This is part of a six week series to begin learning about race in America.
The enemy wants to outwit us by causing division in any way possible. One way Satan has achieved great division is through racism—both interpersonal and structural. The sins of our forefathers are not our fault, but we must learn of racism’s effects today if we want to love well and remove sin that has been passed down in our families and society. Let’s not let the enemy outwit us today. Our hope is in the truth that Jesus has come to destroy every work of the devil, including racism.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.1 John 3:8
Materials to read/watch
- Racism 101 (Blog and 3 minute documentary about redlining)
- Reflections from a Token Black Friend (Blog)
BONUS: Holy Post – Race in America (17 min YouTube video by creator of VeggieTales)*
As we learn, I encourage you not to look at Black people as helpless or victims. One of my friends told me, “Don’t feel bad for Black people. If anything, you should feel bad for families that have been cursed with generations of hatred and racism. Instead of feeling pity as you learn, use your white privilege to go do something.” Certainly, Black people are incredibly resilient. They have literally built our country through slave labor and continue to greatly influence our culture, and we should honor them for that.
- What are the definitions of prejudice, individual racism, and systematic racism?
- What quote was most impactful to you in the Reflections from a Token Black Friend (1-3 sentences) and why?
- Were there things did Ramesh experience that you’ve never experienced or been aware of?
- What stood out to you the most in the Race in America YouTube video? What is one policy or historical event would you like to memorize for conversation?
*Please watch the bonus video this week. It’s very informative!