1/4 Last night's convo still got me thinking. @esglaude in Democracy in Black talks about racial *habits.* That was a new layer for me:

1. Racial prejudice in hearts
2. Racial animosity in relationships
3. Racial habits that frame lives
4. Racial systems that order society
2/4 What are some of our racial habits in America? Claude mentions a few, I add some too:

1. Denial/minimization of race (Glaude calls this "masking")
2. Disremembering/distorting our history of race
3. Racial separation/isolation
4. Making assumptions through stereotypes
3/4 What if Christians started replacing these racial habits with Xn *spiritual* habits?

1. Confessing instead of denying
2. Remembering & truth-telling instead of disremembering
3. Breaking bread across difference instead of isolation
4. Asking & listening instead of assuming
4/4 This wouldn't magically solve our issues, but it'd help us think about that often invisible 3rd layer of racialized *habits.* So we don't just look for prejudice or animosity, but we pay attn to our habits. It may also bridge the way to seeing how racism works in our systems.

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This is how it ends for us, isn't it?
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This was outstanding. My feeble attempt at a summary:

Human ideologies take a *good* thing in God's creation and deifies it to replace God as sovereign. This is the fatal mistake that ends up dehumanizing. The problem of ideology is at its core idolatry. Image
Liberalism lifts up the individual (a good!). But when the individual is made the savior and sovereign over ALL of life, it results in the loss of social cohesion and self-serving isolation.
Nationalism lifts up the ethnic group or nation-state (a good!). But when one ethnic group is made the Savior and Sovereign over ALL of life, it results in racial oppression and the violence of empire.
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1. Acknowledge that you feel overwhelmed to God. Name it, don't ignore, deny, or shame the feeling away. It's ok to have that feeling. Jesus knows what it's like.
2. Admit that what you're trying to do is really hard. Like actually say out loud "This is really hard." To yourself and to God.
3. Break down the massive work that needs to be done into smaller, concrete steps.
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6. Repeat.
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