The current culture and media have highlighted a number of reports, which they claim prove a resurgence of racism in America. In particular, the emergence of Black Lives Matter and other protest groups have propagated an increasingly exploitive narrative, which asserts that racism has gotten worse, not better. And that, among other things, Black men are under siege. If this is an accurate assessment of the current times, the question is: how should the church respond? Alternatively, if this is a false narrative being spun by those intent on perpetuating racial unrest: how should the church respond? Or, if it’s a combination of the two: again, how should the Church respond?
Our Object is to produce a television series to challenge the Church, in general, and the Black Church, in particular, to move beyond racial labels and stereotypes established by secular society. Then to begin to see ourselves as God sees us—as God declares who we are as the body of Christ, the brotherhood and sisterhood of believers and the beloved community. This series will change the way we talk about race for the next few decades.
Our Goal is to call into question commonly held myths and proffer a biblical solution for perceived “Racism in America” in six major areas corresponding to the R.I.S.E. Principles root in a Biblical Worldview. This includes causing a paradigm shift in the way which the problem of race and race relations is conceptualized by both underscoring the role of the Church as advocates and change agents; as well as the force by, which to create opportunities to work collaboratively towards reconciliation and change.
We propose the production of a television special with TLN in a series of segments examining issues where racism is thought to exist. This special would air on Christian TV (NRBtv, TLN, BrioTV, The Word Network) and possibly a secular cable channel. After each segment of the series airs, we will suggest that there be a discussion in local churches of the material presented when possible. In order to make this project come to fruition, we need to raise $500,000.
- Alveda King, President of King for America and Political commentator
- Niger Innis: Chairman of CORE and CNN & Fox News Commentator
- Rev. Derek Parson: MLK impersonator
- Pastor Corey Brooks: Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church
- Rev. David Smith: Executive Director of Illinois Family Institute
- Greg Bogdan: Chief Operating Officer, Total Living Network (TLN)
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