“The tale of race in the U.S. does not involve two parties, equally flawed and equally aggrieved. White mythology obscures racial reality: racial inequality persists because white people want it to. This is our country’s most true story.
The church cannot aspire to neutrality. Rather than mediating between two sides, the church ought to take the side of those who struggle against white supremacy most boldly. But the church cannot do this until it learns to prefer the racial chaos that looks like violence to the white supremacist violence that passes for peace.” Katie Grimes, thank you for this excellent article…right on target!
Human beings are storytellers. We are formed by stories, and stories are always constructed but only sometimes true. In storytelling, framing matters: we must decide where to begin the story, from whose perspective to tell it, which details to include and which to omit. The way we choose to tell a story shapes the sense we make. Whole worlds rise and fall on the backs of stories.
White supremacy survives in part by stories. White people recite a set of shared storylines, accented by common narrative tropes, animated by the same cast of characters. White people do not need to know each other to know each other’s stories. We know white people by the stories they tell.
In recent weeks, many white people have relied on these stories to make sense of and defend themselves against the events in Ferguson and New York. Above all, these stories of white supremacy…
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