Many of us, in one way or another, have fallen asleep to the reality of the culture we live in. It’s almost unavoidable. After all, the beliefs and assumptions of our culture (whatever culture that may be) are like the air we breathe—we take them for granted, and may not even realize we have them. Especially as Christians, who should actively seek to question culture and change it for the better, we must be alert and pay attention. We must stay awake to realities around us.
One of the most important (and perennial) realities we need to recognize is how we as a society view racial identity? In my conversation with Ekemini Uwan, public theologian and co-host of the Truth’s Table Podcast, we discuss current racial issues of our time, (such as racism and white privilege) and how these issues affect the Church and our faith.
Ekemini Uwan explains how staying awake culturally enables us to better love one another and shoulder each other’s burdens. Believe me, I know: there are so many issues that it is easy to get overwhelmed and want to bow out of the conversation. But as I often remind myself, it is so important that we not neglect our call to justice-making. In this podcast, Ekemini offers us some ways that we can begin this work in our day to day lives.
Highlight from Today’s Episode:
- The powerful effects of being culturally awake
- The negative consequences of being culturally asleep
- Defining “woke,” white supremacy, and white privilege
- The importance of the journey in cultural learning
Resources From Today’s Show
- Find Ekemini on her website, Twitter, and Instagram
- Truth’s Table
- NPR’s Code Switch
- This American Life
- Scene on Radio
- African American Intellectual Historical Society
- Be The Bridge
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- If we want to see righteousness reign, we must be committed to holiness, obedience and love for our neighbor. – Ekemini Uwan
- Apathy in the face of injustice is sin. – Ekemini Uwan
- I know the impact of not having representation. My mission is to reverse that where I can. – Ekemini Uwan
- It is okay to grow and awaken. Let [cultural issues] allow you to grow. -Chrystal Evans Hurst
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After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!
- Starting where you are and taking your own passions and personality into consideration, how can you begin to become culturally awake?
- Have you disengaged with the issue of racism today? Could it be your own privilege that has caused you to disengage?
- How can you depersonalize your narrative so that you can better see the “bigger picture” of systemic racism?
- Have you ever thought about how white supremacy affects people’s place in eternity? How does that motivate you to become more engaged?
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