Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility

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InterVarsity Press, Feb 10, 2006 - Religion - 197 pages
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Christians have struggled with racial issues for centuries, and often inadvertently contribute to the problem. Many proposed solutions have been helpful, but these only take us so far. Adding to this complex situation is the reality that Christians of different races see the issues differently. Sociologist George Yancey surveys a range of approaches to racial healing that Christians have used and offers a new model for moving forward. The first part of the book analyzes four secular models regarding race used by Christians (colorblindness, Anglo-conformity, multiculturalism and white responsibility) and shows how each has its own advantages and limitations. Part two offers a new "mutual responsibility" model, which acknowledges that both majority and minority cultures have their own challenges, tendencies, and sins to repent of, and that people of different races approach racial reconciliation and justice in differing but complementary ways. Yancey's vision offers hope that people of all races can walk together on a shared path--not as adversaries, but as partners.
  

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Review: Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility

User Review  - Alice - Goodreads

Racial Reconciliation within the framework of the Gospel. Sociologist George Yancey critiques the current frameworks for dealing with race from a christian worldview and suggests a way to move forward. Read full review

Review: Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility

User Review  - Ellie - Goodreads

Not entirely done with the book yet, but definitely a necessary read for any Christian concerned with race issues (which should be everyone!). The writer is a professor, so his writing reads much more ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
Four Secular Models of Dealing with Racism
17
Two Views of Racism
19
Colorblindness
29
AngloConformity
41
Multiculturalism
53
White Responsibility
64
Finding a Christian Approach to Dealing with Racism The Mutual Responsibility Model
75
Sin Nature and European Americans
88
Sin Nature and Racial Minorities
100
The Ultimate Reconciler
113
The Fear Factor
125
What Would a Christian Solution Look Like?
138
Notes
151
References
179
151
189

Toward Constructing a Christian Solution to the Problem of Racism
77

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About the author (2006)

George Yancey is associate professor of sociology at the University of North Texas.

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