WHITE PICKET FENCES: TURNING TOWARD LOVE IN A WORLD DIVIDED BY PRIVILEGE by Amy Julia Becker
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As an affluent white woman with southern roots and an Ivy League education, the author considers what it means to be a person of privilege and how privilege harms everyone--those who are excluded from it and those who benefit from it. Amy Julia Becker guides readers through her growing realization of how inequality has negatively impacted herself and others. "Privilege harms everyone," she writes, "those who are excluded from it and those who benefit from it." Black and white, rich and poor, strong and weak.
Through telling her own story, Amy Julia Becker shares her process to acknowledge and examine the injustice, oppression and silence that has characterized American history and her own life. These forces of division, social power and unequal opportunities are still active and relevant to the church, education system, and even the books we give our children to read today. She reflects on her upper-middle-class childhood both in the American South and later New England, her own struggles with perfectionism, and raising a child with a disability, in light of privilege.
Through reflections on parenting, family, and faith, Amy Julia Becker traces her process to discover how she can participate in actions and conversations of truth and love in order to bring wholeness and healing. "Identifying the wounds of privilege is one thing," she writes, "participating in their healing is even harder." She offers a challenge to readers: "This book is an invitation, especially for people from a similar cultural background to mine, to consider the reality of privilege, the benefits and wounds that come from privilege, and whether we can respond to the fact of our privilege with generosity, humility, and hope."
Winner of Christianity Today's 2018 Book Awards Award of Merit. Paperback 240 pp