“All You Talk about Is Race”: Five Responses to a Frustrating Comment

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  1. Mike Higgins says:

    Baby Brother, you are one of the many young prophets that we really need today. My prayer for you is that you will continue to call out and challenge the pastors and leaders who need to hear Jesus’ and your heart’s cry for justice and righteousness.

  2. George Canady says:

    “…In King’s day, it was embarrassing and risky for many white Christian leaders to speak out about civil rights. Even today, Christians who keep talking about the need for racial reconciliation, or who point to ongoing instances of racial injustice, are likely to hear “why can’t you just move on?” (If they’re on Twitter, they are also likely to get hit with a flood of alt-right abuse.) ” THOMAS S. KIDD, PHD. From an article on TGC 8/1/2017

  3. Tom says:

    I don’t believe you shouldn’t discuss race issues but I don’t see a lot of articles on the top 5 issues affecting African Americans cited in this video. Why is that?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u5hhOTjJiH4

  4. george canady says:

    Please Jemar don’t stop talking about race. Because of men like you those church men who remain angry at you for the light you show on their historic sin are forced to change even while they are complaining about you. I am reminded none of us would change with out pressure; that is the nature of sanctification. Keep the pressure on if you can take the blow back. Bring it. We need it.

  5. Noel Anderson says:

    Thanks for this background post which helps put your writing in context. A couple of observations on RAAN postings as a newer follower:

    (1) The audience is assumed to have an intimate familiarity with Eastern US history especially the civil war and the migration of African Americans to northeastern industrial cities around WWII. In areas like the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, these two events are less well known and have had reduced impact on social structures. The only General Lee I would recognize on sight is a car. We don’t have the public art, remembrance days, etc other parts of the country have.

    (2) “White privilege” gets painted with a pretty broad stroke where “economic privilege” or “political privilege” may be much more accurate. At times I’m left thinking “Where can I get some of this white privilege I’m alleged to have?”

  6. Dorena says:

    Excellent article Jemar. I’m deeply thankful for your work!
    My friends who have adopted or fostered kids post incessantly on those topics. And I get it. That has shaped their families. My friend whose son battles a brain tumor posts enlightening things for those of us who cannot relate to her struggle. As longtime bridge builders we can get weary from constant criticism and trolling. But there is a remnant who want to grow. Keep speaking up. We got your back!

  7. Jeremy says:

    So based on this article, there is no way the person saying “you talk about race too much” could ever be right. This article essentially says there is no such thing as talking about race too much, therefore, if one believes that there is, they’re wrong. And, to sum it up, if they can’t accept that they’re wrong, they just need to unfollow you. Hmmm. Seems pretty one sided…

    1. Daniel says:

      “Underneath the “all you talk about is race” comment is the assumption that someone is imagining racial issues that aren’t there. Saying you talk about race too much often means, “I think you’re making ‘x’ topic into a racial one when it really isn’t.” That might be true. Or it might not be true. It’s helpful for all sides to examine their assumptions.”

      He literally says, “That might be true.”

  8. george canady says:

    “…..another person who encourages me to keep doing what I’m doing.” ; that would be me.

    I would add another category to your list of those who should be accused of talking about race “too much” ; those of us to whom God has made the historic and on going church sin of racism “favoritism” so clear, not only by natural birth experience but more so by the new birth.

    Perhaps the reason someone might be annoyed by “too much” race talk is no natural birth in to the context of those directly effected or no new birth to have eyes to see the effect of the sin on our brothers and sisters, neighbors and enemies.

    Praying for us now.

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