Jemar Tisby has done the church a tremendous service by documenting its pattern of racism during key epochs in American history and showing how repentance and institutional reform can happen. This isn't just a historical survey of the distant past but of events as recent as Black Lives Matter and the election of Trump, which at the very least ought to prompt Christian readers to examine how racism manifests in their midst in subtle ways today.
"The heartbeat of anti-racism is confession, is admission, is acknowledgement, is the willingness to be vulnerable," says Ibram Kendi in a recent podcast. He is not making a religious argument, and yet it is remarkable how drenched in religious rhetoric his argument is.
The advantages of retreating from the frenzy of politics and pursuing beauty as an end in itself.