Photo by GAC "The category of race has no scientific justification. As a person of Korean ancestry, I have as much in common genetically and biologically with a Swede, a Zulu, or a Lakota as I do with someone of Chinese ancestry. While different theories abound regarding the origins of the category of race, it … Continue reading Quote of Note #147: The Real Nature of Race
photo by GAC "From our earliest days as a country, we adopted the practice of slavery and demonized the slave as inferior, subhuman, and deserving of exploitation. For this wicked system of slavery to survive, there had to be distinctions made between normal folks and this new breed of people that would be treated like … Continue reading Quote of Note #143: The Nature of “Race”
photo by GAC "In order to fight racism, we must begin with the fact that race is a socially constructed category that offers certain privileges and advantages to one group, which in the U. S. context is white people, to the detriment of all those who are excluded from that group--that is, 'non-white' people, or … Continue reading Quote of Note #132: What is “race”?
Photo by GAC "Love for neighbor requires critiquing and dismantling unjust systems of racial oppression. It is one matter to acknowledge that all people are made equal and have inherent dignity in their very being. It is another matter to identify the ways the image of God is defaced in groups of people through systems … Continue reading Quote of Note #129: Justice and Love for my Neighbors
Photo by GAC "Nostalgia is a powerful tool of ignorance and retrenchment of the social order. In America, white folk have been hooked on memories that somehow made the country look better than it was, that allowed white people to remain innocent in a country that has always been confused about Black folk and committed … Continue reading Quote of Note #127: White Nostalgia
A Sermon Preached on June 7, 2020 These are very challenging times for our society. We all like church to be a place of comfort, peace, and ease. But sometimes it just can’t be like that. Sometimes we have to wrestle with hard and uncomfortable things. And that’s what we’re going to do today. If … Continue reading Pastor Note #98: Hearing Our Neighbors’ Cry of Distress: A White Pastor Talks to his White Congregation about Race
No “Us” and “Them”: Race, Ethnicity, and the Mandate of Love A Sermon Preached at Venice Presbyterian Church on August 20, 2017 Pastor Gary A. Chorpenning Venice Presbyterian Church Cecil Township, PA http://www.venice-church.org Acts 15:1-21 Since you can’t help but notice it, let me acknowledge that I’m going to do something here this morning that … Continue reading Pastor Note #73: No “Us” and “Them”: Race, Ethnicity, and the Mandate of Love