Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 126

BOOK REVIEWS apologies and begin taking responsibility in word and action. This action is not out of pity or paternalism but out of justice. When something is stolen, it should be given back. Harvey’s historical contextualization for the racialization of Blacks and whites on this land base is persuasive. Because “whiteness” was constructed within a particular history of domination, exploitation, and violence, understanding white privilege and supremacy stands as a central task for whites in order to reenvision a road to the possibility of reconciliation. And, because of the great suffering that Black Christians have endured, we cannot see whites and Blacks as under the same obligations. Whites have a particular response for which they are responsible. Requiring that Black Christians engage in reconciliation when the offenders have not taken the appropriate responsibility is, in itself, unjust. It should be pointed out that Harvey is not opposed to reconciliation. Reconciliation is still an appropriate long-term goal. However, if we focus on reconciliation too much before making reparations, reconciliation can become a mechanism of further oppression. For instance, Harvey notes that Black Christians have historically started their own churches or moved out of predominantly white churches so that they did not have to stand the racist rhetoric and behavior of white churchgoers. Reconciliation attempts, however, have often consisted in a one-way movement of Black families into predominantly white churches and not the other way around. This has often resulted in Black Christians becoming subject, once again, to injury and an expectation to conform to white norms for worship. While Harvey’s arguments are, in my opinion, persuasive and cohesive, there are some shortcomings to Dear White Christians. I will betray my own faith heritage when I convey that I perceived there was limited use of explicit biblical material on which her arguments were built. There are plenty of biblical passages and principles that I believe support her arguments; however, I found myself disappointed that Harvey did not often draw attention to more of them. In addition to t 2Ǘ62'fWW'6VbG0WB7&F662FBFW'2vWfVBW"v&R7V67&F662FB6PV6W2&6vFR&VF62BFRWV6RbFW"'FB&6&VF62FBVVBF&R&W&VBB2FW"7&VFBFB6P6vVFvW2F2Ɩ֗FFBW&f&2W"v&FB&VfWfR7&BgW'FW&&RW"FVfV6R6R6vVFvW2FV"vFR6&7F2FPVVBf"'F7V"7G&FVvW2f"&W&F2'vFR6&7F2&W76PFFRG&6FW2FBFfRVR7VffW&VBBFRG2bW&6Ɨ7BvFR6WGFW'2#P