Bigger than sports

While still maintaining the name Cleveland Indians, the team will no longer be represented by the image of “Chief Woohoo,” the New York Times reports.  This racialized logo is set to disappear from uniforms in 2019 but can still be purchased at the team’s souvenir shop.  However, there is division on the decision.  There are […]

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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 […]

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The Church should take a knee… again

At a recent campaign rally in Alabama, the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, called African American football players who kneeled during the national anthem “sons of b—.”  Who he was endorsing and for what position is irrelevant now.  His candidate lost but a kind of radical patriotism has gained newfound momentum and energy.  Political pundits […]

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Mike Frost spins “A tale of two Christianities on its knees”

This week, I served at a conference for ministry leaders and their families in the mountains of North Carolina.  During one of the nightly sermons that was going really well, the preacher decided to use a sports analogy to make a theological point.  He began with the Dallas Cowboys and turned the sacred space into a man cave.  […]

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Change the name now

A new website, http://www.changethenamenow.org, is calling for the NFL to change the name of its Washington, D.C. football team because the name ‘redskin’ is a racial slur.  They have included a petition and hopes: That the Washington NFL franchise changes its name, mascot and logo; That the franchise develops a public educational campaign on the […]

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More than a game

The Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson reminds us in “Hail to the Washingtons” that it’s not just about sports and we cannot continue to play the game of race (i.e. denial, silent acceptance, blame- shifting, ‘historical fantasy’) as usual.  The use of the racial slur ‘red skin’ is inappropriate in every other context and should never […]

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A Nation takes on the NFL

The Oneida Indian Nation continues its fight against the use of the racial slur “redskin” by the Washington, D.C. football team reports The Washington Post.  And they have a spokesperson, Ray Albritter, who has met with NFL executives and recently, President Obama.  Dan Snyder, the team’s owner, is not backing down and neither is the […]

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