Juneteenth: A Reminder of “White Denial”

Juneteenth. It’s now a federal holiday and goes by many names: Juneteenth, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Freedom Day. Its government name is Juneteenth National Independence Day though some Republican lawmakers disagreed with the name, believing it created more division. Still, most of the fourteen Republican members of the House of Representatives who voted […]

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Season 2 of the Raceless Gospel podcast is coming this summer!

The doors of the church are open, open on Sundays but closed on most others. Closed mouth to some conversations. “No comment.” Closed eyes to some views. “See no evil.” Closed off to some bodies that we recreate as “other” as if a human being can be something other than that. “Hands off. Don’t touch […]

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Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre 100 years later

My legs are shaking. I am in Tulsa this week, trying to find my footing on the ground that has held a story, held down for far too long. It is hard to find the words too. Though the truth is not a surprise, it is no less difficult to comprehend. Who would do such […]

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Dead in the water: Raceless Identity as Baptismal Identity

Racism is often confused with race. So, when I say raceless, I am not suggesting that racism is not real. The sociopolitical construct that supports our hate is a fallacy but racism, prejudice, stereotyping and their progeny are facts and proof of an unequal reality. We are not post- racial or past this, not in […]

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Heavy

There is heaviness everywhere. Not the heaviness, nothing in particular. Not a heaviness, nothing in general. Just heaviness. All heavy. Heavy- lifting. Heavy- silence. Heavy- breathing. Heavy- hearted. Due to the heavy- handed, Which makes for labored human being. There is heaviness everywhere. Solid and dense. Weighty and murky. Unholy. Instead, very human. Heavy weight, […]

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