Christian Theology and White Privilege in America

The Aquila Report | 1/4/2019 | Staff
Success and whiteness are not inherently co-joined. Neither are whiteness and intelligence nor whiteness and creativity. White privilege should not be traced to inherent characteristics in the white person. Out of the heart flow the issues of life. All races were born into sin, and all nations have the same depravity rooted deep in their hearts. Whites are not more sinful than those of any other color. We all wallow in the same mud.

White privilege can be defined as the inherent advantages possessed by a white person, especially those advantages that exist in western nations such as the United States. A few radical dictionaries extend this definition to include the cause for these advantages as being rooted in injustice.

Privilege - United - States - Beginnings - White

It would seem rather obvious that white privilege has existed in the United States from its beginnings. White people as a whole have dominated the demographics of America and the history of America. White people have controlled most of America’s wealth, and have occupied elevated positions in education, civil government, and business. Historically, this was mostly true of white males.

In our national conversation on white privilege we must admit that whiteness does give a person an added benefit in the pursuit of prosperity. In seeking any solution to the animosity that exists in a divided America today, white people need to begin by at least admitting that these differences do exist.

Extremes - Conversation - First - Idea - Privilege

However, we must guard against two extremes in this conversation. First, we must guard against the idea that white privilege comes from inherent whiteness: This is racism. Secondly, we must guard against the idea that white privilege comes from a unique inherent sinfulness that exist in whites more than it does in other races: This is also racism.

First, we must realize that whiteness is not inherently superior in itself. This must be...
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