From the archives: Theologian Jemar Tisby on how the American church should grapple with racism

Jemar Tisby, author of "How to Fight Racism"
Author Jemar Tisby says now is the time for America to come to terms with its racism. His new book, “How to Fight Racism” is a call for everyone, but especially the white evangelical church, to do the hard work of racial reckoning.
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For centuries, the white American church enabled and even embraced racism.

Many Christians say that's in the past. Jemar Tisby doesn't agree.

MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to the theologian and author in 2019 about his book, "The Color of Compromise," and again in 2021, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder.

This week, as we look ahead to a conversation with Christena Cleveland, about how her Christian faith changed when she viewed it through the lens of being a Black woman, we are listening to Miller’s 2021 program with Tisby. Here, they discuss his book “How to Fight Racism” and talk about how the white evangelical church in America could do more to heal the wounds it caused.


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