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Hans Zatzka

White Jesus is sending me to hell. Or, at least according to the many many Christians that have found their way into my DMs after angrily reading one of my commentaries about racism.

While I have come to anticipate these kinds of messages, throughout the past few years, I have noticed an increasingly disturbing trend about identifying and noticing race and racism in the western Christian church: white Jesus will often damn you.

Growing up adopted in a Mennonite religious community that espoused colorblind ideology, I remember learning about white Jesus before I could name it.

White Jesus showed up in my picture books and in mission trips. …

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This past June, my husband and I celebrated five years of marriage. You can probably guess that celebrating our five-year anniversary during a revolution and a pandemic was not what we had planned. And yet, as a Racial Justice Educator, and a Black woman and in an interracial marriage, discussions about race are hardly new for me.

After all, racism has been around for centuries. Even though America may be in a moment of national race consciousness, the tactics of racism and performative allyship are not new. Many of us have been knew. In America, I’d contest that Black and Indigenous minorities have always been the most impacted by racism. Indeed, I have also found that interracial couples often experience racism in very targeted and very specific ways. …

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At the turn of the twentieth century, coal miners would use canaries in order to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases to humans. …


Bonita Chaim is a racial justice educator (in progress) in Mennonite and interfaith communities. She is the founder of The Ebenezer Project, and a bibliophile.

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