Time for a new narrative on race?


Racial justice and the Common Good

There are many different ideas on how racial justice and structural change will be achieved. Not all of them can be regarded as ‘Common Good’.

The ‘white fragility’ approach is heavily promoted by the big corporates, and even by the Churches. But many leading Black thinkers reject race-reductionism, arguing that it will fail to deliver, that it will drive further division and worse, that it is in itself a new form of racism. Meanwhile, those engaging in iconoclasm and performative gesture politics may be inadvertently maintaining the power dynamics that exploit and divide.

A Common Good approach requires a cross-racial, cross-class solidarity to resist the forces that dehumanise. It will involve constructive steps to address structural injustice, but above all it is about treating each other with grace and love. The only way to achieve genuine change is through the obligations of love which are inseparable from relationships and from God, the source of love.

Watch the British conversation in the video below, or for an American perspective, watch the video discussion at the bottom of the page.

To go deeper, explore the links here:

Cedric Johnson Don’t let Blackwashing save the investor class (also podcast here

Toure Reed Toward Freedom: the Case Against Race Reductionism (book)

Adolph Reed Antiracism: A Neoliberal Alternative to a Left

Barbara & Karen Fields Revisiting RacecraftThe Soul of Inequality in American Life

Howard Thurman Jesus and the Disinherited (book)

Cedric Johnson The Triumph of Black Lives Matter and Neoliberal Redemption

Barbara & Karen Fields on racism and equality in America (video)

Revd James Lawson speaking at the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis (video)

John McWhorter ‘White Fragility’ is dehumanizing and talks down to Black people

Archdiocese of Westminster Being Black and Catholic (video)

Pastor Corey Brooks Police should not allow looting (video)

Toure Reed Why Liberals Separate Race from Class

Joe Hildebrand Obama on ‘activism’ and why left wokeism enables the right

The Rainbow Coalition of Chicago, 1969 (documentary)

Andrew Sullivan The Cascading Complexity of Diversity 

Justin Lee reading ‘White Fragility’ won’t make you anti racist

Batya Ungar-Sargon A New Black intelligentsia is pushing back

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