Surprise is not a valid response to racism in America

Recently, I was talking to a man named Garrett, who I think identifies as a Christian.  He took issue with a recent article published by Relevant magazine that posed the question, “Should Pastors Who Don’t Speak Up About Racism Resign?”  It is an interesting question in light of the recent resignation of Rev. Robert W. Lee IV, a […]

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What is the world coming to?

During this season of Advent, we remember and celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ, of divine feet on earth, of God with us.  Still, I can’t help but wonder what the world is coming to.  The recent death of Laquan McDonald still has my mind reeling.  What is happening to us? What is happening to my […]

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Say Something New

The news reporting is the same.  Same angles, views and I suspect that is the same pencil used to sketch and draw the same conclusions.  The words used to describe race relations remains unchanged: allies and hate mongers, race cards and race baiting, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation.  We reach conclusions that are the same as before. […]

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Healing Our Relationships From Race

Race hurts.  Believing that I or you are a problem causes pain because people love people.  This perspective suggests that the world is not perfect because of my presence or yours.  And we spend much of our time together or apart talking about ways to rid ourselves of “you people.” But, what if race is […]

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We need to talk about racism

At a Tedx in Johannesburg, Gillian Schutte says that we need to talk about racism and she begins with her son.  A powerful testimony and witness of confronting and challenging the construct of whiteness, the indoctrination of race and the development of empathy, I very much appreciate her work and would talk to her about […]

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The Race Problem: When You’re Tired of Eating Elephant

Some one asked the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” Some one else answered, “One bite at a time.” I don’t know who eats elephant or thinks that they can eat it all. I never have and don’t think that I would have the taste for one. Who wrote this menu anyway? Still, for […]

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Finding Trackmates

“To perpetuate privilege and oppression, we don’t have to do anything consciously to support it. Just our silence is crucial for ensuring its future, for the simple fact is that no system of privilege can continue to exist without most people choosing to remain silent about it…As such, we can only choose how to be […]

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