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Re: “White Christianity is part of the problem

Jeremy, You have spoken the truth but reading the comments I can see you've only scraped off the white veneer to reveal the lily white primer coat of people so self-satisfied that they don't really understand what it is you are trying to say. One of the respondents above suggested you use Google. Apparently they are so self absorbed they don't realize you can't "google" racism, slavery, or white supremacy and actually get what it feels like-- on the receiving end.

Before I was born in the "white section" of the Orangeburg County Hospital [in the 1950s] my great-grandmother told my father he should have nothing to do with Jews because they were the "Christ Killers". My great-grandfather was a retired VA doctor who became a Southern Baptist deacon. At the age of five I remember the 20 foot fences around Bob Jones University in Greenville with "armed student patrols" to keep them ------ out and the "Chain gangs" of men, mostly black, locked in heavy chains wearing striped uniforms while they built roads and cleared ditches with only shovels and rakes.

These things led my parents away from South Carolina and it eventually led me away from Christianity. My folks never really lost their ingrained racism even though they "escaped" to California. I recall my mother calling MLK a "womanizing communist"... Yet the teaching of Jesus [and of the Prophets] was at least in part based upon redistributing wealth and the care of the stranger.

I bought into the "White" exceptionalism until I fell from grace-- down into a place of darkness where "lilly white" Christianity rejected me. I found I had no need for a teaching which so prided itself on how good it was and how evil the sinners are [read "sinners" as: foreigners, the prisoner, the poor, the orphan, the "different", the handicapped, or the old]. I had wandered for 40 years in the desert and finally I was alone in the darkness with no where to go but some place different.

It took me 20 years before I converted to Judaism here in Charleston. Of course I discovered that my relatives here in the Charleston area still believe that Jews are "Christ Killers". Yet the Torah [the one that Jesus read and the one still read today] calls us to help the stranger, the prisoner, the poor, the orphan, the 'different', the handicapped, or the old "for we were strangers in the land of Egypt."

I don't think most of the respondents above "get it" because they've never known poverty or the chains of the prisoner or been a stranger in a strange land. All they've ever known is their "exceptional heritage". I know quite well that when someone uses the word "Heritage" they are in fact defending "white privilege".

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Posted by JoeCro on September 5, 2017 at 6:35 PM
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