Jennifer Harvey on American Whiteness

“If the Church is to remain faithful to its Lord, it must make a decisive break with the structure of this society by launching a vehement attack on the evils of racism in all forms. It must become prophetic, demanding a radical change in the interlocking structures of this society,” wrote James Cone in his challenging ethic, “Black Theology and Black Power.”

Studying under James Cone, Jennifer Harvey desires to address the encounters of religion and ethics with race, gender, politics, justice and any other aspect of social life.

In Harvey’s new book, “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America,” the Drake University professor brilliantly composes a practically and profoundly deep theologically challenge to parents of white children.

She sat down with us to discuss the American culture, her work, and the landscape of systematic racism.

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Andy Hale leads Church Starts Initiative and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is a CBF church starter who serves as pastor of Mosaic of Clayton in Clayton, N.C. Follow on Twitter @haleandy