The Color of Compromise

The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism

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Jemar Tisby
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Zondervan
    , January
     2019.
     256 pages.
     $21.99.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780310597261.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Andrew Manis forthcoming.

Description

The Color of Compromise takes readers on a historical journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War, covering the tragedy of Jim Crow laws and the victories of the Civil Rights era, to today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Author Jemar Tisby reveals the obvious—and the far more subtle—ways the American church has compromised what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.

Tisby uncovers the roots of sustained injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables that need to be turned in order to bring about real and lasting progress between black and white people. Through a story-driven survey of American Christianity’s racial past, he exposes the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have actively worked against racial justice, as well as the deafening silence of the white evangelical majority. Tisby shows that while there has been progress in fighting racism, historically the majority of the American church has failed to speak out against this evil. This ongoing complicity is a stain upon the church, and sadly, it continues today.

Tisby does more than diagnose the problem, however. He charts a path forward with intriguing ideas that further the conversation as he challenges us to reverse these patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, and immediate action. The Color of Compromise provides an accurate diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests creative ways

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jemar Tisby is President of The Witness, a Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, politics, and culture. He is also the co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast.  He has spoken nation-wide at conferences and his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, and Vox.  Jemar is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century. 

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