White Power, White Privilege, White Nationalism - What About White Christianity?
We've heard of white power, white privilege and white nationalism. What about "white Christianity."
I stumbled across a great website by Erna Kim Hackett, a Korean-American sometimes Christian pastor who left the church and now finds herself at the "junction of Christianity and social justice."
As a contentedly lapsed Christian I still find it refreshing to read her essays. Especially on today, Sunday.
White Christianity is discussed in Chuck Thompson's "Better Off Without'Em." The author looks at the role of megachurches in perpetuating segregation in the southern states. These churches are racially divided. Most are for whites. Blacks have their own.
Whites, says Thompson, flock to white mega-churches. The church also operates elementary and secondary schools for its members. White southerners often go to white megachurches and their white kids wind up in white church schools. Problems solved.
It's difficult to imagine that a Christian church today could facilitate segregation but they do.