Join Us on January 8 for the Friday Forum Book Group

On Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. (Pacific), Adventist Forum invites you to join the Friday Forum Book Group where we will discuss White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones (published by Simon & Schuster, July 28, 2020, 310 pages).

Spectrum Columns Editor Rich Hannon will be our guest conversation partner on this book. Read his review of this title by clicking here.

This discussion will be hosted by Adventist Forum Board Chair Carmen Lau and board member Alexander Carpenter. Spectrum Journal Editor Bonnie Dwyer and website Managing Editor Alisa Williams are our regular conversation partners for the Friday Forum which seeks to promote community, value scholarship, and imagine ways for Adventists to live an abundant kingdom life together.

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Alisa Williams is managing editor of SpectrumMagazine.org

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/10959

Thanks for the invitation but I respectfully decline as I refuse to be a party to racism of any kind such as that which is inherent to the notion of “white supremacy “.
The fact is that thinking that any two people share the same thoughts and ideals merely based on the color of their skin is demonstrably inane.
Yes, being of Irish/Scots/English descent I am what racist people would consider “white”. But even a brief study of history will show that these three groups are not homogeneous and have long-held hatred and bitter disagreements with each other, to say nothing of their contentiousness with other “whites” in Europe.
This can also be said of “black” tribes in Africa who certainly think they have little in common each other, to say nothing of their lack of similarity with or affinity for “blacks” who were born and raised in America.
That is, the notion of there being a unified “black mindset” is as illusory as the fantastic concept that Asians of Chinese or Korean heritage are identical to Japanese people, who also have disagreements with each other.
I understand that there are people in every group who have sought to politicize and impose on others the assertion that their artificially constructed group is somehow unique and essentially better than every other group. But in my estimation, trying to make such people see the inherent weakness of their thinking is no more likely to yield beneficial or lasting results than one might expect from a thoughtful discussion about the shape of our planet with members of The Flat Earth Society.
As both Solomon and Samuel Clemons warned us, it is foolish for a wise man to argue with a fool, given that an outside observer may be unable to tell which one is which.
In other words, there is no vaccine for vacuousness.
Most importantly, I suspect that anyone who might be enlightened by a conversation about the evils of racial stereotyping won’t be a party to the upcoming discussion anymore than I will.

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