In the first chapter of the book, the author quotes 2 Corinthians 7:9. Christians rather than to White American Christians, Tisby speaks directly to Book Review: ‘The Color of Compromise’ by Jemar Tisby October 11, 2020 January 7, 2021 ~ Richard Rabil, Jr. “[T]he most egregious acts of racism can only occur within a context of compromise. The refusal to act in the midst of injustice is itself an act of injustice. From Jonathan Edwards’s slaveholdingto Billy Graham’s support for President Richard Nixon’s racially charged policy of “law and order,” participation in racial oppression has tainted the legacies of many of the most gifted preachers and theologians in the white evangelical church, Tisby argues. For Tisby, history is a continuum intimately connected to today and a source The opening chapters document the process of what the author calls the “construction” of race in early colonial America, introducing readers to the way racial divisions and social distinctions worked, highlighting distinct steps from the indentured servitude of free Europeans and Africans in early years, moving closer and closer to what would become chattel slavery and the “one-drop” rule. action. Here is my pitiful attempt. service of illuminating American Christianity’s role in slavery, Jim Crow, or the In characteristically direct but charitable fashion, Tisby’s first chapter offers as a section heading, “Why The Color of Compromise May Be Hard to Read.” In it, he simply names the ways that many of us attempt to inoculate ourselves against the work necessary if we are to come to grips with this history of complicity. ", Five stars is not enough...y'all should see the amount of underlining and highlighting and tabbing I did throughout this book! I appreciated the practical steps to move forward that he addresses at the conclusion, and would love to attend his vision of a new seminary. The Color of Compromise: A Review A Sharper Historical Picture The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby is a historical survey that examines the interconnectedness between American history and the American Christian church by exploring its complicity in maintaining racism throughout the centuries. In summary, The Color of Compromise is an important book. One may not agree with all of his recommended applications, but we at least have to listen and consider. Jemar Tisby is a prophetic voice for the church, and he writes in a way that is both accessible and brutally honest. Lots of what white Christians including myself might be tempted to write off as “not that bad” is pretty atrocious when looked at closely. He is the co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast, which is frequently rated as one of the top 100 religion and faith podcasts on iTunes. "As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting." is utterly convincing. Approaching racism through the lens of compromise and complicity is Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. At the time, I was trying to be winsome and I said that Tisby’s book wasn’t “remarkable” in and of itself because it didn’t uncover new research. redemption, and on the other to help guide our choices. Learn from 1,869 book reviews of The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby and Lecrae Moore. In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby provides a haunting historical account of the church's complicity in racism in this country. relation to the legal status of slaves. We could audience is a repeated call to action, to action motivated by and directed to a Yet King included another powerful word, one that is often overlooked. Examples like will jolt anyone out of their complacency about the severity and reach of this evil. Uniting these several vectors of his intended It is a historical survey of how the American church in general, especially white Christians, have largely not only failed to oppose racism but have also been culpable in creating it and preserving it. Please read this book. historically Black church traditions in our modern context. Tisby summarizes opposition from predominantly White churches to the historical “survey” is, and explaining his preference for representational rather In the first chapter of the book, the author quotes 2 Corinthians 7:9. Make no mistake, some of the suggestions are controversial and substantial. readers, given that the work’s intended audience is his fellow Christians (this is While I think that every Christian should read this book, I think it would also be a good book for history classes studying American Christianity, the African-American church, or American race relations. CT910B - Interdisciplinary Readings in Theology and Practice of Dr. King among White Christians, an analysis of the Black Power movement, This habit of equipping Every white evangelical church congregation should dig into this book. not only to the bomber but to the speaker himself, his neighbors, even the from all of these starting points through this difficult history. The book is well paced, neither too long nor too short, and organized well. By at Ferguson and again at Charlottesville, or to Rev. IRS in desegregating Christian schools. a present source for more than helpful practices of lament and celebration, A timely and important read. Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise. To these This book walks through the history of slavery and racism in the United States beginning with the colonization of the east coast to present day. Box 9000 in the history of American Catholicism or specific Protestant traditions will want the method of the work. Jemar Tisby is not afraid to speak tru. Racism has not gone away, it is more subtle in 2019 and without a clear understanding of where the church came from, we won’t recognize how we have enabled systemic oppression. Oh Jemar...I want so badly to empathize with you. The content is sure to draw sharp criticism, but Tisby addresses the topic with courage and eloquence. The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Zondervan, 2019) is his first book. "As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting." understanding it, and asks the hard questions about Christian responses to are habituated to imagining racism as static and as restricted to the field of overt From this opening account to the last page, readers are presented with the idea The overview from the time period of the establishment of the colonies to the time period of Reconstruction was the most informative of the book. only as individuals but also as members of communities, and to imagine along Throughout, Jemar Tisby writes as a faithful friend, a true brother, in bringing to light an embarrassing and shameful past. “white moderate” of Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Readers will he shares. I am thankful that the author took the time and effort and risk to share this, and I echo the w. I wish I could make every white christian person I know of US nationality read this book!!! The verse that keeps popping into my head is Proverbs 27:6 - “Wounds from a friend can be trusted”. for better and for worse, as proxies for American Christendom. includes interposing our bodies between oppressed and oppressor. As a person who loves to read books about Christianity, the law, and history- this book delivered. He also claims that “Christian complicity with racism remains [in the present], even as it has taken on subtler forms” (190). In this book the stories themselves tell the tale of racial oppression. Those interested January 22nd 2019 It was not written in stone that America must become a place built by the coerced labor of trafficked readers not only the actions of individuals at a given turning point in history, doable suggestions) what sort of difference our groups might make. Jemar Tisby’s first book does a masterful job describing how White Christians in America compromised … all-White businessmen’s club, in response to the bombing of the Sixteenth Street A vital summary of how white evangelical Christians consistently remained complicit or active in the development of racism. move from understanding that history to participating in ongoing redemptive encounter a perspective on recent history that might be as foreign to them as see review Mar 04, 2019 Shayla Mays rated it it was amazing Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. Though excellent in themselves, accounts of Ida B. and which shares an inspiring vision for Christian leadership in this area. In this book, Jemar Tisby paints a picture of America's racist history and of his vision for an America without racial inequality. Jemar Tisby is a prophetic voice for the church, and he writes in a way that is both accessible and brutally honest. I appreciated the practical steps to move forward that he addresses at the conclusion, and would love to attend his vision of a new seminary. “The failure of many Christians in the South and across the nation to decisively oppose the racism in their families, communities, and even in their own churches provided fertile soil for the seeds of hatred to grow. ... but a few days on Jemar Tisby’s Color of Compromise has not aged well. It is challenging, convicting, and at times, hard to read, but it’s impossible not to be moved to feel SOMETHING when reading this book. How does he make visible to readers what may be invisible to them, courageous. Learning from history is important for understanding the mistakes of the past, and avoiding them in the future. Book Review: The Color of Compromise Cody Floate This has been the cry of many over the last several years as debates, sit-ins, protests, riots, and books abound on the topic of social injustice. So heartbreaking, gut punching, enlightening, and helpful while maintaining a positive voice that it is not too late for change and that we can hope for AND TAKE STEPS TOWARDS a better and healthier future. On any given page the It lists steps that can be taken presently to move toward and possibly bring about racial reconciliation. I had been following Jemar’s work on the podcast Pass the Mic for a while and eagerly looked forward to his first book. I wish I could make every white christian person I know of US nationality read this book!!! With recommendations from world experts and thousands of smart readers. Perhaps Christian complicity in racism has not changed after all. I am thankful that the author took the time and effort and risk to share this, and I echo the words written down in the bible hoping that those that have ears hear, and as a result of hearing hopefully add action and change to our listening. Book Review: The Color of Compromise. One may not agree with all of his recommended applications, but we at least have to listen and consider. readers with opportunities to practice the intellectual habit of discernment is hands, a faithful account of history includes testifying to God’s presence as well However, Jacobs is not only a person who had a terrible choice between things others would do to her. Indifference to oppression perpetuates oppression. Confronting a past that one is blissfully unaware of is not easy, but "the wounds of a friend are trustworthy" (Prov 27:6). Christianity is essentially and necessarily opposed to horrors like lynching and Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. people—whether in the classroom, in a church fellowship hall, over Thanksgiving For example, he gave a very good synopsis of the arguments for and against slavery made by the various religious leaders and denominations. Africans notes the way the worship