Racism and the SBC

Dwight McKissic is still annoyed that the Southern Baptist Convention is unable to find suitable minorities for upper-level positions within the denomination.

Five Entities: Southern Baptist Executive Committee (EC), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), International Mission Board (IMB), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), and Lifeway.

There are five questions that I plan to forward to five SBC entities (listed above), who have hired, or will be hiring a President for each entity, in the months ahead. If I get actual, specific answers to these questions …

The questions ask for hard numbers: How many minority applicants, how many were short-listed, et cetera, et cetera.

I have mixed feelings about this.

  • I don’t blame McKissic for being unhappy with the denomination’s foot-dragging on ending its ugly history of racism, and I think that at least some of the SBC leadership sincerely wants a more inclusive environment.

    But Ma and Pa Kettle out in the pews are never going to welcome minorities, especially here in the south — and that’s the way that is. These are Trump supporters who are ready to crash the entire country because they know they’ve lost the culture wars, and they think blacks and browns and college-educated women already have too much influence.

  • I dislike head-counts because they inevitably, unavoidably, conduce to quotas and corresponding injustices.

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