Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes

Trayvon Martin.  Most Americans know his name and the story of his death.  But, now his name is strangely associated with Halloween.  Apparently, some persons think that it is acceptable to dress like a dead child and in blackface, no less.  I cannot even begin to describe the callousness of those who think it good fun […]

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Understanding Race

I am continuing to explore the varied definitions and understandings of race in hopes of getting to the root of our tensions concerning it.  I want to disprove them all.  Ultimately, it is my desire to rid the social construct of its illusions and mystery by pinning it down with concrete descriptors.  It is important […]

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Hope and ‘Intractable Racism’

Christianity Today contributor Mark Galli writes about race and the gifts that the church brings to the conversation in an article titled “Hope in the Face of Intractable Racism.”  Gall questions doubts we will ever be done with racism, challenging laws that intend to “eradicate all forms of racism” and suggesting that it will take more […]

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Charleston: Killing Prayer

Many of us are waking up to the news of a shooting in Charleston at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  The shooter, a 21 year old man now identified as Dylann Roofer, actually attended the prayer service with his would- be victims before taking nine lives.  One woman who survived the shooting spree said that […]

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Karen Fitzgibbons: A blast from the past

A recent Facebook posting by a fourth grade teacher in Texas or maybe I should say former teacher of Friendship Independent School District has set off a firestorm.  Karen Fitzbiggons has said more than a mouthful in response to yet another example of police misconduct.  This time it was in McKinney, Texas at a pool party. […]

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