The Salvation Army has denied being woke after an internal anti-racism guide was leaked to the public, resulting in the organization being publicly vilified by angry donors threatening to remove their funding and support.
The guide “Let’s Talk About Racism,” created by the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission and released earlier this year, is filled with the usual verbiage one can expect from a progressive twist on race relations ad the gospel, including promotion of aspects of Critical Race Theory. According to Church Leaders:
“TSA’s goals for those who go through the guide include that (white) participants will “lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed” and “develop action steps for continued personal and corporate growth towards a posture of humility and anti-racism…”
Criticisms of the guide include the fact that it presents racism as both an individual and a structural problem, denounces “color-blindness” as “dangerous,” and encourages participants to evaluate their own potential biases. The guide encourages people to lament and repent of personal and corporate sin, including passiveness, in relation to racism.
The guide tells white people that
“Lament requires us to search our hearts, determine where we have fallen and sincerely grieve. At this time, either alone or in a group, take time to lament. Acknowledge the Church’s complicity with racism and discrimination (past and present) and engage in confession and lament of our shortcomings, both personal and corporate, for not actively fighting against racism.”
Another study guide released by the Salvation Army explains:
“The subtle nature of racism is such that people who are not consciously racist easily function with the privileges, empowerment and benefits of the dominant ethnicity, thus unintentionally perpetuating injustice. It is important for the empowered generations, including those who inherited the cultures of their forbearers, to assess their present circumstances and work towards just and equal communities.”
In response to the backlash, TSA has defended the guide, but also pulled it down, noting:
“Elements of the recently issued “Let’s Talk About Racism” guide led some to believe we think they should apologize for the color of their skin, or that The Salvation Army may have abandoned its Biblical beliefs for another philosophy or ideology. That was never our intention, so the guide has been removed for appropriate review.”
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