The Puzzle Box Top:
Seeing the Big Picture of Racism and American Evangelicalism
A Feature Review of
The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege
Hardback: IVP, 2017.
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Reviewed by Cynthia Beach
Watch for our interview with Ken Wytsma in our Fall 2017 magazine issue.
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My puzzle pieces were disparate. My African American student who overnighted with us and who, when he wandered the grocery aisles in my small (white) town, perspired heavily—as if he was distressed. Or that essay by Brent Staples, the African American who, when he roamed midnight sidewalks, would whistle Vivaldi to lessen the fears others had assigned his skin color. Or Hidden Figures when a smart woman’s heels click-clacked as she rushed out one building and into another to use the colored ladies restroom. I held the pieces, but not the picture until I read Ken Wytsma’s The Myth of Equality.
This Oregon pastor’s fourth book handed me the proverbial puzzle box lid that helped me fit together pieces to the disturbing puzzle, our American racism and white privilege. Finally, the picture was clear. When I finished this potent book, I thought, Now I get it. Now I see it.