Lynching, nooses and the violence of silence

James Baldwin looked down at the red clay hills of Georgia and thought “that this earth had acquired its color from the blood that dripped down from the trees.”  That lynching is a part of America’s troubled history cannot be overstated and yet it is not often talked about.  Still, Billie Holiday sang of its […]

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Justice runs out of time for Kalief Browder

  A deeply troubling and painful story to watch, the short life and unfair death of Kalief Browder is shared with viewers in a new 6- part documentary on Spike. If you believe in justice or if you question its credibility, then you will want to watch.  Arrested at sixteen years old after being accused […]

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Only Human

It seems that we are not satisfied with our humanity, that there is always a need to be something more than human, super human, a special set of humans.  In our quest, we often attempt to reduce the value and visibility of others.  Because we cannot be more human unless we make others less human.  We […]

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Who’s the Good Samaritan now?

Another day, another police officer-involved shooting. These national tragedies are happening with frightening regularity. So much so that we don’t need narration; we know the end from the beginning: “He had a gun.” “I felt that my life was in danger.” “He looks like a bad dude.” Release his mug shot. Talk about his past […]

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Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter

More than a chant or a hash tag, it cannot be argued that Black Lives Matter is a movement, putting pressure on social structures that continue to value some lives more than others.  Eerily similar to the declaration “I am a man” made during the Civil Rights Movement, I, along with so many others, cannot […]

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Freddie Gray: One Year Later

Many are asking what has changed one year after the senseless death of Freddie Gray. One year ago, the 21 year old man died after suffering a severed spinal cord after what has been described as “a wild ride” in the back of a police van.  The city of Baltimore burned before our eyes and today, […]

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Remember to Dream

More than remembering his name or his birthdate, each year I am challenged to remember the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  To be sure, it is God’s dream for humanity (Second Corinthians 5.11-21). Prophet and pastor, Dr. King is unmatched in his challenge to America’s citizens to be reconciled to one another.  Echoing […]

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