Honest talk about white supremacy – Race Series – Talk 3 – Video

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Pastor Gary VanderPol preached on the uncomfortable-but-important topic of white supremacy as “smog” we all breathe and what it means to have the Gospel interrogate unjust systems.

Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20


  • Culture: how we do things & how we see things
  • Ethnicity: a large, complex group with a cohesive, comprehensive culture and history
  • Race: a social construct grouping people according to selected physical characteristics in order to establish white supremacy

References and Quotes:

Bishop Lesslie Newbigin

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed if it is not faced.” -James Baldwin

“Now we have half-stepped away from our long centuries of despoilment, promising, “Never again.” But still we are haunted. It is as though we have run up a credit-card bill and, having pledged to charge no more, remain befuddled that the balance does not disappear. The effects of that balance, interest accruing daily, are all around us.” -Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Indeed, in America there is a strange and powerful belief that if you stab a black person 10 times, the bleeding stops and the healing begins the moment the assailant drops the knife.” -Ta-Nehisi Coates

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