Where’s the problem?

Talking about race may be easier than seeing race, especially when it could hit close to home.  Despite the increased visibility of racist interactions or racialized incidents (to the credit of cell phones and social media), seeing the race problem around us or even within us might prove harder to see.  And it does not […]

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The Salvation of Whiteness: “If my son were white”

The mothers of four African American unarmed children and men killed by police officers or those aspiring to be one came together to talk with Anderson Cooper on CNN.  It’s the first time the women have been in the same room though all of them are suffering from a similar loss, that of a child, […]

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Race and Reason

“We have a faith that forces you to reason about what makes us who we are. … In truth, we are never quite sure what we believe until some one gets it wrong.” ~ Stanley Hauerwas, Without Apology: Sermons for Christ’s Church ” Make visible what, without you, might never have been seen.” ~ Robert […]

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What’s the Problem?

It’s been called the Negro problem, the Indian problem, “The White Man’s Burden,” the problem of the color line and today, the immigration problem.  Since the problem has been assigned to seemingly all of America’s cultural groups, who or what exactly is the problem?  If America is the cultural “melting pot,” then is there one […]

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The Power of a Question

I had been looking for answers as to why God created me black after studying what Du Bois refers to in The Souls of Black Folk as “the problem of the color line”; the concept of “the Negro problem”; and socially defined black people as “the white man’s burden,” the title of the English poet […]

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