Recognizing prejudice and bias

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Exponential has been engaging in Candid Conversations on race, unity, and the Church for about a month now. On our upcoming fourth episode, Albert Tate, pastor of Fellowship Monrovia joins us for another conversation with Todd Wilson and Efrem Smith.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “prejudice”?

Perhaps the phrase conjures mental images of segregated drinking fountains, forced busing to integrate schools, or 1950’s soda fountains where people of color were not permitted to sit at the counter but instead ate their food out back.

Next time you’re speaking to a group of people, ask them to name one positive Arab-American pop-culture role model.

Make sure that they understand that the rule is that it must be a real person, not a cartoon character such as Aladdin. The problem is that many Americans struggle to name even one.

Is this because there aren’t any positive role models of Arab descent?

This is certainly doubtful.

Could the issue be that there is an underlying prejudice on the part of American culture against Arabic people?

Likely.

You see, the most dangerous kind of prejudice is the one we are not aware of.

This is why our conversation today is so important regarding prejudice and bias.

Our goals are:

  • To look at the prejudice and bias that all people experience
  • To equip people to embrace for discussions of their own on this topic
  • To help people to know how to recognize prejudice and bias and know how to respond to it in a Christ-like manner.

The following are 10 quotes from Albert Tate on leadership, taken from Brian Dodd’s website. They give a glimpse into Albert’s heart and approach to leadership and the current issues.

  1. Leadership isn’t something outside of me that I have to grasp but it’s something inside of me that I have to grow.
  2. I can relate to angry Jesus. Jesus just didn’t turn over tables. He turned over a whole system. We should be Flipping Tables of Injustice leaders. It’s hard to turn over a table of injustice when you’re sitting comfortably at it. Are you comfortably sitting at a table you should be flipping because of systems of injustice? Who’s not at your table and where are they? Have you made systems that make it hard for them to get there? Jesus flipped over tables, not people.
  3. Jesus washes everybody’s feet… even the one He knows who is about to betray him. It’s not enough for you to be a table flipping leader, you have to also be a foot washing leader.
  4. Just because you’re wrong doesn’t mean you’re worthless.
  5. This cancel culture is not a Christian culture. It’s dangerous. If you didn’t create me, how can you cancel me? If Jesus didn’t cancel Judas, I can’t cancel you.
  6. Who would be surprised by my compassion if I poured it on them?
  7. One of the worst things that can happen to you is not a life of failure, but a life of success. Just because you’re done doesn’t mean God is. We serve a God who doesn’t give up on you. If you still have breath in your body, you still have purpose in your chest.
  8. Leader, don’t lose your limp. You don’t need an “it” factor, you need a limp factor. You need to be a limping leader. We need more limping leaders. We need leaders walking in vulnerability. Failure ain’t failure. Failure is an invitation for God’s grace to show up in your life.
  9. Moses would see further than he would go. Joshua would go further than he would see.  We may not see the “furtherness” of our leadership. You don’t win because you come in first. You win because you finish.
  10. Let’s lead not for Likes tonight, but legacy tomorrow.

In our fourth episode of Candid Conversations on August 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Albert Tate joins us to unpack what people of color wish white leaders knew and embraced! Click here to register for this free webinar.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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