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Letters Across the Divide : Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith - David Anderson

Letters Across the Divide

Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith

Paperback Published: 1st February 2001
ISBN: 9780801063435
Number Of Pages: 160
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In this stirring book, two friends--a black minister and a white businessman--discuss candidly the hang-ups, stereotypes, and sins that inhibit interracial friendships. Some people may think that racism is no longer a problem in our society, but David Anderson and Brent Zuercher make an effective case for just the opposite: both black and white people still harbour wrong assumptions and resentments toward each other. Believing that the church is called to a deeply felt reconciliation between the races, Anderson and Zuercher strive to understand each other. They hash out their differences, giving voice to feelings most of us have had but would never express out loud. The result is a book that provokes thought, arouses emotion, and ultimately spurs actions, stressing that the most effective way of dealing with the many facets of racial reconciliation is through real and connected friendships.

Prologue: A Note to the Reader from Davidp. 7
The start of a conversationp. 11
What is racism?p. 16
Can we ever eliminate racism and attain reconciliation?p. 23
Why are blacks so angry?p. 30
Is another civil war coming?p. 40
Why is everything a racial issue with blacks?p. 48
Equality in what and for whom?p. 57
Why do I have to call you "African American"?p. 74
What is African American culture?p. 81
Is Black English okay?p. 86
How do you react to public incidents of racism?p. 94
Where am I on the continuum of racial reconciliation?p. 103
Who should apologize?p. 108
When should we forgive?p. 119
Reconciliation beginsp. 124
Epilogue: A Note to the Reader from Brentp. 134
Study Questions and Suggestionsp. 137
Articles Cited in Lettersp. 141
Suggested Readingp. 151
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ISBN: 9780801063435
ISBN-10: 0801063434
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 13.82  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.2

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