Why do white people have a hard time talking about race?

Why do white people have a hard time talking about race?

Week Two

This is part of a six week series to begin learning about race in America.

As we dive into our second week of learning, we will be studying how our culture can make it hard to talk about race. Sometimes white people feel guilty when learning more about their position in the U.S. It’s important to remember that guilt and shame are not from God. They’re tools from the enemy to get us to shut down or hide. As we all learn, there is no reason to hide. We rest in God’s grace, and I encourage you to drop any feelings of guilt or shame at the feet of Jesus where they belong.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2

Materials to read/watch

BONUS: Logical Fallacies to Avoid (Facebook Post, 2 min)

Reflection Questions

  1. What did you think about this week’s article? Did you see a connection between this week’s article and the backfire effect we talked about last week?
  2. What stresses you out when talking about race? 
  3. Of the reasons white people can have a hard time talking about race, which stood out to you the most or did you find the most interesting?
  4. How would you define white privilege after watching the TEDx video?

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