Working against racism is part of what it means to call Jesus Lord and Savior.
Most of us don’t need to make speeches. We need to make friends. This is the core message of Black and White:
racism can be disrupted by relationships. If you will risk forging friendships with those who do not look like you, it will change the way you see the world, and that could change the world.
Teesha Hadra, a young black woman, and John Hambrick, a sixty-year-old white man, bring a confident and redemptive tone to this hope because that is exactly what they’ve experienced. Black and White
leverages their story, surrounding it with other’s stories, practical advice, and exploration of the systems of racism to motivate you to consider your own role in change.
- Learn about the various and often subtle ways racism continues to be a part of American culture.
- Discover how simple (albeit not always easy) it is to get involved in what God is doing to disrupt racism.
- Become equipped to take faithful, practical, next steps in obedience to God’s call to join the movement against racism.
“Awareness creates discontent. A lack of awareness often results in complacency. When it comes to racism there’s no room for complacency. Especially for Christ followers. In Black & White my friends Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick stir our awareness. My hope—their hope—is that having become aware we will become permanently and passionately discontent with racism in all of its insidious forms and expressions.”
—Andy Stanley, pastor and founder of North Point Community Church, author of Irresistible
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About the Author
Teesha Hadra, the daughter of Jamaican parents, has a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. She practiced law for nearly seven years before leaving to begin full time ministry in 2013 at Buckhead Church, an urban campus of North Point Community Church in Atlanta. In 2016, she began working on a M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary. She currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, an Anglican Parish in Los Angeles.
John Hambrick currently works at Buckhead Church, the urban campus of North Point Ministries. He is an ordained Presbyterian pastor who earned a B.A. degree from Pepperdine University, an M.Div. degree from Fuller Seminary, and a doctoral degree from Columbia Seminary. He met Teesha Hadra in 2013 when she was on staff at Buckhead Church.
Table of Contents
1 The Clock Is Ticking 13
2 It's Personal 25
3 I Once Was Blind But Now I'm Just Kinda Nearsighted 33
4 You've Got to Be Kidding 45
5 Racism Isn't Always in Your Heart 55
6 Risky Business 71
7 White Fear 77
8 Anger 87
9 What Holds Racism in Place? 97
10 Fess Up 109
11 Specks and Planks 119
12 The Summer of '16 129
13 This Is a Football 137
14 Land of Opportunity 145
15 It's Tricky 153
16 Regaining Credibility 167
17 Friendship 101 175
18 Nudging the System 187
19 How Long? 195
Appendix: A Tool Kit for Activists 207