American Identity, Assimilation, Race, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

The Race Trap

What is it that we see in race that we cannot see apart from it?  Why do we prefer to get closer to it than to ourselves?  This literal carnal identity, we are known by our skin.  It is the way of the world.  It is the way things are people remind me. No other… Continue reading The Race Trap

Healing from Race, James Baldwin, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Language, Race and Literature

You’re not race-less yet?

Still signing up and showing up for the role of colored people, black, brown, red, yellow, white and otherwise?  Well, here are a few words of wisdom from two of my favorite writers to get you to choose differently and to say something more about who you are as a human being.  Because race is… Continue reading You’re not race-less yet?

Race, Race and Culture, Racial Identity

Tongue tied

                    Why do I proclaim a raceless gospel when there is so much faith in race?  Why do I scribble over words in books that color- code our shared humanity and repeat the appropriate cultural designations aloud?  We are not black but African Americans.  We are… Continue reading Tongue tied

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Culture, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

What are we talking about when we talk about race?

We've got to come back to ourselves.  We've got to take more than a few steps back and  we will have to step on more than a few toes in the process.  But, let's begin to walk it back.  Let's go back to the beginning.  Return to the first Word that is certain to be… Continue reading What are we talking about when we talk about race?

Healing from Race, Post- racial, Post- racial Conversations, Race

I need another word

  We need new words.  I need new words, ones that roll off my tongue.  The colored ones get caught in my throat.  New being in Jesus Christ, these racialized ones don't work for me.  They didn't go down easily.  They didn't stick to me.  I cannot make them a part of me, just take… Continue reading I need another word

Healing from Race, Race, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

I doubt it: Questioning the credibility of race

Here is a confession: I am not who race says that I am.  I will not be who race says that I will be.  I can go where race says that no "like me" has ever gone before.  Race does not open or close doors.  We do. I am so tired of this race, this… Continue reading I doubt it: Questioning the credibility of race

Cross- cultural relationships, Diversity, Healing from Race, Post- racial, Prayer

A New Revised Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept that people are not the same, Courage to change my perspective and to challenge my prejudices, And the wisdom to celebrate our differences. Amen.