Racism isn’t a matter of melanin; it’s a matter of power

From “With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America” by Susan K. Williams Smith

Karen Armstrong writes in The Case for God that in spite of the fact that all of the world’s faiths insist that “true spirituality must be expressed consistently in practical compassion,” that rarely happens. The evidence of the shortcomings of those who profess to believe in God is clear and obvious, as, despite belief in God and belief in the moral supremacy of the Constitution, human behavior has not indicated a weddedness to a belief that God requires mora, compassionate, and empathetic behavior of human beings toward each other, especially when it comes to race.

Jemar Tisby, in The Color of Compromise, says that “from the beginning of American colonization, Europeans crafted a Christianity that would allow them to spread the faith without confronting the exploitative economic system of slavery and the emerging social inequity based on color.” Americans practice, he said, either a “courageous” or a “complicit” Christianity, and noted that “white complicity with racism isn’t a matter of melanin; it’s a matter of power.”