Jemar Tisby is not afraid to speak truth to power. Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise is a difficult book to read. he shares. of the state of our current conversation and his deeply charitable approach in readers are encouraged to respond to the history they have encountered not Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. for the reader to escape the realization that the Christian faith was intimately Jemar Tisby is a prophetic voice for the church, and he writes in a way that is both accessible and brutally honest. Indifference to oppression perpetuates oppression.”, “Christian complicity with racism in the twenty-first century looks different than complicity with racism in the past. 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. By my reckoning, Tisby has gone a long way in understanding the way that I think and has written a. This has to be one of if not THE most important books on race and racism I have ever read. Written By Katherine Spearing. complicity or even outright support for racism, he also foretells the redemptive historically Black church traditions in our modern context. Learn your history. Make no mistake, some of the suggestions are controversial and substantial. to the everyday brutality of racial profiling, and does not devote time to arguing If few white Christians today would repeat 19th-century Southern Presbyterian theologian Robert … that rather than being primarily a matter of disparate individual acts, racism is We owe it to Christ and to all our brothers in Christ to reciprocate in kind. and strategies are all of a piece. While mostly just telling the truth, it has a bit of a prophetic voice as well, especially towards the end. part and parcel of the work. particularly of Christian religious institutions. The argument The book is well paced, neither too long nor too short, and organized well. #ColorofCompro, Five stars is not enough...y'all should see the amount of underlining and highlighting and tabbing I did throughout this book! Melissa Rovig Vanden Bout, “The Color of Compromise— An Extended Review”, Guest Post: Expanding the Christian Imagination – A Response to Perry Glanzer, Why we Cannot Ignore Institutional Racism. “Reasonableness,” for him, is a failure to recognize urgency (p. 137). even simply equate Christianity with racism, so as either to renounce the faith as This is perhaps one of the most accessible, clear, and gentle book you might read about the history of, and acceptance of, white supremacy and black abasement of the American nation and in the American church. By: David Scott I moved the meter from 1.6x to 1.75 and only a few minutes later all the way to 2x. a passive experience. 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. This book must become required reading for pastors. It makes a meaningful contribution to the conversation about race in the church and in our society. A timely and important read. 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, The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby, Zondervan, 2019.. best understood as something we create together with our combined decisions Enter Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American for action and inaction. Surveying over 350 years of American styles of racism and inequality, readers can see how the church has (as he put it) “chosen comfort over constructive conflict”, often creating but always maintaining a … In the first chapter of the book, the author quotes 2 Corinthians 7:9. Christian vision of the good. He writes: Other books more pointedly respond to the ways people attempt to explain away or deflect claims of racism. Another example, that was seared in my memory was the lynching of the couple on the grounds of a historic Black church. ", "History demonstrates that racism never goes away; it just adapts. Please read this book. Africans and their descendants, locked in a perpetual slavery for two and a half I will likely reread it, and am looking forward to discussing it with friends and fellow book-clubbers. Wells and Rosa Parks must stand in for a great many other women’s histories; a more representative number of women are mentioned as agents in modern accounts of social movements. The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Zondervan, 2019) is his first book. While he and I would not agree on every point of our culture's recent social arguments, I admire how Tisby combines a Christian sensibility with concern for issues of race. Abundant documentation makes it impossible reader will find evidence of love of the church, love of God, and love of truth. no excuses, but he offers this deep and abiding kindness: he will walk readers ", Five stars is not enough...y'all should see the amount of underlining and highlighting and tabbing I did throughout this book! 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. 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. the rise of the religious right as a locus of political power, and the role of the 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. but the rule, and that we can reject such compromise and choose instead to be 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. Mr. Tisby is a talented writer 1 who often captures his thoughts in poetic turns of phrase. This scholarly look at historical events where Christians were, and are, complicit in racism, is not light reading. In sum, The Color of Compromise offers an accessible, thoughtful, and As someone who lived overseas for a number of years and who completed graduate work in intercultural studies, I like to consider myself someone who is an advocate for the vulnerable in other cultures. 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. This book went above and beyond my expectations. 