Saturday, August 2, 2003
"Louisiana Black Church Will Pay Whites To Attend"
Jeremy Sexton sent me this link to a story in USA Today. (I see that Aaron blogged another version of the same story.)
I have mixed feelings about this sort of thing. On the one hand, I am extremely sympathetic with Bishop Caldwell's cause. On the other hand, his means seem pretty base. Regardless, I'll have to go check it out one day when we're in Shreveport having dinner at the casino. A nice match, don't you think?
I don't want to offend anyone, but I wonder how this would be received if the ethnicities were reversed. Wouldn't it hearken back to the days of slavery, days that are still a little too close for comfort? If so, this just goes to show that notions of ethnic equality must be nuanced, taking a variety of factors into account. If our thinking is too black & white when it comes to cross-ethnic relations, we are bound to fail in considering one another more highly than ourselves. For instance, if I'm white and it bothers me that black churches can do this but white churches can't, I'm barking up the wrong tree altogether.
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