The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege

The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege

by Ken Wytsma


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The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma

Is privilege real or imagined?

It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation's consciousness. Every week yet another incident involving racial tension splashes across headlines and dominates our news feeds. But it's not easy to unpack the origins of these tensions, and perhaps we wonder whether any of these issues really has anything to do with us.

Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, understands these questions. He has gone through his own journey of understanding the underpinnings of inequality and privilege. In this timely, insightful book Wytsma unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today's race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding both of the origins of these issues and of the reconciling role we are called to play as ministers of the gospel.

Inequality and privilege are real. The Myth of Equality opens our eyes to realities we may have never realized were present in our society and world. And we will be changed for the better as a result.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830844821
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 05/14/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 343,719
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of Pursuing JusticeThe Grand Paradox, and Create vs. Copy, and he is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is also the founder of The Justice Conference, an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to biblical justice and God's call to give our lives away. A church planter and the lead pastor at Antioch Church, Ken is also a consultant to nonprofits and a sought after speaker on justice, church, and culture. He and his wife, Tamara, have four daughters and live in Bend, Oregon.

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Story of Race
1. America's White Standard: A Nation of (European) Immigrants
2. When the World Became Racist: Color in the Western Tradition
3. Stolen Labor
4. How Our Cities Got Their ShapePart II: Equality and The Kingdom of God
5. The Aristocratic Itch
6. Does Justice Belong in Our Gospel Conversation?
7. The Salvation Industrial Complex
8. A Short Look at American IndividualismPart III: The Challenge of Privilege
9. When Racism Went Underground: Implicit Racial Bias and the Stories That Hide Within Us
10. The Voice of Justice
11. Finding Ourselves in the Other
Appendix: Recommended Reading

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NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
In my book reviews, I normally don’t make a big point of the author’s race or gender. Nevertheless, I’ll note that this book, which is directed toward a Christian audience, was written by a white man. And, yes, a lot of people—especially white people—should read it. It’s important to bear in mind that the fight for racial equality in the U.S. isn’t something any one race should be fighting for alone. I’ll also note that this book isn’t out to just broadcast grievances, to shame the country, and to make people feel guilty. No, this is about seeing the historical roots of a very real problem, as you can’t truly remedy anything without getting to the bottom of it. The author also includes action points, so readers won’t be left with this problem without any idea what to do next. The book has so many compelling points, like the need not to merely do acts of justice, but to *become just.* Or the idea that people might think they’re following the golden rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) when really they’re following the silver rule (“DON'T do to others what you wouldn’t have them do to you.”) The silver rule is passive. The golden rule requires action. I highly recommend this book for the Christian community. If you think racial issues are “just politics” or not something that Christians should be too concerned about, I’d encourage you all the more to read this. _______________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.