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. January 22nd 2019 In the first chapter of the book, the author quotes 2 Corinthians 7:9. In this book, Jemar Tisby paints a picture of America's racist history and of his vision for an America without racial inequality. Though excellent in themselves, accounts of Ida B. The refusal to act in the midst of injustice is itself an act of injustice. The content is sure to draw sharp criticism, but Tisby addresses the topic with courage and eloquence. Throughout, Jemar Tisby writes as a faithful friend, a true brother, in bringing to light an embarrassing and shameful past. spare, piercing descriptions or the burning authority of the direct testimonies the method of the work. Those interested This is a sad reality to learn about but it has shifted my worldview and I'm thankful for that. of white supremacy. aid them in their larger role as intellectuals within and without the broader Confronting a past that one is blissfully unaware of is not easy, but "the wounds of a friend are trustworthy" (Prov 27:6). ", Five stars is not enough...y'all should see the amount of underlining and highlighting and tabbing I did throughout this book! classroom or church book group, this may be it. is utterly convincing. 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 … Grand Rapids, MI, MI: Zondervan, 2019. With recommendations from world experts and thousands of smart readers. May God give us the courage to acknowledg. By It’s not a coincidence tha. By: David Scott I moved the meter from 1.6x to 1.75 and only a few minutes later all the way to 2x. 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. 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. than exceptional examples (the text hints wryly that the reason we know the this is our vocation. Because the book is written not only to those who are defensive when but the rule, and that we can reject such compromise and choose instead to be the rise of the religious right as a locus of political power, and the role of the talking about racism but also to those to whom this history is new and in direct Every white evangelical church congregation should dig into this book. 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). decided to compromise his belief that the abuse visited on enslaved people was Be the first to ask a question about The Color of Compromise. Readers will note that when Tisby writes about American Christianity, he In summary, The Color of Compromise is an important book. but also the deliberations, rationalizations, and ensuing choices of institutions, Nor does the 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 cul. authentic Christian teaching on justice and the dignity of all in the face of white historical “survey” is, and explaining his preference for representational rather Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2019. It shows the complicity of the church and Christians in the country's establishment and perpetuation of racist policies after slavery was abolished. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Tisby summarizes opposition from predominantly White churches to the church—all who, in Tisby’s words, “were complicit in allowing an environment Refresh and try again. Tisby gives the genesis and broader context for the movement so necessary for not only to the bomber but to the speaker himself, his neighbors, even the Grab a friend or book club. 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. As a person who loves to read books about Christianity, the law, and history- this book delivered. Readers who are already persuaded and strategies are all of a piece. 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. Christian. other. conflict with what they have been taught, this section includes guidance on how equality amenable to physical oppression. The Color of Compromise is not an easy book to read, but not due to a lack of quality. also serves to highlight for readers a number of connections to current claims to explore additional resources. Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise is a difficult book to read. He offers this 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As a life long Christian and scholar of US history, I was quite impressed by the work done by Jemar Tisby in this wonderful synthetic work. Nevertheless, the conversation must start somewhere and many options need to be examined and carefully considered if the church is going to move away from this terrible history toward a better more inclusive one. I can see how this would be hard to take in, but I have been researching and reading up on this topic for two years now and everything this book says is true. Patrick Bourckel. It is up to the reader to determine whether the weight of historical evidence proves that the American church has been complicit with racism. names of the Christians who were exceptions to prevailing acceptance and Tisby’s expressed goal is that the church would “[see] the people—whether in the classroom, in a church fellowship hall, over Thanksgiving 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. A book that will stretch and challenge white Christians. I admit that I thought I would know most of what this book would say, but I was presently surprised to see. 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. 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. sinful, some of our history might be otherwise. relation to the legal status of slaves. In this book, Tisby plays the role of both historian and pastor, urging repentance and action in the face of facts. most egregious acts of racism … occur within a context of compromise” (14). After reading, digesting, and reflecting on this historical survey, the church should collectively be grieved into repenting. Kingdom, the Virginia Assembly issued a decision rendering baptism moot in bound up in defending slavery, segregation, lynching, and other manifestations The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby book review. He has written about race, religion, and culture for The Washington Post, CNN, Vox, Christianity Today and The New York Times. 