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To paraphrase McFague’s assertion, this work is undertaken in the belief that white Christians have a particular necessity to prioritize looking critically at how white theologies have helped to produce white racist practice—historically and in the present. Another task, as McFague notes, is to listen “to the voices and experiences of suffering”: in this case, the voices and experiences of people of color, as well as white people who understand how racism creates suffering for us all, in different ways. I would argue that—as we come to understand how white Christian theologies have helped to create and maintain racist oppression and white privilege—offering words of hope and healing is not an adequate response. We need to drive our new understandings forward into concrete, material practices that transform ourselves, our institutions, and our societal systems. This work focuses on how white Christians can engage in anti-racist transformation, through ethical processes that construct solidarity: relationships of accountable mutuality through which the Holy Spirit can work.
KeywordsWhite People Social Location Veto Power White Skin White Privilege
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