CFC Book Discussion: Jemar Tisby’s *The Color of Compromise*

The Camas Friends Book Discussion Group will begin a new book on Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm. Please join us this Spring as we read and discuss The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby.

We will be meeting via Zoom. Here is the Zoom info for joining: (Meeting ID: 347-822-642)


“The Color of Compromise takes readers on a historical journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War, covering the tragedy of Jim Crow laws and the victories of the Civil Rights era, to today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Author Jemar Tisby reveals the obvious—and the far more subtle—ways the American church has compromised what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.

Tisby uncovers the roots of sustained injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables that need to be turned in order to bring about real and lasting progress between black and white people. Through a story-driven survey of American Christianity’s racial past, he exposes the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have actively worked against racial justice, as well as the deafening silence of the white evangelical majority. Tisby shows that while there has been progress in fighting racism, historically the majority of the American church has failed to speak out against this evil. This ongoing complicity is a stain upon the church, and sadly, it continues today.

Tisby does more than diagnose the problem, however. He charts a path forward with intriguing ideas that further the conversation as he challenges us to reverse these patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, and immediate action. The Color of Compromise provides an accurate diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests creative ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people.”

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Here’s our tentative reading schedule:

Week Date Chapter Pages
Wk 1 Mar 25 Foreword and Ch 1: The Color of Compromise 9-24
Wk 2 Apr 1 Ch 2: Making Race in the Colonial Era

Ch 3: Understanding Liberty in the Age of Revolution and Revival

Wk 3 Apr 8 Ch 4: Institutionalizing Race in the Antebellum Era

Ch 5: Defending Slavery at the Onset of the Civil War

Wk 4 Apr 15 Ch 6: Reconstructing White Supremacy in the Jim Crow Era 88-110
Wk 5 Apr 22 Ch 7: Remembering the Complicity in the North 111-129
Wk 6 Apr 29 Ch 8: Compromising with Racism During the Civil Rights Movement 130-151
Wk 7 May 6 Ch 9: Organizing the Religious Right at the End of the Twentieth Century 152-171
Wk 8 May 13 Ch 10: Reconsidering Racial Reconciliation in the Age of Black Lives Matter 172-191
Wk 9 May 20 Ch 11: The Fierce Urgency of Now

Conclusion: Be Strong and Courageous