Dear White Peacemakers
Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace
Published by: MennoMedia
Race is one of the hardest topics to discuss in America. Many white Christians, fearing hurt feelings, misunderstanding, and anger, avoid talking about it altogether. But everything we know about overturning racism relies on white people becoming aware and engaging in change. Dear White Peacemakers is an encouraging and thoughtful guide for white Christian peacemakers on the journey to racial justice, gently pointing out blinds spots and reminding such readers that they have a vital part in this hard work and holy calling. Based in the Sermon on the Mount, this book offers everyday practices for transforming white shame, fragility, saviorism, and privilege and for building beloved community as an anti-racist peacemaker.
Author Osheta Moore is a trusted leader for peacemakers and racial justice and also a Black pastor in an interracial marriage who has served predominantly white congregations for over ten years.
Part 1 Longing (Dear White Peacemakers We Are the Beloved Community)
Chapter 1 Beloved Community
Chapter 2: The Beloved Community Under Attack
Chapter 3: Beloved Community Overcomes with Love
Part 2: Lamenting (dismantling white shame)
Chapter 4: You have permission to feel
Chapter 5: Turn those feelings in to prayer, solidarity, and repentance
Chapter 6: Embrace humility
Chapter 7: Seek to be in right relationship over being “right”
Chapter 8: You don’t know everything, this is a long journey of learning
Part 4: Learning (dismantling white saviorism)
Chapter 9: Why you tryna help? Is this yours to fix?
Chapter 10: What is your end goal?
Chapter 11: You’re not going to be loved all the time and that’s ok
Part 5: Leveraging (dismantling white privilege)
Chapter 12: Stay engage in this work, it does make a difference
Chapter 13: Use your body to protect black people
Chapter 14: Budget for Everyday Reparations
Part 6: Living (Everyday practices of the Anti-racist peacemaker)
Chapter 15: Pray
Chapter 16: Say No
Chapter 17: Reject Anxiety
Chapter 18: Cultivate Judgement Free Spaces