Salvation Army silent on impact of race-based training on fundraising

Salvation Army chapters across the country have seen a significant drop in donations in the weeks leading up to Christmas due to fallout from a racist training program, according to a nonprofit group that advocates policies ” color blind”.

The California, Massachusetts and Michigan chapters are among the Salvation Army sites cited by Color Us United as being impacted by its campaign against training materials, titled “Let’s Talk About Racism,” which includes theory principles criticism of race and anti-racist teachings.

The church’s national headquarters has yet to announce fundraising numbers for 2021, but it’s evident financial contributions to the Salvation Army have ‘dropped’, the spokesperson told reporters. of Color Us United, Christian Watson.

“It’s very clear that their numbers have been hit hard,” Watson said of The Salvation Army during a Jan. 19 virtual press conference. cause – and it is Color Us United’s particular efforts against the Salvation Army’s awakened curriculum.

As previously reported by The Daily Signal, one session includes definitions of individual, structural and institutional racism that claim white people are the beneficiaries of discriminatory policies. Another session argues that the larger Christian church, as well as the Salvation Army itself, have been infected with racism.

“What hasn’t changed is that racial groups are placed in a hierarchy, with white or lighter-skinned people at the top,” a sentence on page 2 reads.

Watson cited news reports that indicate a sharp drop in the Salvation Army’s annual fundraising campaign, called the Red Kettle Campaign. Boston.com, for example, found that donations to the Massachusetts Division were down 20% from 2020.

The Sacramento, Calif., chapter also missed the mark: Its end goal for 2021 was $320,000, but it had only raised about $93,000 as of Dec. 6, according to KTXL-TV (Fox 40).

Kenny Xu, president of Color Us United, read to reporters from a text he said he received Dec. 21 from a Salvation Army officer in central Michigan that refers to an infusion of “apologies sarcastic remarks from white residents for being white:

Locally, we are down about $100,000 in our fundraisers to date. My kettles are flooded daily with these white papers of excuses. I will have to face the budgetary realities of all this next January. But I don’t blame you guys. The military got into this situation no matter where the push to correct it came from.

Last week, the Daily Signal sought comment on the church and charity’s fundraising from David Jolley, director of communications for the Salvation Army’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Jolley didn’t respond until late Thursday afternoon, when he emailed to say that “due to notification delays across the country, we won’t have the grand fundraising total until mid-February or the end of February”.

“We are happy to share these totals once [they are] finalized in a few weeks,” he added, and said Salvation Army officials had not responded earlier because they “were at our National Advisory Council meeting last week.”

Fundraising figures may be available when the Salvation Army releases its next annual report in March. The charity raised $2.3 million in 2020, up from $1.9 million in 2019.

Founded in London in 1865 as a Christian church, the Salvation Army is widely known for its charitable work for the poor. The church is organized in a military-style structure that includes officers, soldiers, and other volunteers. Collectively, members of the church are known as Salvationists.

General Brian Peddle, a Canadian who is CEO and international leader of the Salvation Army, first announced the church’s “Let’s Talk About Racism” program for members in a May 2021 Facebook post.

In November, weeks after Xu and Color Us United began publicly condemning the material, the church said its New York-based International Social Justice Commission had removed the materials for “appropriate review.” They are currently not available online.

In a separate interview, Xu told the Daily Signal that the Salvation Army has every interest in revealing its fundraising numbers.

“If their donations don’t go down, they should be happy to tell you because they might turn around and say we had no effect,” Xu said of Color Us United’s campaign against the program. training. “But if their donations are down, it’s in their interest to point that out as well, because it means they should make major policy changes.”

Watson also told reporters that Color Us United wrote on Jan. 12 to the Salvation Army’s advisory board, national commander Kenneth Hodder and the charity’s four U.S. territorial commanders.

The letter identifies “four examples” of other awakening activities outside of the “Let’s Talk About Racism” program, he said without elaborating, and calls on the church to “lead the charge by saying that America is n is not a racist nation”.

“We ask The Salvation Army to reconsider its ideology and embrace its true calling, which is to serve Christ and to serve the world by serving Christ,” Watson said.

A December op-ed by Xu in The Wall Street Journal followed his similar Oct. 3 article in The Daily Signal and criticized the Salvation Army for what he called “an internal coalition of woke ideologues.”

The church responded with a letter to the Journal and a YouTube video from Hodder, the national commander. The Salvation Army has repeatedly denied Color Us United’s allegations in press releases and media appearances.

Color Us United’s nationwide petition has attracted more than 18,000 signatures calling on the church to revoke the “Let’s Talk About Racism” program.

The nonprofit advocacy group had set a Christmas deadline, which came and went, for the Salvation Army to apologize and make it clear that America is not a racist country.

“The deadline for their apology was for them, not for us,” Xu told the Daily Signal, adding:

Because that was when the media attention was at its peak. If they post anything that says we absolutely don’t believe America is a racist country, we give up the CRT entirely. [critical race theory] and we will get rid of our DEI [diversity, equity, and inclusion] because they don’t help anyone in inner city communities or white coal miners – if they did something during this pre-Christmas media cycle they would have a much better chance of recouping the support they lost .

Xu said he estimated Color Us United spent around $90,000 in their efforts to change the Salvation Army’s mind. His group used Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms in November and December to raise awareness about what he called the church’s embrace of critical race theory principles and support for d other ‘woke politics’.

About 300 of those who signed the petition are Salvation Army officers, according to Color Us United.

The church’s annual report says it has 3,317 officers in the United States and more than 27,000 worldwide.

“Our goal in 2022 is not to beat the Salvation Army,” Watson said. “Our goal is just to help them make the right decision and stand on their history of charitable and biblical foundations and endorse that America is not a racist nation, endorse that their employees don’t are not racist or privileged, and to endorse the fact that we all do better when we adopt a colorblind mindset.

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