#TheDeclaration should not have worked. It’s too long. It had too many drafters. But it did work, and it is working. Why? I believe it’s because the message is the anthem of our era.
We publicly declare that what we hold in common in this confession is threatened by the festering infection of Eurocentric white nationalism and white supremacy.
The word courage or “counter-cultural witness” is typically reserved for those willing to die themselves rather than a term for those using oppressed minority groups as a bullet shield for their own existential anxieties about losing political power in a changing world.
Today the colonizing spirit leads Christian conferences to flash all (or nearly all) white speaker lineups without a blush, promote white worship music as the gold Christian standard around the world, and build mega churches in the mold of mega malls and amusement parks that serve hundreds of thousands music and scripture disconnected from parishioners’ local contexts and needs.