Letters: Accommodating Racism

The “accommodation” discussed in “Reimagining the Bible Belt” is new to me and explains a lot about Texas. In fact, school integration (and public areas integration) in Sherman, Texas, followed the “accommodationist” pattern, and while integration was accomplished without major conflict, it left the African-American community in a weakened position. Teachers from the African-American community, for example, were not given the same positions in the integrated schools.

I’m with [the authors] on the prophetic element missing in the evangelical church, but I have to admit that I’m very skeptical about being able to transform the evangelical church. The issues are theological and sociological, as you rightly note; I’m not sure they can be transformed.           

Terry Hoops
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