Library Journal - Library JournalBeals, a pastor in Kansas City, Missouri, traces the rise and persistence of racism in America from the first Colonial settlements to the present day and the acquiescence, at best, of Christian churches in both antebellum slavery and racist practices and attitudes that still persist. There is not much good news in this book, which is mostly devoted to recounting "the role of the Church and well-meaning Christians in the slave trade" and demonstrating how "the past racist legacy, which churches have at times ignored, requires current repentance." Some readers will find it hard to stomach the persistence of racism, but all will find a disquieting abundance of home truths. A probing work for both general readers and church leaders, especially those committed to working on social justice issues.John R. Leech, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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