Cross- cultural relationships, Diversity, Prejudice, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Immigration, Race and Language, Race and Place, Race and Predetermination, Race and the Attributes of God, Race and the Divine Image, Racism, Stereotypes, Symbols of Race

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,… Continue reading Acceptance

Race and Comedy, Symbols of Race, the N word

Words Matter: Bill Maher’s misidentification with the N- word

“Names have always been a problem for black people in America… our names bespeak the tangles of American culture—miscegenation, issues of property and ownership, the peculiar violence of our past—in the same way our skins do.” ~C.S. Giscombe, Into and Out of Dislocation, 2000 First a noose is found at the National Museum of African… Continue reading Words Matter: Bill Maher’s misidentification with the N- word

Hate Crimes, Healing from Race, Race, Race and symbols, Symbols of Race

Taking down statues and taking back history: Symbols that segregate

Recently, there has been a push to remove symbols of America's racial past, specifically those related to American slavery.  In 2015, the Confederate flag came under scrutiny in North Carolina after the murder of nine worshippers at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church by 21 year old Dylann Roof.  Roof wanted to start a race war and the flag seemed… Continue reading Taking down statues and taking back history: Symbols that segregate

Blackness, Fear, Healing from Race, Poetry, Race, Race and Culture, Racism, Stereotypes, Symbols of Race

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… Continue reading Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes

Hate Crimes, Healing from Race, Politics and Christian Witness, Race, Race and American Church history, Symbols of Race

After Emmanuel AME Church Murders: No Confederate Flags

Yesterday, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley did not hide behind the Confederate flag but said it has "no place" on statehouse grounds.  Charleston, South Carolina is being connected to Birmingham, Alabama of 1963.  The nine lives lost while gathering for prayer and Bible study are connected to the deaths of four little girls who came… Continue reading After Emmanuel AME Church Murders: No Confederate Flags