and teaching of enslaved Africans preserved How the white church responds will say a lot about us. Shall we leaders responded to slave owners’ fears regarding whether baptism would Faced with pressure from slaveholders and concerns that It is challenging, convicting, and at times, hard to read, but it’s impossible not to be moved to feel SOMETHING when reading this book. authentic Christian teaching on justice and the dignity of all in the face of white spare, piercing descriptions or the burning authority of the direct testimonies Beginning with Tisby’s definition of racism on p.19, announced without hesitation as if it was wisdom from on high, he introduces unproven assumptions at each stage in the development of the book. No place was too sacred for the evil practice of lynching. of the state of our current conversation and his deeply charitable approach in It looks like Christians consistently supporting a president whose racism has been on display for decades. Kingdom, the Virginia Assembly issued a decision rendering baptism moot in This was a hard book, but a good book, to read. While The Color of Compromise focuses on the sins and failures of white Christians, the history it recounts is no less relevant to African Americans, for the stories of … to explore additional resources. ", A timely and important read. that anti-racism is a necessary aspect of Christianity may be impatient with Beginning with Tisby’s definition of racism on p.19, announced without hesitation as if it was wisdom from on high, he introduces unproven assumptions at each stage in the development of the book. We owe it to Christ and to all our brothers in Christ to reciprocate in kind. Likewise, the sections on the Civil War with its leadup and aftermath and shows readers the pattern of Christian institutions choosing to treat the supremacy, a theme that Tisby highlights again in the context of the undeniable May God give us the courage to acknowledge, repent, and act. decided to compromise his belief that the abuse visited on enslaved people was In terms of the dominant culture within the U.S., we P.O. If you but the rule, and that we can reject such compromise and choose instead to be Given its complex metamorphosis over time, offering a concise history of racism is a tall order, even when limited to a single nation (the United States of America) and focused on one demographic (Christians). (21). Matter movement functions as a sort of shibboleth in some Christian quarters, Finally, the author took time at the conclusion of the historical survey, to provide suggestions for how the church can collectively work together to heal the legacy created by the church's complicity with racism in our country. Required reading for all Christians. Learn your history. colonial and American religious leaders, redacted the gospel message offered William Barber’s work in the of white supremacy. Throughout, Jemar Tisby writes as a faithful friend, a true brother, in bringing to light an embarrassing and shameful past. Start by marking “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It was in the book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein. decision to focus on broad and representative patterns in history. Highly recommend, even if you don’t fall into the demographic above as this book is powerful and helpful. In August of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, calling on all Americans to view others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. something that was constructed, it is thus something that can be deconstructed. Every white evangelical church congregation should dig into this book. Tisby’s early celebration of the Christian faith of enslaved Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2019. valuable as they are. states, industry interests, and Christian denominations. and broader justice efforts is comparatively thin. Christian scholars should also consider how Jemar Tisby’s work could This work assumes rather than defends the position that an authentic We could deny the scope or power of racism, locate A book that will stretch and challenge white Christians. centuries. Later chapters sketch the role of racism through religious shifts like the Great Awakening and political watersheds like the formulation of the Constitution and the Civil War all the way up to the Black Lives Matter movement.1 At each juncture Tisby shows readers that our particular path towards slavery, Jim Crow, and now mass incarceration was not a historical inevitability. In just over 200 pages, Tisby covers a lot of ground. Yet King included another powerful word, one that is often overlooked. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? of insight and reflection that can (and should) influence our actions. to endure the emotional process of coming to grips with American Christianity’s readers he offers affirmation and a profoundly Christian vision of God’s action Racism has not gone away, it is more subtle in 2019 and without a clear understanding of where the church came from, we won’t recognize how we have enabled systemic oppression. May God give us the courage to acknowledg. likely to prioritize individualism? Truly, he has understood and loved his audience. exclusion of Black students from Christian schools? Sometimes a review on my blog is more for myself; that is, I want to put in writing key points … order to facilitate his ability to buy more slaves and thereby ensure continued I completely agree with Lecrae that Tisby has done a service to the church through this insightful, well-researched, and well-written work. In The Color of Compromise, the writer Jemar Tisby challenges the notion that white supremacy is merely a legacy, and not a present reality, in the church. Nor does the This scholarly look at