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*Racial identity development* refers to the process of defining for oneself the personal significance and social meaning of belonging to a particular racial group. Racially mature people will assert not only that their race is a factor in how they experience the world but also that identity is more than skin deep.
A historical context is necessary for identifying and fighting racism in the present day. As we explore the causes and consequences of racism, history provides the vital context of the past to pursue solutions in the present that are rooted in a firm understanding of racial justice.
Understanding the problems of racial ruptures at a spiritual level can aid attempts to bring healing through reconciliation. And this understanding comes from the demonstrated truth that all reconciliation is relational: the Son of God becoming human in Jesus Christ.
We build better relationships when we offer friendship to people who are different from us, and when we do so in a way that honors their story and identity as well as engages us in the potentially uncomfortable work of listening to and learning from one another.