BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Color of God: America, The Church and the Politics of Race is a clarion call to racial healing and reconciliation in a racially-polarized America, and an urgent message to Black America, to rise up and fulfill its divine destiny in the land of its birth. Highlighting the confluence of race, religion and politics, without being  overly polemic, the message contained in its pages will certainly captivate, provoke, educate, occasionally frustrate, even infuriate you regardless of which side of the political spectrum you belong to. The recent incidents of police brutality against unarmed Black men, the cold-blooded murder of Rev. (Senator) Clementa Pinckney and eight of his parishioners in church, by 21-yr. old White supremacist, Dylann Roof, not to mention the meteoric rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee of the Republican party for president of the United States, have once again thrown the spotlight on the issue of race in America. Some, like Andrew Hacker, have described America as comprising: "Two Nations, Black and White, Separate, Hostile and Unequal," emphasizing, in essence, the bifurcation of American society into two polar racial groups, with all the other races caught in the cross-fire between them. Further widening this chasm is the ever-multiplying tide of immigration to the US, rendering Israel Zangwill's metaphor of the 'Melting Pot,' obsolete; a misnomer. A 'Salad Bowl' motif has been touted, in light of this, as a more apt description of America. What is racism and what are its nuances? How has the Church contributed to the shaping of a racially- fragmented society and world? What is the panacea for America's racial wounds? How do we foster racial healing and reconciliation in this racially-fragile and toxic, yet increasingly pluralistic and multiracial American context?

THE COLOR OF GOD: America, The Church & The Politics of Race, will:

1. Expose the cancer of racism as a social, political, economic and legal construct, aimed at subjugation, control and dominance. 2. Highlight the Church's historical hypocrisy and, by extension its complicity, in the creation of a racially- fragmented American society and world. 3. Question the absolute absurdity of blaming the 'White man' and racism for all Black and minority woes. 4. Provoke the Black body-politic to reject and debunk any false notions and attitudes within the culture, that equate deviant and pathological behavior with 'Blackness' 5. Sensitize White America to the need to own the damage inflicted by the ideology of White Supremacy on entire populations, and to take steps to mitigate its legacy. 6. Elevate the discourse on restorative justice, the 'redemption and lift' of Black America, as fundamental to any real, healing and reconciliation. 7. Inspire a generation to take America’s ‘unfinished business’, racial healing and reconciliation, to its logical conclusion.

BOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This   book   has   been   over   20   years   in   the   making,   the   seeds   of   it   having   been   sown   in   my   heart   for   even longer. As   a   poor,   ghetto-stricken   and   economically-deprived   teenager,   raised   in   the   slums   of   Nima,   a   suburb of   Accra,   Ghana,   the   claims   of   Christ   and   tenets   of   Christianity,   revealed   in   the   Bible   and   studied   in   my Religious   Studies   class   in   high   school   seemed   right;   the   practice   of   this   same   religion   by   its   emissaries   from the   West   and   their   local   surrogates,   church   folks,   however,   seemed   wrong,   and   a   far   cry   from   what   Jesus taught. It   is   against   this   backdrop   that   I   cannot   help   but   thank,   first   and   foremost,   my   parents,   Herbert   and   Emma Dorothy   Donkor   (both   deceased),   for   instilling   the   fear   of   God   in   me,   shaping   my   earliest   impressions   of   what it   meant   to   be   a   Christian   through   character   and   dedicated   service   in   His   cause,   and   also   inculcating   in   me,   as teachers, the value of intellectual curiosity and rigor. A   big   thank   you   to      my   wife,   Felicia,   my   better   half,   for   her   indefatigable   spirit   and   support,   demonstrated through   countless   nights   and   hours   of   proof-reading,   critiquing   and   editing   the   manuscript.   There   is   nothing more re-assuring than knowing I can always count on you. Thanks   to   my   three   children   for   invaluable   life-lessons   learnt   that   no   classroom   could   ever   teach   -   Sharon,   my oldest   &   the   (main)   inspiration   behind   this   book,   Jude,   my   ‘only   begotten   son’,   for   taking   me   through   those episodes   at   Horace   Mann   Elementary   School,   where   as   the   only   Black   kids   in   the   entire   school   (together   with Sharon),   he   attempted   to   look   White   one   day   by   putting   powder   in   his   black   hair,   and   to   Chantel,   my   bilingual baby   girl,   for   exposing   me   to   another   dimension   of   cross-cultural   engagement,   as   a   Black   kid   learning   Spanish in a dual immersion school. A   special   thank   you   to   Dr.   Mensa   Otabil,   the   Founder   and   General   Overseer   of   International   Central   Gospel     Churches,   my   pastor   and   mentor,   whose   strength   of   character   and   leadership   have   always   been   an   example and inspiration to me. Thank   you   to   my   ministerial   colleagues   in   ICGC,   my   older   brother,   Rev.   Edwin   Donkor   (ICGC,   Kings   Temple, London),   Prophet   Christopher Annor,   my   brother-in-law,   and   pastor   of   Holy   Ghost   Temple, Accra,   Ghana,   and Pastor   Gracious   Awoye,   Pastor   of   ICGC,   Treasure   House,   my   comrade   in   ministry   from   the   very   inception   of ICGC. You   have   always   stood   by   me,   even   on   the   bed   of   affliction,   and   when      all   hope   seemed   to   be   lost.   God bless you. To    all    the    members    of    the    Presbytery,    pastors,    elders,    deacons    and    membership    of    the    entire    ICGC organization,   in   Africa,   Europe   and   the   United   states,   the   spiritual   nursery   where   my   ‘umbilical   cord’   was   cut, and   the   perfect   environment   for   my   evangelistic,   teaching,   leadership   and   missionary   gifts   to   emerge   and   be nurtured, I say a big thank you. To   Pastor   Ralph   Osabutey,   my   bosom   friend   and   brother   from   another   mother,   who   was   the   first   to   read   this manuscript   before   his   untimely   death.   Thought   we   would   be   combing   the   last   bit   of   gray   hair   on   our   bald heads   together;   it   was   not   meant   to   be,   but   I   know   you   are   smiling   on   me   today,   as   part   of   the   cloud   of witnesses. Continue to rest in peace, Ralph J. To   Dr.   Cephas   Narh   who   edited   the   first   manuscript   when   this   book   was   in   its   formative   stages   of   writing, thank   you,   sir.   More   grace   to   you.   May   He   multiply   your   time   and   seed   sown   into   my   life   and   this   project. Thank   you   to   Dr.   Frank   Opoku-Amoako   and   Mr.   Francis   Bondzie-Simpson,   also,   for   your   intense   scrutiny   and critique of this work. A big thank to my nephew Albert Amoani Jr. for your support in making this a reality. To   the   entire   membership   and   leadership   of   the   first   ICGC   planted   in   the   United   States,   the   beautiful, multiracial,   rainbow   church   birthed   in   Eaglerock,   and   later   in   Van   Nuys,   California,   in1995,   to   Bishop   Joe Kwapong,   Pastor   &   Mrs.   Marilyn   Allen,   Pastors   Casey   &   Sana   Diaz,   Evangelist   Liz   Grant   &   Elder   Goddy Erhahon,   Sisters   Gloria   Perez   and   Charlotte   Vincent,   I   say   a   special   thank   you.   You   all   served   as   my   family, the   essential   multiracial   and   cultural   matrix   God   placed   me   in   to   school   me   in   cross-cultural   missionary engagement and praxis. To you, I will be forever indebted. And finally, to Jehovah, the Great I AM, who formed me in my mother’s womb and called me to reveal His Son in and through me, I ascribe all praise and glory, for the wisdom embedded in the pages of this book, and the grace  and resilience to complete this project.

