Anne Cheng has written about the race card and its meaning for persons of color.
She asks, “What does it mean that the deep wound of race in this country has come to be euphemized as a card, a metaphor that acknowledges the rhetoric as such yet simultaneously materializes race into a finite object that can be dealt out, withheld, or trumped?
We share the same benefits from the sinful legacy of racism.
If we have no intention of offending someone else and no consciousness of racial bias, then we may feel resentful for being accused of racism.
Others may assume their congregation does not need to talk about racism, since they do not see their members reflecting racist actions or beliefs.
Even if a predominantly white church views itself as socially progressive and talks about concepts such as systemic racism, persons in these congregations may still harbor illusions about racism that prevent a deeper understanding of the problem.
If we are generally good people who feed and clothe the homeless and give our money to the poor, it can feel as if we are being unjustly accused of racism when the rest of our behavior shows our moral intentions.
Unfortunately, great harm comes to others not simply by our .
If we are not paying attention to how others are harmed by large social forces that may be out of our personal control but nevertheless benefit us in unjust ways, our inattentiveness to these social forces can be hurtful.
Paying attention to the ways racism continues to unjustly privilege white people and disadvantage people and communities of color enables us to see racism as much bigger than our intentions.