OAK PARK, IL – Among the cancel culture and woke mob, not to mention the Black Lives Matter movement, there is a theory that people who are born white are given advancements in the world that aren’t necessarily available to people of color. The theory of “white privilege” was discussed in 1988 by Peggy McIntosh, who referred to it as “an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, assurances, tools, maps, guides, codebooks, passports, visas, clothes, compass, emergency gear, and blank checks.” While some refute the idea, for the First United Oak Park Church, they have decided to combat white privilege by fasting from it.
While the image appears to be a meme worthy of the likes of Babylon Bee, it’s actually not a joke at all. As can be seen in the video below, the church website claimed, “For Lent, it is our prayer that in our spiritual disciplines we may grow as Christians, united in the body of Christ with people of all ages, nations, races, and origins.”
In an odd way off allegedly attempting unity, they added, “Our music will be drawn from the African American spirituals tradition, from South African freedom songs, from Native American traditions, and many, many more.”
Speaking to the congregation about the decision, Rev. Lydia Mulkey, the associate Pastor of Education, announced, “Now, in this fast from whiteness, of course, I cannot change the color of my skin or the way that that allows me to move through the world, but I can change what I listen to, whose voice I prioritize, and so that is kind of the plan for our worship services through Lent. We would fast for a time from prioritizing white voices, and that we would use the music and poetry of black, indigenous and people of color and see what the spirit might do among us.”
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Not feeling like that is enough, Rev. Mulkey added that they would be paying royalties for all the music being played. “We know that a lot of the music that we will want to use during this time of Lent will be spirituals and we know that those are public domain. That means they’re free to use. We don’t pay to use those. A lot of the white European music that we use, we do pay for through licensing, and that licensing ensures that artists are paid for their work. The ways that black artists have been under compensated or uncompensated is unjust. And so we will be paying royalties during this Lent, on our spirituals, on public domain works that we use. And the Chicago music school, the completely free music school for the young people of Chicago, they have agreed to receive those royalties from us. We are looking forward to finding out what God might do among us during this Lent.”
One person, as can be seen below, visited the church and its sign explaining the fast from white privilege.
In another video, one person decided to check the church for how much diversity it promotes in positions of leadership. It might be shocking, but their fast from white privilege appears to extend only to the congregation.