I am a race atheist

Before you wave me off, dismiss my faith system or the lack thereof, hear me out.  Give me a chance, an opportunity to make my case.  I assure you: This is not what I thought that I would be saying. I used to believe in race, with all my heart, from my head down to […]

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Only Human

It seems that we are not satisfied with our humanity, that there is always a need to be something more than human, super human, a special set of humans.  In our quest, we often attempt to reduce the value and visibility of others.  Because we cannot be more human unless we make others less human.  We […]

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Race is but a candidate

The election season is almost over and we’ve seen more changes than winter, spring, summer and fall combined.   We can’t prepare for it.  We can’t plan for it.  Exhausted by the debates and the news reports that follow, I think that I am experiencing political fatigue.  I am counting down the days until it’s over.  […]

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Beyond Black & White

  Beyond black and white.  It is the title of a popular book by Manning Marable.  He begins his introduction this way: “Black and white. As long as I can remember, the fundamentally defining feature in my life, and the lives of my family, was the stark reality of race.  Angular and unforgiving, race was […]

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Loosen Up

I feel the need to say again and again that you are not made up of a color, that you cannot be summed up by your skin.  There is more to you and this is a lesser part.  Of all that God is created on your body, still we focus on the layer that covers […]

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The Life Race Has Planned For Us

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell Joseph Campbell, an American writer and lecturer, had it right.  Echoing the words of the writer of Proverbs, Campbell reminds us that there is a difference between the […]

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Race As Social Formation

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 […]

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