Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion - 194 pages
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What does it mean to be white? When you encounter people from other races or ethnicities, you may become suddenly aware that being white means something. Those from other backgrounds may respond to you differently or suspiciously. You may feel ambivalence about your identity as a white person. Or you may feel frustrated when a friend of another ethnicity shakes his head and says, "You just don't get it because you're white."
  • So, what does it mean to be white?
  • How can you overcome the mistakes of the past?
  • How can you build authentic relationships with people from other races and ethnicities?
In this groundbreaking book, Paula Harris and Doug Schaupp present a Christian model of what it means to be white. They wrestle through the history of how those in the majority have oppressed minority cultures, but they also show that whites also have a cultural and ethnic identity with its own distinctive traits and contributions. They demonstrate that white people have a key role to play in the work of racial reconciliation and the forging of a more just society. Filled with real-life stories, life-transforming insights and practical guidance, this book is for you if you are aware of racial inequality but have wondered, So what do I do? Discover here a vision for just communities where whites can partner with and empower those of other ethnicities.

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An examination of christianity and diversity by two IVF directors who have worked with racial issues. For those who have felt insecure about being a majority saddled with guilt, accusations and ... Read full review


2 Giving Your Heart Away
Making Encounter Real
4 Going Deeper in Crosscultural Friendships
Making Friendship Real
6 Can White Boys Hoop?
7 The Point of No Return
12 Can God Redeem White Culture?
13 Finding Our White Identity in Christ
Making White Identity Real
The Just Community
15 Responsibility Is Not a FourLetter Word
16 Betraying White Privilege Plundering White Power
Making the Just Community Real

8 Being Colorblind
Making Displacement Real
White Identity
10 Open the Parachute
Who Do They Say We Are?

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Page 15 - I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
Page 15 - I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

About the author (2009)

Paula A. Harris is currently serving as the priest at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. She also speaks and writes on missiology, missionary recruitment, postmodernism and racial issues. She is the author of "Listening to Mission that Rises from Community and Spirituality" in Global Missiology for the 21st Century and is a contributor to the book Postmission.

Doug Schaupp is associate director of evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. A writer and teacher, he focuses on racial issues, postmodern evangelism, and leadership development. He is based in Los Angeles and graduated from Fuller Seminary. He is the coauthor of I Once Was Lost and Being White.

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