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No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice Paperback – October 11, 2017
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About the Author
Shannon Craigo-Snell is Professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Christopher J. Doucot is cofounder of the Hartford Catholic Worker community in Hartford, Connecticut.
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One of the challenges facing (us) white folk is that we don’t know what we don’t know. These authors acknowledge that they are not the “ideal” source for the truth about opression in our time, but they saw this work as their contribution to bringing insight, perhaps even justice, to the current atmosphere in society (reflected - or perhaps extended - in the Church).
In keeping with their expressed desire to convey the truth, and connect readers with what they may not know yet, the authors connected with and included input from people personally affected by (and working toward alleviating) injustice. Listening to the people affected - believing them when they say, ‘this is how it is’ - is central to filling the gaps in our spotty educations.
What you read here will (I hope) horrify you, grieve you, and ultimately (I hope) awaken you to a broader reality than many of us (white folk) have had to face. Readers are challenged to rethink the different effects of systemic oppression and individuals’ identity, creating a valuable distinction, a clarity through contrast, in the way dominant (white, heterosexual) culture responds to injustice to the oppressed.
This isn’t a long book, and has the (mathematical) capacity to be read quickly, but the weight of discovery and the heaviness of processing (integrating) a “new” reality will mean this is a book to return to, and information to sit with. Even as it is hard.
My thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a digital copy of this book to review.