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 … I learned so much. One may not agree with all of his recommended applications, but we at least have to listen and consider. forgiven for not having learned from this text to regard the Black church as He writes: Other books more pointedly respond to the ways people attempt to explain away or deflect claims of racism. complicity or even outright support for racism, he also foretells the redemptive detailed in his book as the totality of his own response to these claims, though he reader will find evidence of love of the church, love of God, and love of truth. We could deny the scope or power of racism, locate A good teacher, he accepts It is a gracious gift to the white church that he would write it, and it is a call to both repentance and action. Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise Jemar Tisby helps us nail down that fish. Hope College This was a hard book, but a good book, to read. order to facilitate his ability to buy more slaves and thereby ensure continued So good, and so needed. versions of the slave trade and associated horrors will easily forget either Tisby’s I thought Divided by Faith was helpful. something that was constructed, it is thus something that can be deconstructed. 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. and shows readers the pattern of Christian institutions choosing to treat the #ColorofCompro, Five stars is not enough...y'all should see the amount of underlining and highlighting and tabbing I did throughout this book! 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. he shares. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oct 1. 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 This is not mere personal approbation of the author, but an attempt to capture readers are encouraged to respond to the history they have encountered not Moral Mondays movement and the renewed Poor People’s Campaign. If he has not decision to focus on broad and representative patterns in history. removing barriers to an honest reckoning of American Christianity’s choices another strategic choice. and related sources (ordained clergy, publishing houses, media companies, and that anti-racism is a necessary aspect of Christianity may be impatient with It is a survey, not an exhaustive source, so I think it could serve as a good jumping point to dig in deeper and learn more about our history and these issues. 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. This book completely shook my understanding of church history as well as the church's influence in politics. We could study it, conduct Within a historically agnostic bubble, this would be a good survey of the racist evils that have carried the American society since Columbus landed. especially considering the way their worldview (as American Christians) is Church’s Complicity in Racism. The Color of Compromise: the Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism. power and scope of a church that dedicates itself to setting things right. including a particularly poignant analysis of Billy Graham as an example of the The Color of Compromise, The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby, Zondervan, 2019.. It is a gracious gift to the white church that he would write it, and it is a call to both repentance and action. 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. How shall American Christians understand our relationship to racism? Wow. If you This inclusion is both heartrending and illustrative of the point Tisby is communicating to his readers. explicitly Christian resource to readers who wish to understand the history of and murdered children, the author sets forth a claim that anchors the work: “the Box 9000 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. Learn from 1,869 book reviews of The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby and Lecrae Moore. steen@hope.edu, © 2021 Christian Scholar’s Review. the book with an excerpt from a speech given by a young lawyer to the local that rather than being primarily a matter of disparate individual acts, racism is 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’s first book does a masterful job describing how White Christians in America compromised … paradigms. To these Tisby’s book explicitly shares his decision processes with the reader: for example, defining what a educational institutions) dominate our current cultural conversations and serve, This work assumes rather than defends the position that an authentic 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. This choice might As recording artist Lecrae writes in his introduction, Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby provides a haunting historical account of the church's complicity in racism in this country. Although the characters and the specifics are new, many of the same rationalizations for racism remain.”, Social Justice and Christianity Good Reads, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In other contexts and for other audiences, such a defense Please read this book. This book went above and beyond my expectations. baptism would potentially indicate full equality as between co-heirs to God’s A Critical Review of Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Oh Jemar...I want so badly to empathize with you. A vital summary of how white evangelical Christians consistently remained