The Death of Race

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From Brian Bantum’s The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World: “If we are to live, race must die. But I do not mean an antiquated description of skin or hair. To say that race must die is to say we must refuse the lie that we can exist freely while others struggle to be seen as human, with possibilities and gifts and beauty. I do not mean we cease to claim names of black or white or Korean. For my children these are all aspects of who they are, their story. To say that race must die is to refuse the lie that my life with God can be whole while other people’s futures are foreclosed. To say that race must die is to actualize your gifts, your vocation, your voice, and your body for the freedom of those in your job, your community, and your school and to work fervently to ensure that their lives might be imbued with hope.’

Roger

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