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Salvation Army’s “White Repentance” Bell Gets Unrung

After significant donor backlash, the Salvation Army has withdrawn its “Let’s Talk About Racism” guide which asked white supporters to deliver “sincere” apologies for their race and the ‘sins of racism.’

“While many Salvationists have acted firmly and courageously against racism, The Salvation Army acknowledges with regret, that Salvationists have sometimes shared in the sins of racism and conformed to economic, organizational and social pressures that perpetuate racism,” adding that Christians need to “evaluate” racist attitudes and practices.

“And as we engage in conversations about race and racism, we must keep in mind that sincere repentance and apologies are necessary if we want to move towards racial reconciliation. We recognize that it is a profound challenge to sit on the hot seat and listen with an open heart to the hurt and anger of the wounded. Yet, we are all hardwired to desire justice and fairness, so the need to receive a sincere apology is necessary.”

The guide also says “White culture” has challenges it needs to overcome – which include “denial of racism,” and “defensiveness about race.” It adds that white Americans need to “stop trying to be colorblind.” Read more…

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