White Evangelical Churches Use ‘Race Tests’ on People of Color, Study Claims!
Reader, interesting research "Race Tests" are performances by white individuals and groups, in the presence of incoming people of color. A new study explores why nominally welcoming churches remain racially segregated in the post-civil rights era. The reason may be due to clergy and congregants in white evangelical churches who execute what the authors term "race tests" on incoming people of color.
Race tests may be used to determine whether people of color are willing to serve the interests of whites in the church or to coerce people of color into leaving. After examining data gathered from seven majority white, evangelical churches across four states, the authors provide examples of both types of race tests.
"Bracey and Moore conclude that the American church is fighting against a centuries’ old habit of segregation. White Evangelical church members actively work, often implicitly, to maintain racial boundaries that serve their interests. Employed race tests and devastating microagressions are obvious barriers for people of color looking to belong in predominantly-White Christian spaces."