Salvation Army guide to “Courageous Conversations on Racism” asks “White Americans” to “stop trying to be” color blind. “
The guide, “Let’s Talk About Racism,” was published in April and created by the Salvation Army’s International Commission for Social Justice. It aims to provide an “internal dialogue” on the issue of racism among members of the Salvation Army.
“While many Salvationists have acted firmly and courageously against racism, The Salvation Army regretfully acknowledges that Salvationists have at times shared the sins of racism and have complied with the economic, organizational and social pressures that perpetuate racism.” , says the guide.
The “introduction” of the guide states that Christians should “assess” racist attitudes and practices.
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“There is an urgent need for Christians to assess racist attitudes and practices in the light of our faith and to live faithfully in today’s world. We must seek the wisdom and grace of God in every part of our life, ”says the guide.
The guide, first reported on the Daily Wire, also asks Salvationists to apologize for their racism, saying it is “necessary if we are to move towards racial reconciliation.”
Additionally, the guide states that “white culture” has challenges to overcome, including “denial of racism,” “advocating for race,” and states that “white Americans” must “stop trying to be. “Color blind”.
“Stop trying to be ‘color blind’,” says the guide. “While this may seem useful, it actually ignores the God-given differences that we all have, as well as the beautiful cultures of our black and brown siblings. Instead of trying to be color blind, try to see the beauty of our differences, and welcome them into your homes, churches and workplaces. “
Under the “Resources” section, the guide lists books by authors such as Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo.
The Salvation Army website also displays a “Study Guide on Racism” which states that “racism can be so ingrained in institutions and culture that people can unwittingly and unintentionally perpetuate racial division.”
“For example, pious Christians who naively use racial epithets or a well-meaning Sunday school program that uses only photographs and white images,” the guide says.
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In a statement released Thursday, the Salvation Army rebuked claims that “The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society.”
“These claims are false and distort the very purpose of our work,” the Salvation Army said. “The truth is that The Salvation Army believes that racism is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity, and we are called to work for a world where all people are loved, accepted and valued. Our position statement on racism shows this clearly.”
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The Salvation Army has also responded to criticism from study guides, saying “no one gets told how to think.”
“The Salvation Army has occasionally published study guides on a variety of complex topics, including race, to help foster positive conversation and thinking among Salvationists. The hope is that by openly discussing these issues , we can encourage a more thoughtful organization that is better positioned to serve those in need. These guides are only designed for internal use. No one knows how to think. Period, “the release said.