What I keep hearing is that more than outright hostility, a huge piece of the white church's complicity in America's original sin comes down to indifference to others. Indifference to the experience and sufferings of their black neighbors and even black brothers and sisters in churches -- including indifference to those "prophets who cry out."
As a white woman, Beyonce's video and subsequent Superbowl performance is like my sister having a really amazing party that I get to go to. The Beyonce performances of Formation are not our party. We are there, we get to be at the party. But we can't be blowing out the candles and expecting people to sing to us.
The history is complicated. We didn't create the system, and yet we are subject to its benefits and consequences. I have spent a great deal of time examining privilege and how it has affected me, a white woman. And through the exploration of my earlier, "less-evolved" self, I have made some startling discoveries.
From Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina, communities are suffering the lethal consequences of our collective silence about racial injustice. The church should be a source of truth in a nation that has lost its way. As the dominant religion in the United States, Christianity is directly implicated when we Christians fail to speak more honestly about the legacy of racial inequality.