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 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 Civil Rights, Race and Criminality, Race and Law Enforcement, Race and Police Brutality, Race and the Criminal Justice System

A round of applause for police brutality?

With the line of what is acceptable being crossed and then pushed back with each outlandish action from the current White House administration and decency being redefined to accommodate the indefensible behavior of President Donald Trump, it is hard not to become disgusted by the hypocrisy.  I am well past feeling disappointed.  What is acceptable, good and right is being… Continue reading A round of applause for police brutality?

"Black lives matter", Fear, Race and Criminality, Race and Law Enforcement, Race and Police Brutality

After the death of Philando Castile: What will we preach?

More videos have been released after a jury decided that the officer who shot and killed Mr. Philando Castile was not guilty of any charges.  A jury of his peers decided he did nothing wrong.  Mr. Castile is dead and this is just standard police training.  What’s most important is that the officer made it… Continue reading After the death of Philando Castile: What will we preach?

"Black lives matter", Race, Race and Criminality, Race and Law Enforcement, Race and Police Brutality, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Racial Attitude Awareness

Looking into the eyes of the law after the death of Philando Castile

"I wasn't reaching for it."  The last words of Mr. Philando Castile were to his defense.  He wasn't doing anything wrong and according to him, he wasn't going to.  Still, he was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer in front of his distraught girlfriend, Diamond and her four year old daughter. Dead after a traffic… Continue reading Looking into the eyes of the law after the death of Philando Castile

"Black lives matter", Hate Crimes, Race, Race and Criminality, Race and Law Enforcement

Mister Trayvon Martin

He was seventeen years old. He was murdered five years ago today. He was a child, never to become a man. Leonard Pitts writes a searing op- ed that asks, "Trayvon Martin had to be guilty of something, right?" I cried as I read the article. The answer is no but many Americans needed him… Continue reading Mister Trayvon Martin