Jemar Tisby on The Red Letter Disciple

050: Jemar Tisby on the History of Racism, How Race, Religion, and Politics Are All Tied Together, and Developing a Plan to Fight Racism

When it comes to racial injustice, people often get caught up in the tangle of the diagnosis when what we need to pursue collectively is an antidote. Jemar Tisby is after a plan for racial reconciliation that goes beyond who did what. When the work becomes about people, everybody wins.


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Resources mentioned in the episode:

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby

Pass the Mic Podcast


Key insights from the episode: 

Jemar Tisby Quote The Red Letter Disciple

Race is a big part of history, no matter what you study. – Jemar Tisby

The applications, stories, and references in sermons were out of my cultural context. – Jemar Tisby

When studying racism, the root determines the fruit. – Jemar Tisby

Racism, religion, and politics are all tied together. You can study them separately, but they are mutually constitutive. – Jemar Tisby

At the heart of all this justice work is people. – Jemar Tisby

The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan. – Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby’s challenge: Go back and read the I Have a Dream speech.


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