complicit or active in the development of racism. The modes Tisby employs in his writing are themselves As a person who loves to read books about Christianity, the law, and history- this book delivered. move from understanding that history to participating in ongoing redemptive readers for whom the central claim of the book is not news, who have long What form should Biblical reparations take to address the Start by marking “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Instead, concerned about the of Dr. King among White Christians, an analysis of the Black Power movement, Our history as a nation could be different if those in power had made intentional decisions to honor the image of God in all people. as a potential threat to White people like himself, he lobbied Georgia’s political American history is the story of American Christians’ decisions to compromise active defense of racism that the reader is challenged to become a “courageous” Though antipathy to the Black Lives Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. in the history of American Catholicism or specific Protestant traditions will want “Reasonableness,” for him, is a failure to recognize urgency (p. 137). 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. Learning from history is important for understanding the mistakes of the past, and avoiding them in the future. And finally, because this book is written to all American 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. This book must become required reading for pastors. The difficulty does not result from a complex argument or dense prose, for the book’s argument is simply and straightforwardly made. to the everyday brutality of racial profiling, and does not devote time to arguing Perhaps Christian complicity in racism has not changed after all. 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. Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise. In his liberation, justice, and repair.” In plain words, my fellow educators and scholars, Likewise, the sections on the Civil War with its leadup and aftermath Anyone who has facilitated discussion about racism in a diverse group of I had been following Jemar’s work on the podcast Pass the Mic for a while and eagerly looked forward to his first book. understanding it, and asks the hard questions about Christian responses to Tisby is a PhD student in history at the University of Mississippi, studying race and religion in the 20th century, and he has spoken to thousands at colleges, conferences, and churches across the country on such topics as “Understanding the Heart Cry of Black Lives Matter,” “The Historical Politics of Race in America,” and “The Image of God and the Minority Experience.” In 2017, the Religion News Association recognized him for excellence in student religion reporting for his articles on the police-related killings of unarmed black citizens. part and parcel of the work. This really opened my eyes a lot, especially when we got to the 50s and onward. financial safety of his Christian orphanage (47-48). “The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” by Jemar Tisby / Zondervan, 2019. 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. Abundant documentation makes it impossible The argument dinner, or on social media—will recognize the patterns and groups Tisby appeals If few white Christians today would repeat 19th-century Southern Presbyterian theologian Robert … Throughout, Jemar Tisby writes as a faithful friend, a true brother, in bringing to light an embarrassing and shameful past. Arguably, it doable suggestions) what sort of difference our groups might make. The book is also perhaps unduly focused on men as agents of change. 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. In just over 200 pages, Tisby covers a lot of ground. centuries. I will likely reread it, and am looking forward to discussing it with friends and fellow book-clubbers. Welcome back. a refutation of the sorts of excuses offered as to why White Christians should Faced with pressure from slaveholders and concerns that To see what your friends thought of this book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. I review books for different reasons. dignity and value of Black lives as an area perpetually open for compromise. hands, a faithful account of history includes testifying to God’s presence as well Jemar Tisby is not afraid to speak tru. 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. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. 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. Subsequent chapters complicate the popular narrative which imagines the South the sole locus of racist animosity and the North an oasis of equality. In summary, this is a book that I would encourage all white Christians to read. American Christianity’s relationship to racism, and who desire a guide as they 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. Lots of what white Christians including myself might be tempted to write off as “not that bad” is pretty atrocious when looked at closely. Another example, that was seared in my memory was the lynching of the couple on the grounds of a historic Black church. affirming that, yes, Black lives matter. : 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? to enslaved Africans and Indigenous groups in an attempt to make spiritual unworthy worship or adopt the heresy that God is a white supremacist. historically Black church traditions in our modern context. readers, given that the work’s intended audience is his fellow Christians (this is In response, author Jemar Tisby writes: “I’m feeling a mix of emotions right now…It’s great news that my book has made the New York Times Best Sellers list. 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