For some reason, a white evangelical college in the 1990s thought this photo made good sense in their recruitment brochure:
If you come to our school, you too can be surrounded by flowers and adorable black children. You will feel so good about yourself.
For those of us who are slow on the uptake, let me just spell out one way this is weird. This is an ad for college. Maybe there would be, you know, black college students there? Who is this little girl, and why is she in a field of flowers with this woman?
In all seriousness, white evangelicals have often found it easier to direct their ministries toward black children than to work collaboratively with black adults. The former allows paternalism to go unchecked, while the latter requires white evangelicals to be open to change.