Race is not a body language. It is not a form of nonverbal communication as one’s physical features do not actually communicate physical behaviors. Because there must be a bad connection as the calls are all the same. Black is bad, can’t be half bad but must be all bad, a bad apple that leaves… Continue reading Race is not a body language
I recently completed my final report for the Louisville Institute. These generous partners in ministry awarded me a grant to study the sociopolitical construct of race, Clarence Jordan's Koinonia Farm and why persons fear Christian community. I visited Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. It was Clarence's "demonstration plot." He would create his own world, challenging… Continue reading Lovers or Liars?
A picture has surfaced of Justin Trudeau, now the prime minister of Canada, wearing "brown face." To offer a comprehensive description, he also has a brown neck and hands at an "Arabian Nights" themed event back in 2001. He is a 29 year old teacher-- not a student-- at West Point Grey Academy. It's a… Continue reading Canada’s prime minister reminds us that it is not “a whole new world”
It’s almost 11 a.m., that holy hour that is concentrated with our hubris, when the worship services are but a reflection of our preferences, when the pews are filled with the people we are most comfortable with. It’s almost 11 a.m. on this fine Sunday morning where people dress up or down and then sit… Continue reading Sunday morning segregation
I've had to say this in church, at a so- called multicultural, we are the example of inclusion and God's kingdom come to earth one. "Don't touch my hair." After compliments, hands uninvited reached forward to finger my tresses. "It's so soft," she said. Her response revealing much and undoing more of a potential relationship… Continue reading Don’t touch my hair
On this day in 1955, a fourteen year old African American boy named Emmett Till from Chicago, Illinois was killed in Money, Mississippi. I know his story by heart; it was the first one I learned on domestic terrorism and mob lynching when I began my personal study of African American history. He went… Continue reading The history of our days
Katharine Gerbner writes in Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World that before there was the ideology of white supremacy, there existed what she calls "Protestant Supremacy." Gerbner writes about Anglicanism in Barbados what was also true in America, "The Anglican Church in Barbados was exclusive, the domain of slave owners and… Continue reading Questioning our multiple supremacies