SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America

New York Univ. Jul. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781479840236. $28. REL
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Joshi (education, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.; New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground) explores the structures of white Christian privilege embedded in American institutions, laws, and culture. The first half of the book outlines the historical trajectory of white, Christian privilege through the emergence of national identity within the United States, ideals of white supremacy that are embedded within American culture, and the right (or denial) of citizenship. While the narrative is chronological, its intent is to outline salient past events that led to the present state. The next two chapters are arguably the most insightful, as they outline examples of those who have the privilege but are blind to it, and some of the inequities suffered by uneven privilege. The last chapter summarizes the major milestones needed to achieve to become a more inclusive society, and provides a glimpse of Joshi’s vision of an inclusive nation.
VERDICT This academic work views privilege almost exclusively through the lens of social justice. Recommended for readers interested in historical roots of religious freedom.

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