The Salvation Army issued a statement on Tuesday trying to walk back its racist claims in its “Let’s Talk About Racism” guide after facing backlash.
“Elements of the recently issued ‘Let’s Talk About Racism’ guide led some to believe we think they should apologize for the color of their skin, or that The Salvation Army may have abandoned its Biblical beliefs for another philosophy or ideology. That was never our intention, so the guide has been removed for appropriate review,” the announcement states.
The Salvation Army, along with the International Social Justice Commission, published the now-hidden 67-page booklet with the intent to “foster conversations about racism and race so that we can join together to fight the evil of racism and create a more just and equitable society.”
Read for yourself the racist trash that @SalvationArmyUS peddled and then tried to erase from the Internet.https://t.co/XoL33pBaKp
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 1, 2021
“Let’s Talk About Racism” also loosely outlines The Salvation Army’s desire to continue pushing critical theory from the top down and reorient the organization to change “personal (or corporate) worship life to ensure that I/we are pursuing racial equity and unity.”
The Salvation Army’s statement overlooks the problems in its document and instead chides unnamed “groups” for attempting to “mislabel our organization to serve their own agendas.”
“They have claimed that we believe our donors should apologize for their skin color, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that we have abandoned our Christian faith for one ideology or another. Those claims are simply false, and they distort the very goal of our work,” The Salvation Army claimed.