As an organization, Corner to Corner firmly believes that #BlackLivesMatter and that all people are created equal in the image of God (Imago Dei). We reject the ways that some Christians have historically used Scripture* to oppress and abuse our Black brothers and sisters. We lament the overt and covert ways in which some of America’s Christian Churches have been complicit in upholding systemic racism. We actively seek to be an organization that denies white supremacy and practices antiracism.
Jesus cared for both the physical lives and souls of those he loved. We believe that his love today should be displayed in word and deed. The Academy and Script to Screen are two programs that intentionally tackle the disparity in Economics and Education within Nashville.
The Coalition helps people to understand why the disparity exists and how to address it within an individuals’ sphere of influence, as well as systemically. Because we believe that our Faith calls us to Repentance and Reconciliation, we created The Coalition to help bring awareness, education, action steps, and accountability to anyone wishing to practice antiracism. We will continue to use our voice and platform to amplify other Black voices in our community. We will continue to pass the power to those equally deserving, but often underestimated or overlooked. We will continue to love our neighbor and our city, while acknowledging that a middle eastern man named Jesus is the only Savior of every nation, tongue, and tribe. Join as as we journey together, practicing Antiracism and loving our neighbor with our whole lives.
*One such example is the 2018 Renouncing of the Doctrine of the “Curse of Ham” as a justification for racism by the Southern Baptist Convention.
*Another example is the rebirth of the KKK after The Birth of a Nation film. On Thanksgiving Day in 1915, a former Methodist circuit-rider assembled a group of white men to hold a ceremony. They ascended to the top of Stone Mountain, and in a ritual taken from Scotch-Irish lore, they burned a cross. They also constructed an altar of stone and placed on it an American flag and a Bible opened to Romans 12, a chapter that states, among other things, “be devoted to one another in love.” The KKK interspersed Christianity with racism to create a nationalistic form of religion that excluded all but American-born, Protestant white men and women. – Jemar Tisby