then I say again READ THIS BOOK If it doesn t scare you, but you feel uninformed and don t know where to start learning READ THIS BOOK I already want to read it again.

    12. Raw and poignant EXCELLENT READ for Christians who need to be woke, and also for Christians who need to be encouraged as we claw our way through the masses of fellow believers who still won t admit that racial inequality is real, or if they do recognize it, still sit around in apathy believing that Jesus has got it covered I wish I could hug Ken Wytsma and tell him thank you for writing this.

    13. This is going to be one of my go to books for christians that are working through racial issues for the first time It s a great introduction to a bunch of terms and points to longer works that explain it in depth All while keeping the Gospel primary.

    14. This book is truly thought provoking and call us into action for justice I believe it is a must read

    15. Love, love, loved this one even when it hurt to read or made me cry or made me angry at how real and rampant injustice is Grateful for the ways it opened my eyes to of my own privilege and what I can do about it, of the division in our country and how it has formed, of how other people are experiencing very different things because of their race, and about how we can actually work to bring about change and true freedom and healing for all people This one was challenging, convicting, powerful [...]

    16. So Is privilege in the United States real, or is it something that people imagine, for any number of reasons Author Ken Wytsma takes a look at this issue in The Myth of Equality Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege.In my book reviews, I normally don t make a big point of the author s race or gender Nevertheless, I ll note that this book, which is directed toward a Christian audience, was written by a white man And, yes, a lot of people especially white people should read it It s impor [...]

    17. A reasonable but thorough examination by an Evangelical into the challenges of racial inequality in America.The author, who is white, starts off with his own story and the normal read white American experience He then speaks to the history of racism and oppression in America, including slavery, the post Reconstruction South, and even regarding redlining and other such forms of discrimination whose effects remain to this day He then turns to Christianity and speaks regarding the comfort of privil [...]

    18. A well researched, thoughtful, passionate, and compassionate explanation of the insidious aspects of racism and inequality in our cultural climate And all this from a relatively conservative, White, evangelical perspective, no less.Particularly for those who are not familiar with the work of people like Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Ta Nehisi Coates, Michael Eric Dyson, et al this is going to be one of the better books you could put in their hands Wystma steps carefully through the histo [...]

    19. We live in strange times There is both conversation about the problem of white privilege and claims that white men are being discriminated against Which is it When the Black Lives Matter movement emerged after the shooting of Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer, many White Americans responded with All Lives Matter This response, while sounding egalitarian, failed to recognize that in our country the powers and principalities have valued white lives than black and brown lives The cu [...]

    20. This book was given to me by my parents as the author is their pastor at Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon The pastor was asked by Intervarsity Press to write a book on race in America from a white perspective.Wytsma lays out the central thesis to his book The Myth of Equality Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege on page 6 A misunderstanding of the gospel leads to a false dichotomy we prioritize the spiritual and personal aspects of faith and devalue or nullify the material and communal [...]

    21. Ken Wytsma writes about uncovering the roots of injustice and privilege in The Myth of Equality A recent study done by the Barna Group observes that 95% of evangelicals believe the church plays a critical role in racial reconciliation, a percentage certainly higher than the national average Yet, at the same time, evangelicals rank lower than the national average when it comes to recognizing the needs and struggles of people of color.Wytsma writes, These findings reveal that those who believe the [...]

    22. For some time, I have been looking for a book which I can recommend to my coworkers at a white evangelical church , friends and family to introduce them to the issues of racism in America I ve been looking for a book that gives the facts, that calls out the complicity of my ignorance, that suggests concrete and godly responses without trying to find the good or bad in one political stance or another I ve been looking for a book that addresses race as a Gospel issue and that convicts me without l [...]

    23. This is a book I would have wanted to write I have been spending considerable time this year studying the history of race in our country as I no longer feel comfortable with what I thought I always knew about race, which was a little above nothing, but acted as if I was an expert on the matter Growing up in a white suburban neighborhood, having mainly white friends, attending white churches, I certainly viewed the world through my white lens The book nor this post is to demean those of us that a [...]

    24. This is a must read for any white American Christian, or just any white American I grew up color blind in the 1980s 90s in the PNW, and ignorant on race issues This book was a great intro to where our country is at with race relations currently, and the systemic injustices in our history that helped get us here Part 1 of the book is a great overview of the history of race and privilege in America Part 2 borrowed a lot from Ken s first book Pursuing Justice, and is always a great discussion on ju [...]

    25. To be good at justice means we realize we are both a part of the solution and part of the problem Our actions complicate as well as fix the problems we see, which means a whole lot of brokenness in this world results either from us or from systems we are complicit in or benefit from There is much to be owned and repented of A book for it s time As a Christian, we must see racism as a gospel issue To deny racism is to deny the gospel To put a we vs them is to deny the gospel To say things are muc [...]

    26. Every White Evangelical Christian adult in America should read this book.Ken Wytsma leaves little out in discussing the history of racism and racial injustice in America Responsibility lies at the feet of governments, businesses, and the church, but also individual White Americans Surveying Scripture and Shakespeare and other sources in between, Wytsma concludes that color based racism arose in and because of efforts to colonize Africa and the Americas.Racism became the law of the land in the Un [...]

    27. Ken Wytsma writes, shaming is not the same as truth telling When he looks at the history of America, in his unvarnished glory, he sees both virtues and faults, and he writes this book with white evangelical Christians in mind He writes respectfully, asking his readers to reflect on why one flinches at phrases such as white privilege , white supremacy , or even against movements like Black Lives Matter He examines the history of the United States post Civil War, and reveals some very uncomfortabl [...]

    28. The thesis compares inequality, privilege, and responsibility in the United States from an evangelist point of view Author Wystma begins with a look at colonialism and settlement of the United States As he gets into the Civil War and migration of minorities north and westward, he brings up the conflict between theories on why the Civil War started Some believe it was over slavery and others over states rights It highlighted the contrast between one pastor s defenses of slavery based on the bible [...]

    29. Wytsma takes the reader on a journey through the history of the country s racial divide beginning at the founding of the nation, moving through Reconstruction and Jim Crow, and finishing with the social structures that promote privilege today.As the book progresses, Wytsma uses Scripture to show how racism whether personal or systemic is anathema to the Christian message encapsulated in Galatians 3 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you [...]

    30. Racism and privilege are thorny subjects that many white people myself included are uncomfortable discussing But if we genuinely want to heal our country, discuss them we must Books like this one are vital to fostering honest dialogue, especially for Christians who have a biblical mandate to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God There are many wonderful books by people of color we can read, and I plan to get them as well But Ken Wytsma, a whitepastor speaker, tackles the subject h [...]

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