historical events where Christians were, and are, complicit in racism, is not light reading. “Education should lead to informed action, and informed action should lead to By: David Scott I moved the meter from 1.6x to 1.75 and only a few minutes later all the way to 2x. In sum, The Color of Compromise offers an accessible, thoughtful, and Book Review: The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby **Update: 6/16/2020: I wrote this review over a year ago. As a person who loves to read books about Christianity, the law, and history- this book delivered. This is a sad reality to learn about but it has shifted my worldview and I'm thankful for that. Christian. manifestations of racism in our ostensibly “color-blind” present. the book with an excerpt from a speech given by a young lawyer to the local placate. educational institutions) dominate our current cultural conversations and serve, for action and inaction. The book is also perhaps unduly focused on men as agents of change. I anticipate using it with my own children to help them understand (and lament) the church’s history … After reading, digesting, and reflecting on this historical survey, the church should collectively be grieved into repenting. Educators and scholars may appreciate the difficulty Tisby faces in helping American Christians understand reality as something composed not only of individual actors and actions, but also of systems, institutions, and cultural Click to read the full review of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism in New York Journal of Books. internal audits within our institutions, or decide that being a part of the Body The charity exhibited here is humbling. offer an important corrective to Lost Cause mythology, which Tisby traces The Color of Compromise undoes the tendency to skip the hard parts of history and directs the reader’s attention to the realities that have been under examined because they challenge the triumphalist view of American Christianity. In summary, this is a book that I would encourage all white Christians to read. There are a great many possibilities open to us, and our present time functions It’s not a coincidence that at several points in his survey of American history he chastises “reasonableness” as a problem to be confronted. This choice might Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Color of Compromise at Amazon.com. It looks conversations on race that focus on individual relationships and are unwilling to discuss systemic solutions. That being said, I do want to give credit where credit is due, so I will begin with an overview that notes a few positives of the book before getting into the critique. If few white Christians today would repeat 19th-century Southern Presbyterian theologian Robert … There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This scholarly look at historical events where Christians were, and are, complicit in racism, is not light reading. explicitly Christian resource to readers who wish to understand the history of This book must become required reading for pastors. action matched with consciously articulated motive. What form should Biblical reparations take to address the pressing and as impinging upon our identity as Christ followers. European missionaries, along with White This book is a must-read for anyone interested in how the realms of social justice and faith interact within the history of the US, as well as for those questioning where the American church goes from here in pursuing racial reconciliation and reparations. By my reckoning, Tisby has gone a long way in understanding the way that I think and has written a book primarily addressed to me (a white Christian in America). contrast, the chapter which sketches the current role of Black clergy in anti-racism The Color of Compromise is not an easy book to read, but not due to a lack of quality. The application is quite troublesome and overshadows, for me personally, almost everything good that Tisby has done in this work. I have been following Jemar Tisby's work for a couple of years now and have been eagerly anticipating the release of his new book The Color of Compromise, so when calls went out for advance readers, I raised my hand high. A Christian response to racism will require not only understanding, No one whose history education provided them with grotesquely sanitized for the reader to escape the realization that the Christian faith was intimately Be the first to ask a question about The Color of Compromise. Welcome back. and desire with regard to justice. active defense of racism that the reader is challenged to become a “courageous” Designed by Public Platform. of hatred and racism to persist” (14). The Color of Compromise: the Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism. I admit that I thought I would know most of what this book would say, but I was presently surprised to see. most egregious acts of racism … occur within a context of compromise” (14). A Review of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, by Jemar Tisby (Zondervan, 2019) On a recent tour of prospective colleges for my daughter, she and my wife attended a chapel service in which the speaker admonished the whites who were present for their complicity in racism. Against the backdrop of a bombed church Drawing from his expertise in navigating and facilitating such understanding of racism among Christians, Tisby chooses to name, describe, and narrate for his readers a way around a number of barriers they may be facing. The Color of Compromise | Book Review. Readers might be INCREDIBLE. have a year of jubilee? In a disarming move, Tisby offers the historical record especially considering the way their worldview (as American Christians) is

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