Definitions FOR THE RACE & CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Racial Prejudice: A preconceived judgment about someone based on the color of their skin. These pre-judgments often, but don't always, convey negative sentiments.
Racism: Racism is a complex system of internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic beliefs and practices. It results when prejudices are imbued with power such that they can create and sustain a society that advantages White people and disadvantage people of color. Because racism is incorporated into our social systems, it doesn't require people to have racist intentions or even to be aware of how they are contributing to racism to perpetuate injustice.
Reconciliation: "Reconciliation is an ongoing spiritual process involving forgiveness, repentance, and justice that restores broken relationships and systems to reflect God's original intention for all creation to flourish" (Roadmap to Reconciliation, 22). Read more about racial reconciliation in our glossary post or FAQ.
White People: People of Euro-American descent who are members of the dominant racial class in the United States.