“The United Church of Christ caused a stir when its social-media associate wrote a post for the church’s blog recently that listed “10 ways you can actively reject your white privilege.”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, was horrified that a mainline Protestant church would post something like that online.
“It’s wrong for the church to be doing this,” Peterson told WND. “I mean, the church, and this church in particular, has become a secular church. It’s not about God. It’s not about love. It’s not about salvation. It’s not about forgiveness and overcoming sin. It’s about hating white people and making them feel guilty.”
In addition to being a UCC social media associate, Marchae Grair, who authored the post, is the editor of New Sacred, the UCC blog at which she published her post. She began thus:
“White privilege. It’s the phrase bigots hate to hear and progressives love to denounce.
“If you are white and clicked on this blog, [you are] to be congratulated for naming your privilege, you can stop reading in a few characters.”
Naming your privilege is a good starting point, Grair explained, but it’s insufficient – white people, even guilty white liberals, must actively reject their white privilege so as to “dismantle white supremacy.” Grair addressed her list of “10 ways you can actively reject your white privilege” to her “anti-racism allies.”
After giving her white allies nine tips on how to be sensitive toward people of color, Grair’s 10th and final tip reads, “Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.”
She explained: “White people always benefit from institutionalized racism, no matter how anti-racist your ideologies may be. You can’t disconnect yourself completely from the racism from which you benefit, and recognizing that is a large step in rejecting white privilege.””
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