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The Myth of Equality
Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege
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2017 Foreword INDIES Book Award Honorable Mention Publishers Weekly's Five Best Religion Titles of 2017 Is privilege real or imagined? It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the...
2017 Foreword INDIES Book Award Honorable Mention Publishers Weekly's Five Best Religion Titles of 2017 Is privilege real or imagined? It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the...
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  • 2017 Foreword INDIES Book Award Honorable Mention Publishers Weekly's Five Best Religion Titles of 2017 Is privilege real or imagined? It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation's consciousness. Every week yet another incident involving racial tension splashes across headlines and dominates our news feeds. But it's not easy to unpack the origins of these tensions, and perhaps we wonder whether any of these issues really has anything to do with us. Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference, understands these questions. He has gone through his own journey of understanding the underpinnings of inequality and privilege. In this timely, insightful book Wytsma 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 of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role we are called to play as witnesses of the gospel. This expanded edition includes a new afterword with further reflections on race and privilege in today's cultural context

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  • Ken Wytsma is the lead pastor of Village Church in Beaverton, Oregon. He is also the founder of The Justice Conference and Kilns College. His books include Pursuing Justice, The Grand Paradox, Create vs. Copy, and Redeeming How We Talk. Royalties from this book will help publish books by authors of color.

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  • Introduction Part I: The Story of Race 1. America's White Standard: A Nation of (European) Immigrants 2. When the World Became Racist: Color in the Western Tradition 3. Stolen Labor 4. How Our Cities Got Their Shape: The Great Migration, Redlining, and the Roots of Modern Segregation Part II: Equality and The Kingdom of God 5. The Aristocratic Itch 6. Does Justice Belong in Our Gospel Conversation? 7. The Salvation Industrial Complex 8. A Short Look at American Individualism Part III: The Challenge of Privilege 9. When Racism Went Underground: Implicit Racial Bias and the Stories That Hide Within Us 10. The Voice of Justice 11. Finding Ourselves in the Other Conclusion Afterword: We Become the Stories We Tell Acknowledgments Appendix: Recommended Reading Notes Index

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 10, 2017
    Wytsma (Pursuing Justice), lead pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, Ore., and president of Kilns College, has a gift for persuasive argument, well displayed in his deployment of history, biblical theology, and current affairs to demonstrate the subtle and unsubtle ways that white dominance shapes American culture and conversations about race. He does so from the perspective of a passionately committed evangelical Christian calling prophetically for justice for those who have been consistently disadvantaged by a system and culture built on what “a white normative standard” that shapes perceptions and judgments. Wytsma makes his points without accusation, the better to address an audience of white readers who may be unaccustomed to looking beneath the surface of attitudes about race or unaware of the history of Jim Crow laws and other forces that drove racial segregation. He is especially good at giving a quick tour of the post-Reconstruction history of race. Slavery was formally ended, but disenfranchisement, “Black Codes” in the South, redlining in housing, and other forms of social control perpetuated inequality. This book should be a wake-up call to Christian communities nationwide.

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