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Racism has reared its ugly head in the last few weeks. I was recently in Atlanta, and when people found out I was from Virginia, they wanted to talk about the events in Charlottesville.
The sin of racism is hanging over our heads.
These are conversations that we need to be having. In airports. At conferences. In Ubers.
Especially in the church.
Franklin McCallie grew up in the segregated South. He was taught that as a white person, he was better than any black person. Now, in his 70’s, McCallie shares how he was able to shed racism.
Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race – and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us, Benjamin Watson with Ken Petersen, Tyndale Momentum, 2015.
“What is under our skin, and under the skin problem in America, is a spiritual problem. Every time we point at someone else or an entire race—reducing them to a single story, diminishing them by stereotypes and assumptions—we overlook our own failure.” (Benjamin Watson)
After the deaths of young men like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the issue of race in America has resurfaced. Arguably, it has never gone away. Yet with new voices like Bree Newcomb and the Black Lives Matter movement, we are being reminded that racism has not been buried.
Among the many books that have come out since the events in Ferguson, Benjamin Watson’s Under Our Skin seeks to address these contentious issues from a spiritual perspective. What started out as a Facebook status, wrestling with the events in the aftermath of Brown’s death, Watson’s first book uses that Facebook post as a springboard to further explore his thoughts, feelings, and wrestlings with race in America.