I, Racist
John Metta

John…very challenging article. I read it at least three times doing my best to enter into the heart of the issue. I grew up in the 60's in Detroit…I experienced blatant racism in my family and in the inherent systemic issues that plagued our nation and community. I completely understand the differentiation between individualism and community and it has been my experience that affirms your exegesis of the “I vs. we” understanding of the issue. As a white guy who loves people and loves to follow Jesus my questions continue to be: what next? You see, the solutions I have heard are as individualistic as the problems that we are facing with racism. What are important systemic steps to take that people, like me, who want to put direct effort into the redemption of our collective people…what can we do? I’d love to hear your opinion…and yes, I’ve not only personally experienced the truth of your words but also the ecclesiastical reality of what you communicated. In my denomination…well, I don’t even want to go there. It is so steeped in Eurocentricity it is maddening. Anyway, I’d love to hear more from you!

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