Item description for The Truth in Black & White: A New Look at the Shifting Landscape of Race, Religion, and Politics in America Today by Harry R. Jackson, Jr....
Overview As the United States heads toward the 2008 presidential election, Jackson presents his vision for what the new political agenda items will be for the church, and discusses how they line up with the issues and circumstances faced by African Americans.
Publishers Description As we are bombarded almost daily with the latest news on the presidential candidates or the newest political scandal, we lose focus on the important, far-reaching platforms that we as Christians should be whole-heartedly a part of. Pastor Jackson believes that churches hold the answer to this loss of focus and addresses it at length in The Truth in Black and White. Breaking down the walls of partisanship and stereotypes to uncover the poisonous roots, Jackson stands up for Christian justice and Godly righteousness coming from the church and into the public square. Above that, he issues a call back to truth as the impetus for arresting the downward spiral of culture, including politics, and correcting the course for the benefit of all Americans.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.41" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1599792680 ISBN13 9781599792682
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More About Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
Harry R. Jackson Jr. is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a 3,000-member congregation just outside the nation's capital. With a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard University, Bishop Jackson's writing is featured in periodicals such as the "Washington Post," the "New York Times," the Associated Press, "Charisma," "Ministry Today," "The Church Report," and "The Christian Post." Bishop Jackson has appeared on "CBS Evening News," MSNBC, BET, "The O'Reilly Factor" on FOX, and the Christian networks CBN and TBN. He is also the founder and president of High Impact Leadership Coalition and the International Communion of Evangelical Churches. He and his wife, Michele, have two daughters and live in College Park, Maryland.
Harry R. Jackson currently resides in Beltsville College Park Colleg.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Truth In Black & White?
Everyone Needs to Read This Before November Jun 24, 2008
I am impressed...
This is a critical year for America...Christians hold the power to turn the tide of separatism, unfair politics and societal issues toward the upward side of the equation. We just need to know how and where to stand.
This book is a catalog of information and principle. It relies heavily on the biblical mandate to make a difference in society and the world. Although it does not list the statistical analyses of the information like a textbook, you can see the research has been done through the factual representations. It is most of all inspiring to all black Christians(and other races)to complete the task God has prepared them for...to be an instrument of restoration and rebuilding in the nation...to bring about revival within the moral fabric of society...to ensure the next generation will not face the struggles we face to maintain a moral compass or perhaps face worse obstacles than what we have.
Good job, Bishop Jackson! Isn't there a way to get this book in the hands of every black American of faith during the next months? I surely hope and pray it will happen!
The Truth in Black & White Jun 21, 2008
This book is an encouraging vision of how blacks and whites can come together to solve America's most pressing problems. I have wondered why we can't get a long for years.
Well Written, but Poorly Researched Jun 21, 2008
In this well written work, Jackson examines faith in the public realm and attempts to offer a solution to the two-party political system that continues to dominate American politics.
Jackson attempts to portray himself as extending the legacy of MLK, and bases his argument on the belief that the black church is (at best) an amoral politically liberal organization with bad social capital. This, according to Jackson, produces Black Christians who don't live out their faith, which, for Jackson is evident in the high level of social ills that continue to plague black communities. Race-baters, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are not the solution. The solution, this Jackson argues, is for blacks to make a stronger commitment to Jesus Christ, cut their ties from liberal politicians, form stronger families, and to create stronger networks with other communities and churches (megachurches) in order to produce the social capital needed for this group to empower themselves. This strategy works for middle class blacks, and Jackson argues, will work for lower class blacks as well.
First, historical and sociological works on the black church show that spiritual development and community development activities have long been a hallmark of this institution. Second, though oftentimes problematic, research shows the platform that race-baters articulate are merely a reflection of long held beliefs of (a large portion) the black community. And, even if we look at the mores of the black middle class, we see that while some do not agree with the tactics Al and Jesse, they (strongly) agree with their viewpoint. Third, the progress of race relations Harry Jackson presents is (again) problematic. America remains segregated on lines of race and class, and furthermore, while we applaud the accomplishments the black professional class (of which I am apart of), looking at the numbers, we see that the only thing that has changed in the past forty years is that blacks who received their degrees from Morehouse, Spelman, and Howard now send their kids to Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. More clearly, the social policies of the past forty years (as one distinguished professor recently told me) have only helped the black middle class replicate itself. And, as Mary Patillo shows, this replication is not without its problems. Fourth, black women outnumber black men at a 2:1 ratio. Even if we don't factor in personal preference, that leaves us with a 50% marriage rate (at best) in the black community.
Sixth, the social capital solution is a shaky one. A recent report from the Joint Center shows that even a large portion of financially successful black churches have either not been contacted by the gov about participation or have found the process to receive funds (and thus improve their social capital) too cumbersome.
Fifth, and most importantly, the author did not address the most pressing issue of Jesus', MLK's, and even our generation, which is this: greed. Capitalism and deindustrialization have destroyed urban communities, and surprisingly, the solutions he offers are, at best, weak and in line with his politics of his party.
In conclusion, though I commend the author for attempting to address a definite problem in American/Religious politics, I found this work to be a clearly articulated, but poorly researched partisan commentary on faith in the public. To not given meaningful attention to his own parties blunders in the handling of issues of race and class are, as a black male, surprising, and his solutions problematic. To believe this, one only needs to follow the ministries, read the works of, and talk to some of the individuals he uses to prove his case.