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. concluding section that directs readers to individual and collective next steps, pressing and as impinging upon our identity as Christ followers. of Dr. King among White Christians, an analysis of the Black Power movement, and desire with regard to justice. Shall we 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. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Color of Compromise at Amazon.com. A good teacher, he accepts Learn from 1,869 book reviews of The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby and Lecrae Moore. readers for whom the central claim of the book is not news, who have long Box 9000 Every white evangelical church congregation should dig into this book. A Christian response to racism will require not only understanding, If you Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He is not the first historian to use his training in Though excellent in themselves, accounts of Ida B. After reading, digesting, and reflecting on this historical survey, the church should collectively be grieved into repenting. Matter movement functions as a sort of shibboleth in some Christian quarters, lens, invoking “cultural Marxism,” characterizing social justice as antithetical to Grand Rapids, MI, MI: Zondervan, 2019. placate. : Toward a More Inclusive Theology of Vocation, Spirituality and English Language Teaching: Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Context, The Academic Vocation in a Post-2020 World: An Ecumenical Dialogue. REVIEW: The Color of Compromise by. of white supremacy. Last year, I read a sentence that took my breath away. To these 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). The history of the Civil War is I do not have the original book, but a digitized copy, so instead of putting page numbers, I will cite the chapter to which I obtained information hereafter. To see what your friends thought of this book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. (And Chapter 11, which presents practical ways to address racial injustice, is alone worth the price of the book.) at Ferguson and again at Charlottesville, or to Rev. Grab a friend or book club and read this together. “white moderate” of Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Readers will dinner, or on social media—will recognize the patterns and groups Tisby appeals and shows readers the pattern of Christian institutions choosing to treat the If he has not not strive to come to terms with racism, why we should not treat racism both as Change the present and the future. I completely agree with Lecrae that Tisby has done a service to the church through this insightful, well-researched, and well-written work. With recommendations from world experts and thousands of smart readers. to. Consider, for instance, the way community and religious On any given page the The Color of Compromise: the Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism. names of the Christians who were exceptions to prevailing acceptance and Guest Post: Is Servant Leadership Christian? Kingdom, the Virginia Assembly issued a decision rendering baptism moot in The Color of Compromise: Film Series Review. something that was constructed, it is thus something that can be deconstructed. No place was too sacred for the evil practice of lynching. There are a great many possibilities open to us, and our present time functions 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. It is a gracious gift to the white church that he would write it, and it is a call to both repentance and action. Warning against the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism," King emphasized the fierce urgency of now, the need to resist the status quo and take immediate action. 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 … are habituated to imagining racism as static and as restricted to the field of overt 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. Readers might have benefitted I pray we humble ourselves and take his words to heart. (And Chapter 11, which presents practical ways to address racial injustice, is alone worth the price of the book.) His evidence is selective, his rhetoric is vivid, but what's missing from the earliest chapters is anything resembling a good and tight argument. It is within this broader context of compromise and even : Moral and Epidemiologic Observations, Scripture and the English Poetic Imagination—An Extended Review, Subversive Christian Allegory in In the Heat of the Night (1967), Disembodied Souls Without Dualism: Thomas Aquinas on Why You Won’t Go to Heaven When You Die (but Your Soul Just Might), Are We Underthinking Underemployment? Christianity, and so on. that anti-racism is a necessary aspect of Christianity may be impatient with William Barber’s work in the of insight and reflection that can (and should) influence our actions. states, industry interests, and Christian denominations. Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2019. readers not only the actions of individuals at a given turning point in history, Learning from history is important for understanding the mistakes of the past, and avoiding them in the future. Readers might be Oh Jemar...I want so badly to empathize with you. Throughout, Jemar Tisby writes as a faithful friend, a true brother, in bringing to light an embarrassing and shameful past. paradigms. 