Advent, Meditation

Advent: This is not Jesus’ annual visit

Christmas does not come just once a year.  Jesus is not unpacked with the ornaments, apart of the tangled mass of colored lights.  Christmas does not begin when we put up the Christmas tree.  Neither pine needles nor the smell of cinnamon make it a reality.  Jesus cannot be hung up and taken down like… Continue reading Advent: This is not Jesus’ annual visit

American Identity, Assimilation, Race, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

The Race Trap

What is it that we see in race that we cannot see apart from it?  Why do we prefer to get closer to it than to ourselves?  This literal carnal identity, we are known by our skin.  It is the way of the world.  It is the way things are people remind me. No other… Continue reading The Race Trap

Meditation

No, thanks

It’s considered rude not to say, “Thank you.”  It is ruled the kind of basic, general, your mama taught you better, mind your manners, at least you can say kind of thing.  If you don’t, you are considered ungrateful and unworthy of the thing, the person, the event and any future gift- giving.  At least,… Continue reading No, thanks

Race, Race and Education, Racism and Higher Education

Racism 099: The Big (White) Man on Campus

"In the decades before the American Revolution, merchants and planters became not just the benefactors of colonial society but its new masters.  Slaveholders became college presidents.  The wealth of the traders determined the locations and decided the fates of colonial schools.  Profits from the sale and purchase of human beings paid for campuses and swelled… Continue reading Racism 099: The Big (White) Man on Campus

Healing from Race, Race, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

Overhearing Evil: Race offers the same old story

"After all these generations and centuries of practice, we still don't know how to see and talk about ourselves or each other.  We are at the same time obsessed with 'race' and wholly confounded by it." |Thomas Chatterton Williams, Self- Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race Oppressed and oppressor, master and slave, America has… Continue reading Overhearing Evil: Race offers the same old story

Healing from Race, Race, Race and Culture, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

Skintight: Race suggests there is a scarcity of human being

“After all these generations and centuries, we still don’t know how to see and talk about ourselves and each other.” | Thomas Chatterton Williams, Self- Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race Is that all you’ve got?  Is that all you have for me?  Is there nothing more to say about me, save these physical… Continue reading Skintight: Race suggests there is a scarcity of human being

Healing from Race, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Culture, Teaching Racelessness

Resisting Race

Race is a rule of law.  The color line is well- defined as each generation digs in their heels. "We shall not be moved."  We fold our arms and turn our backs.  We turn on each other and take turns hating the other. I hate you.  You hate me.  We hate them.  One way of… Continue reading Resisting Race