Hate Crimes, Immigration, James Baldwin, Race, White Supremacy, Whiteness

Here’s a thought and a prayer

I went to bed thinking about the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.  There was talk of a racist manifesto and the murderer writing about the "invasion of Hispanics."  El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen told reporters, "(It has) a nexus to potential hate crime."  #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism was trending on Twitter.  This morning, #TrumpsTerrorists has replaced… Continue reading Here’s a thought and a prayer

James Baldwin, Race, Race and Identity, Race and Theology, Racial Identity, Whiteness

The Lie of Race

"White people have not always been 'white,' nor will they always be 'white.'  It is a political alliance.  Things will change."  {Amoja Three Rivers} I begin with whiteness because all of the other social colors define themselves by it.  In fact, the other social colors exist for it.  Whiteness depends on blackness, for example, for… Continue reading The Lie of Race

Post-racial Christianity, Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and the Divine Image, Race and Theology, Teaching Racelessness, Whiteness

Before God Was White: The Rumblings of a Race-less Theology

"God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." ~ John 4.24, NRSV Halloween is over and yet, it seems nearly impossible to remove the mask of whiteness from the face of God.  Now a spooky, to be avoided, death- wielding deity, this socially colored white God has it in… Continue reading Before God Was White: The Rumblings of a Race-less Theology

Race, Race and Privilege, Racial Eliminativism, Talking About Race, Teaching Racelessness, White Privilege, Whiteness

White Privileges Denied

I wonder what our lives would be like if those who are privileged by race would deny these social entitlements.  What change could be brought about if when persons are offered a pass, a perk, a protection or the benefit of doubt, they would reject it?  How might we be challenged if we did not accept what we did not earn, if we… Continue reading White Privileges Denied

Post- racial, Post- racial Conversations, Post-racial Christianity, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Faith, Race and Identity, Raceless Christianity, Racial Eliminativism, Racial Identity, Whiteness

Unmasking Whiteness

"However painful it may be for me to accept this conclusion, I am obliged to state it: For the black man, there is only one destiny.  And it is white." ~ Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks "This contradictory longing to possess the reality of the Other, even though that reality is one that wounds… Continue reading Unmasking Whiteness

Race, White Privilege, Whiteness

Question Whiteness

Whiteness is not an identity but a privilege.  It is the only real race card for if whiteness ceased to exist, so would all the other social colors.  We could all throw our hands in.  Game over.  But, no deal. It is handed out, passed down as an American inheritance for the have's.  But, have not… Continue reading Question Whiteness

Race, Racial Identity, White Privilege, White Supremacy, Whiteness

Tearing Down the ‘White’ Wall of Silence

There has been much talk about the "blue wall of silence," that is the expectation, the unwritten rule, the code shared among those who wear blue and carry a badge to protect and cover for their fellow officer.  They have to stick together; it is the police officers against a dangerous world. They will take care of each… Continue reading Tearing Down the ‘White’ Wall of Silence