Whenever I hear the term "anti-racism" I cringe a bit. I am reminded about a conversation and an initiative that took place 20 years ago. The chief of a native reserve adjacent to our town and I had regular conversations about white perceptions of natives and about native perceptions about white people.
The chief was an evangelical Christian who frequently preached in our local CRC while we were vacant. I suggested that we create an Anti-racism Coalition (ARC) consisting of a half dozen leaders from each of the two communities. He said that the term was too negative so he suggested Diversity Awareness Coalition.
He said that the native community was as racist as the white folks in town and that there was a need to bring both sides together to make each other aware of our differences. Awareness conquers bigotry ... usually.
So we did that. We had teams of two (one from each community) visit local factories to talk about misconceptions and racial stereotyping. They also visited school assemblies, held discussions in church basements, and met with civic officials.
Which leads me to my point: Denominational statements may have a point but how do those statements translate into local action at the congregational or classical level? Unless we start talking to each other -- across all racial and even socioeconomic lines -- we won't understand each other. That also certainly applies to our Christian school communities at all levels.
Diversity awareness is a two-way street that comes from dialogue and discussion. We can learn from our Safe Church documents and statements. Unless it comes alive within a congregational setting, it's just that: a document.