This is an incredible topic. Thanks for posting it up for discussion.
I have a lot to say, but I think I’ll start with answering: Is Christianity a white man’s religion?
Working within Sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi, Kenya, South Africa) I have heard this sentiment echoed in multiple groups. Its often followed by statements of colonisation and land grabbing. “White people gave us Jesus and took our land”. Given the ugly history of colonisation and apartheid within African countries, it is understandable why Christianity is associated with oppression, and brainwashing. This sentiment is felt in every country that has been colonised, from Australia, India, the entire African continent, all the way to Latin America.
While working in Eastern Africa, I noticed that there is an bitter undertone of resentment felt towards many mission groups. People see proselytism as means to receive funding, grants, or various forms of aid. “We will build a school if you become a Christian”. Locals often feel that their cultures are being replaced with western ideology, and it’s met with resistance especially from younger generations who are exposed to various philosophies of thought. Christian missionaries from the west are often seen as “White Saviours, coming to save African people from their blackness”.
When we examine the contents of the Bible, God does not condone racism or prejudices towards another race group. Jesus commands us to love our neighbours, he shows no prejudice towards the Woman at the Well. even though the Jews and the Samaritans hated each other.
The problem does not lie with Christianity. The problem lies with the people who misuse scripture towards their own selfish gain! Ghandi once said: "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. "
Presenting the gospel as non-racial when you have a history of colonisation, slavery and apartheid, requires sensitivity. Simply saying: Jesus loves you, isn’t enough. Like Lisa mentioned in her talk, people ask: If Jesus loves me, why does our race suffer so much? That being said I definitely feel that more people of colour (African, Indian, Aboringinal etc) need to be in apologetics to reach those who feel Christianity has destroyed their ethnic identity. This is not an issue that should be addressed by white apologists, although, they may understand the principals discussed, it needs to come from someone relatable, and not from the symbol of oppression.