The introductory chapter reviews the basic thesis of the book: whiteness (which includes the normativity of white culture, white privilege, and white structural dominance) governs how interracial churches work. Therefore, interracial churches work to the extent that they are first comfortable places for whites to attend. The chapter explains what is meant by whiteness and why whiteness matters. An historical overview of religious race relations in the United States is also provided. And the methods employed for this study are briefly reviewed.
Keywords: African‐American, Christianity, interracial church, race, race relations, racial diversity, racial integration, religion, white cultural normativity, white privilege, white racial identity, white structural dominance, whiteness
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