The most common question I get asked is, "How do you not see race?" Mystified, irritated, doubtful, persons look at me and wonder how does it happen. Or they think, "What world are you living in? Not the real one. Don't you see what is happening?" I am treated like a madwoman. They shake their… Continue reading James Baldwin talks about race as “a frame of reference”
Race is not prescriptive. Race causes us to lose sight of each other quite literally. We are missing out on love, healing, relationship, truth... all because we cannot see each other. We speak as if race has always been, as if we will cease to exist, turn into dust, fade into oblivion if we stop… Continue reading A Race-less Vocabulary List
Like you, I inherited the identity that comes with the social construct of race and also the burden of its life and history. Initially, I accepted it. I didn't know of any other option or way of being so I learned about being black. I read books and watched documentaries on Black history. I took… Continue reading Race As Social Formation
Today, I attended a briefing at the White House with sixty other Baptists from around the nation; afterwards, I attended a debriefing over a very late lunch; and after that, I attended a ministers meeting at the church where I currently serve. To say the least, it has been a long day but it's been… Continue reading Does Race Give Credit?
"Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the depths of the sea. On frequent journeys, I have faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from… Continue reading Traveling Mercies
Since Monday, I have been in Orlando, Florida for the American Baptist Churches, USA's conference that serves as both an opportunity for ministry renewal if one is a pastor and an orientation for persons new to the American Baptist denomination. The theme for our week of gathering together is "Go to a New Land: Journeying… Continue reading A Word That Belongs To Me
"When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and knew that they had been with Jesus. And since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in response. After they had ordered them to… Continue reading When A Name Is Forbidden