As many of us gear up for summer vacations with flip flops, sunglasses and sunscreen, I want to remind us of the journey offered in books. Words… Read more “Books can take you places”
I shared a meditation at a Maundy Thursday service last night titled “Do as I do.” It is a command that highlights the disconnect between our words and our actions. … Read more “Race will not survive”
To date, I have published 1,040 posts for this blog. It is my largest body of work and the race-less gospel is my life’s devotion to God. … Read more “Eight Readings for Advent”
I wonder when we will put the two together– race and racism. Theirs is a partnership; the two go hand- in- hand as you cannot have one… Read more “The Race System”
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble and through it many… Read more “How race makes us bitter”
Race Address: Our minds Education All the fields of inquiry have associated themselves with me, attempting to prove my origin, determine my purpose and influence … Read more “Who’s hiring?: Race’s Resume”
Race as a category for identity or a means by which to identify one’s self is a modern concept.
“The very category of ‘race’– denoting primarily skin color– was first employed as a means of classifying human bodies by Francois Bernier, a French physician, in 1684. The first authoritative racial division of humankind is found in the influential Naturae Systemae (1735) of the preeminent naturalist Carolus Linnaeus.”
~ Cornel West, Prophetic Fragments (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988), 100.