The Color of God

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Color of God: America, The Church and the Politics of Race is a clarion call to racial healing and reconciliation in a racially-polarized America, and an urgent message to Black America, to rise up and fulfill its divine destiny in the land of its birth. Highlighting the confluence of race, religion and politics, without being  overly polemic, the message contained in its pages will certainly captivate, provoke, educate, occasionally frustrate, even infuriate you regardless of which side of the political spectrum you belong to. The recent incidents of police brutality against unarmed Black men, the cold- blooded murder of Rev. (Senator) Clementa Pinckney and eight of his parishioners in church, by 21-yr. old White supremacist, Dylann Roof, not to mention the meteoric rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee of the Republican party for president of the United States, have once again thrown the spotlight on the issue of race in America. Some, like Andrew Hacker, have described America as comprising: "Two Nations, Black and White, Separate, Hostile and Unequal," emphasizing, in essence, the bifurcation of American society into two polar racial groups, with all the other races caught in the cross-fire between them. Further widening this chasm is the ever- multiplying tide of immigration to the US, rendering Israel Zangwill's metaphor of the 'Melting Pot,' obsolete; a misnomer. A 'Salad Bowl' motif has been touted, in light of this, as a more apt description of America. What is racism and what are its nuances? How has the Church contributed to the shaping of a racially- fragmented society and world? What is the panacea for America's racial wounds? How do we foster racial healing and reconciliation in this racially- fragile and toxic, yet increasingly pluralistic and multiracial American context?

THE COLOR OF GOD: America,

The Church & The Politics of

Race, will:

1. Expose the cancer of racism as a social, political, economic and legal construct, aimed at subjugation, control and dominance. 2. Highlight the Church's historical hypocrisy and, by extension its complicity, in the creation of a racially- fragmented American society and world. 3. Question the absolute absurdity of blaming the 'White man' and racism for all Black and minority woes. 4. Provoke the Black body-politic to reject and debunk any false notions and attitudes within the culture, that equate deviant and pathological behavior with 'Blackness' 5. Sensitize White America to the need to own the damage inflicted by the ideology of White Supremacy on entire populations, and to take steps to mitigate its legacy. 6. Elevate the discourse on restorative justice, the 'redemption and lift' of Black America, as fundamental to any real, healing and reconciliation. 7. Inspire a generation to take America’s ‘unfinished business’, racial healing and reconciliation, to its logical conclusion.

BOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This   book   has   been   over   20   years   in   the making,    the    seeds    of    it    having    been sown   in   my   heart   for   even   longer.   As   a poor,   ghetto-stricken   and   economically- deprived   teenager,   raised   in   the   slums of   Nima,   a   suburb   of   Accra,   Ghana,   the claims      of      Christ      and      tenets      of Christianity,    revealed    in    the    Bible    and studied   in   my   Religious   Studies   class   in high   school   seemed   right;   the   practice   of this   same   religion   by   its   emissaries   from the    West    and    their    local    surrogates, church   folks,   however,   seemed   wrong, and a far cry from what Jesus taught. It   is   against   this   backdrop   that   I   cannot help   but   thank,   first   and   foremost,   my parents,    Herbert    and    Emma    Dorothy Donkor   (both   deceased),   for   instilling   the fear   of   God   in   me,   shaping   my   earliest impressions    of    what    it    meant    to    be    a Christian       through       character       and dedicated   service   in   His   cause,   and   also inculcating   in   me,   as   teachers,   the   value of intellectual curiosity and rigor. A   big   thank   you   to      my   wife,   Felicia,   my better    half,    for    her    indefatigable    spirit and     support,     demonstrated     through countless    nights    and    hours    of    proof- reading,     critiquing     and     editing     the manuscript.   There   is   nothing   more   re- assuring    than    knowing    I    can    always count on you. Thanks      to      my      three      children      for invaluable    life-lessons    learnt    that    no classroom    could    ever    teach    -    Sharon, my     oldest     &     the     (main)     inspiration behind     this     book,     Jude,     my     ‘only begotten    son’,    for    taking    me    through those      episodes      at      Horace      Mann Elementary   School,   where   as   the   only Black   kids   in   the   entire   school   (together with    Sharon),    he    attempted    to    look White   one   day   by   putting   powder   in   his black   hair,   and   to   Chantel,   my   bilingual baby    girl,    for    exposing    me    to    another dimension             of             cross-cultural engagement,    as    a    Black    kid    learning Spanish in a dual immersion school. A   special   thank   you   to   Dr.   Mensa   Otabil, the   Founder   and   General   Overseer   of International   Central   Gospel      Churches, my   pastor   and   mentor,   whose   strength of   character   and   leadership   have   always been an example and inspiration to me. Thank   you   to   my   ministerial   colleagues in   ICGC,   my   older   brother,   Rev.   Edwin Donkor   (ICGC,   Kings   Temple,   London), Prophet   Christopher   Annor,   my   brother- in-law,   and   pastor   of   Holy   Ghost Temple, Accra,    Ghana,    and    Pastor    Gracious Awoye,     Pastor     of     ICGC,     Treasure House,   my   comrade   in   ministry   from   the very     inception     of     ICGC.     You     have always   stood   by   me,   even   on   the   bed   of affliction,   and   when      all   hope   seemed   to be lost. God bless you. To   all   the   members   of   the   Presbytery, pastors,         elders,         deacons         and membership      of      the      entire      ICGC organization,   in   Africa,   Europe   and   the United     states,     the     spiritual     nursery where   my   ‘umbilical   cord’   was   cut,   and the      perfect      environment      for      my evangelistic,    teaching,    leadership    and missionary     gifts     to     emerge     and     be nurtured, I say a big thank you. To   Pastor   Ralph   Osabutey,   my   bosom friend   and   brother   from   another   mother, who   was   the   first   to   read   this   manuscript before   his   untimely   death.   Thought   we would   be   combing   the   last   bit   of   gray hair   on   our   bald   heads   together;   it   was not    meant    to    be,    but    I    know    you    are smiling   on   me   today,   as   part   of   the   cloud of   witnesses.   Continue   to   rest   in   peace, Ralph J. To   Dr.   Cephas   Narh   who   edited   the   first manuscript    when    this    book    was    in    its formative   stages   of   writing,   thank   you, sir.   More   grace   to   you.   May   He   multiply your   time   and   seed   sown   into   my   life and   this   project.   Thank   you   to   Dr.   Frank Opoku-Amoako       and       Mr.       Francis Bondzie-Simpson,   also,   for   your   intense scrutiny   and   critique   of   this   work.   A   big thank   to   my   nephew   Albert   Amoani   Jr. for your support in making this a reality. To       the       entire       membership       and leadership   of   the   first   ICGC   planted   in the      United      States,      the      beautiful, multiracial,    rainbow    church    birthed    in Eaglerock,     and     later     in     Van     Nuys, California,      in1995,      to      Bishop      Joe Kwapong,   Pastor   &   Mrs.   Marilyn   Allen, Pastors   Casey   &   Sana   Diaz,   Evangelist Liz     Grant     &     Elder     Goddy     Erhahon, Sisters     Gloria     Perez     and     Charlotte Vincent,   I   say   a   special   thank   you.   You all    served    as    my    family,    the    essential multiracial     and     cultural     matrix     God placed    me    in    to    school    me    in    cross- cultural     missionary     engagement     and praxis. To you, I will be forever indebted. And finally, to Jehovah, the Great I AM, who formed me in my mother’s womb and called me to reveal His Son in and through me, I ascribe all praise and glory, for the wisdom embedded in the pages of this book, and the grace  and resilience to complete this project.

The Color of God

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