Privilege in Christian Pacifism: Fight the Systems, Not the Survivors

This is the second post in a short series I've been working on about the problems that privilege brings in Christian pacifist circles. The first post can be found here. I'm also linking this post up to the Political Jesus synchroblog--The New Pacifism.In my last post on pacifism, I discussed the tendency of many privileged pacifists to shame survivors who do not react to abuse in "approved" non-violent ways. I wrote about how it's dehumanizing to hear people who admittedly probably won't … [Read more...]

Racism, Dehumanization, and Trayvon Martin

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Trigger Warning: Racism, dehumanization, discussion of racial violence and the George Zimmerman caseI've spent a few blog posts recently talking about the way that the patriarchal mindsets in some popular Christian dating books dehumanize both men and women in specific ways. They dehumanize men to absolve men of responsibility, or to use "bad" men as a threat to women who refuse to submit to the "loving, godly leadership" of "good" men. They dehumanize women ┬áin order to keep women tied to … [Read more...]

Joseph Kony is famous. Trayvon Martin is not.

White Evangelical Christians love African children.Two years at Grace College (a predominantly white Grace Brethren college in small town Indiana) taught me that. Students went on missions trips in which it was mandatory to return with at least one picture of you surrounded by African children, or perhaps holding an African baby.Then, of course, there was Invisible Children. Middle class white guys "giving voices" to black children in Uganda. Grace College was all over that. And I include … [Read more...]


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