Healing from Race, lynching, Race, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Criminality, Race and Culture, Race and Law Enforcement

True Justice

In June, I visited The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  It is part of my work with the Louisville Institute for which I was awarded a pastoral study grant to examine the sociopolitical construct of race's influence on the malformation of Christian community.  My project centers around the work and… Continue reading True Justice

Hate Crimes, Race, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Criminality, Race and Culture, Race and Law Enforcement, Race and Movies

The Exonerated Five, the Emanuel Nine, and why we can’t lose count

Ava Marie DuVernay's documentary "When They See Us" tells the story of four African American boys and one Latino American boy falsely accused and mislabeled "The Central Park 5" after a female European American jogger, Trisha Meili, is viciously attacked and raped in April of 1989.  With contrived confessions but no DNA evidence to link the… Continue reading The Exonerated Five, the Emanuel Nine, and why we can’t lose count

Race, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Criminality, Race and Police Brutality

Clarence

A video recorded by his wife has been viewed more than five million times. It is not of Clarence playing in the yard with their children or him walking their dog. Instead, it is a video of Clarence being falsely identified, nearly handcuffed and arrested by a police officer. He fits the description of a… Continue reading Clarence

Race, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Criminality, Race and Law Enforcement

Sandra

Another day, another offense, to list them would elicit a lament.  Another video surfaces and we want to push it back down.  We turn up the television or the music to drown out the sound of her voice.  But, our silence is deafening. The truth we try to deny, we want so desperately to hide… Continue reading Sandra

"Black lives matter", Race, Race and Criminality, Race and Culture, Race and Music, Race and Police Brutality, Race and Protest

This is America

Recently, the news has covered incidents involving African American persons being physically and verbally assaulted, bullied, disturbed, falsely arrested, harassed and questioned for doing things considered normal in any other context or culture, that is, barbecuing, eating, shopping, sitting on one’s porch, sleeping, vacationing.  Persons would argue that there is an increase in such episodes.… Continue reading This is America

Race, Race and Criminality, Reconciliation

Race and reconciliation do not go together

"16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!… Continue reading Race and reconciliation do not go together

"Black lives matter", Race, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Criminality, Race and Sports

Death- defying protests

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right." | Rosa Parks "There's a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism." |Colin Kaepernick The NBA's Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum sent an email on Friday reminding its players that they are required to stand during the national anthem.  But, they… Continue reading Death- defying protests