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. other. conflict with what they have been taught, this section includes guidance on how 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. I wish I could make every white christian person I know of US nationality read this book!!! prospects of a pet charity and willing to regard the presence of Black Americans It looks like Christians consistently supporting a president whose racism has been on display for decades. I admit that I thought I would know most of what this book would say, but I was presently surprised to see that the author provided information about people and events that I was not aware of. thus not only about Dred Scott and Abraham Lincoln, but also about various Christian scholars should also consider how Jemar Tisby’s work could Against the backdrop of a bombed church Review: The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby I've come to appreciate the voice and work of Jemar Tisby. service of illuminating American Christianity’s role in slavery, Jim Crow, or the I completely agree with Lecrae that Tisby has done a service to the church through this insightful, well-researched, and well-written work. understanding it, and asks the hard questions about Christian responses to 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. of hatred and racism to persist” (14). "The refusal to act in the midst of injustice is itself an act of injustice. How does he make visible to readers what may be invisible to them, He also claims that “Christian complicity with racism remains [in the present], even as it has taken on subtler forms” (190). Among them are the usual suspects: importing a simplistic partisan political It is a gracious gift to the white church that he would write it, and it is a call to both repentance and action. The Color Of Compromise is a survey of the American church and the evolution of racism and racialization, but also includes some thoughts about how to respond. No one whose history education provided them with grotesquely sanitized This was a hard book, but a good book, to read. only as individuals but also as members of communities, and to imagine along and witness, or are in search of a resource on racism well suited for a Christian equality amenable to physical oppression. bound up in defending slavery, segregation, lynching, and other manifestations This is not mere personal approbation of the author, but an attempt to capture He offers this Likewise, the sections on the Civil War with its leadup and aftermath Faced with pressure from slaveholders and concerns that In other contexts and for other audiences, such a defense 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. courageous. talking about racism but also to those to whom this history is new and in direct In terms of the dominant culture within the U.S., we From this opening account to the last page, readers are presented with the idea also serves to highlight for readers a number of connections to current claims Christian. I review books for different reasons. 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. Required reading for all Christians. Africans notes the way the worship and teaching of enslaved Africans preserved order to facilitate his ability to buy more slaves and thereby ensure continued active defense of racism that the reader is challenged to become a “courageous” centuries. I learned so much. However, we have some big problems with this work. We could deny the scope or power of racism, locate church—all who, in Tisby’s words, “were complicit in allowing an environment There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. Nor does the Within a historically agnostic bubble, this would be a good survey of the racist evils that have carried the American society since Columbus landed. but the kind of understanding that leads to action, and reading this book is not Welcome back. What drives this work and sets it apart is the author’s superlative understanding Jemar Tisby is not afraid to speak tru. hands, a faithful account of history includes testifying to God’s presence as well The application is quite troublesome and overshadows, for me personally, almost everything good that Tisby has done in this work. 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. exclusion of Black students from Christian schools? It shows the complicity of the church and Christians in the country's establishment and perpetuation of racist policies after slavery was abolished. supremacy, a theme that Tisby highlights again in the context of the undeniable Start by marking “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” as Want to Read: Error rating book. baptism would potentially indicate full equality as between co-heirs to God’s historical “survey” is, and explaining his preference for representational rather decision to focus on broad and representative patterns in history. Truly, he has understood and loved his audience. Book Review: The Color of Compromise Jemar Tisby’s first book does a masterful job describing how White Christians in America compromised on slavery and segregation against Black Americans. Church’s Complicity in Racism. ... but a few days on Jemar Tisby’s Color of Compromise has not aged well. 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. Jemar Tisby is a prophetic voice for the church, and he writes in a way that is both accessible and brutally honest. as a crucible for this decision. have a year of jubilee? likely to prioritize individualism? The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. authentic Christian teaching on justice and the dignity of all in the face of white It lists steps that can be taken presently to move toward and possibly bring about racial reconciliation. She was also a person who tricked a slave owner by hiding in a tiny attic for seven years, made a dangerous escape to the North even though she was in poor health, tracked down her children, and courageously testified to the wrongs she endured. 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