Acceptance

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ has accepted you.” | Romans 15.7, NIV Spawned by reports of the current American president’s remarks on immigration, which included speaking of Haiti and the entire continent of Africa (i.e. some 54 countries and two de facto territories) in terms unbecoming of a human being– much less a president, […]

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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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Beyond Stereotypes

There is more to be seen of you and me than what has been thought visible and thereby obvious.  There is more to who we are.  In fact, we are quite literally scratching and picking on the surface of our humanity when we only look at the social coloring of skin.  We can’t move past […]

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Tiffany Jana speaks about the power of privilege

Let’s keep the conversation going.  I love resources like these as they offer to those who are journeying with me a look at what often informs my understanding and writings on race and its progeny.   Tiffany Jana talks about social privileges.  She challenges some of the assumptions that come along with these cultural biases […]

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Five facts about the life of race

Race is a modern invention of the European Enlightenment: “European Enlightenment thinkers retained the Greek ideal of reason, as well as this reason’s categorical function of discriminating between the cultured (now called the ‘civilized) and the ‘barbarian’ (the ‘savage’ or the ‘primitive’). It can be argued, in fact, that the Enlightenment’s declaration of itself as […]

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A Psalmist’s Testimony of Deliverance

The thirty- fourth psalm is an oldie but goodie.  Its introduction used at the start of countless worship services: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (34.1).  It is truth and aspiration.  We should bless the Lord all the time but we don’t.  It’s easier to […]

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Tiger Mom Says She’s Queen of the Jungle

She calls herself the “Tiger Mom.” Amy Chua once suggested that Chinese mothers were better than mothers of other cultures.  Now, she has raised the stakes and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, has joined her this time in a book titled The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in […]

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