After Uproar, Salvation Army Withdraws “Let’s Talk About Racism” Guide

( On Friday it was reported that The Salvation Army was asking donors to offer a “sincere apology” for white supremacy and white-dominated culture.

A resource guide crafted by The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission sought to urge donors to “understand and acknowledge the definitions of race and racism and how the social construct of race has affected society” and ultimately “lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed.”

The guide contains “five sessions” on racism and the Church, including “Self-Care for People of Color,” “What is Whiteness?” “Lamenting and Repenting – a Conversation Guide.”

It’s full of the usual drivel like claiming white people are both consciously and unconsciously racist. Donors are instructed to “stop trying to be ‘colorblind’” because viewing a world in which a person’s skin color doesn’t matter ignores our “God-given differences” not to mention “the beautiful cultures of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters.”

In one lesson, The Salvation Army declares that individual and systemic racism exists and we must stop denying it. And this racism is still working “to keep White Americans in power.”

Naturally, there was blowback.

On Monday, The Salvation Army released a statement claiming that the “Let’s Talk About Racism” guide was just a voluntary resource. They accused “some individuals and groups” of trying to “mislabel” what they were doing “to serve their own agendas.” They denied that they were promoting the idea that America is inherently racist, and defended their use of “internal study guides” arguing they are used “to help foster positive conversations.” However, the statement said, they are not trying to tell people how to think.

In response to the controversy, The Salvation Army stated that they try to provide accurate information, adding “some have chosen to ignore those efforts.” But, the statement explained, given the controversy, the International Headquarters decided that “certain aspects of the guide may need to be clarified.” As a result, The Salvation Army’s Social Justice Commission withdrew the guide “for appropriate review.”