To be fair: On Trump’s pardons and protecting whiteness

From crowd size to the coronavirus (also known as COVID19), this administration has not told the truth.  Some say we are now post- truth . But I cannot get past the truth that there are those who are buying whatever President Trump is selling— no matter the cost.  This is what happens when you hire […]

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Here’s a thought and a prayer

I went to bed thinking about the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.  There was talk of a racist manifesto and the murderer writing about the “invasion of Hispanics.”  El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen told reporters, “(It has) a nexus to potential hate crime.”  #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism was trending on Twitter.  This morning, #TrumpsTerrorists has replaced […]

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The Church needs an epistle on race

“Christianity has been almost sentimental in its efforts to deal with hatred in human life.  It has sought to get read of hatred by preachments, by moralizing, by platitudinous judgments.  It has hesitated to analyze the basis of hatred and to evaluate it in terms of its possible significance in the lives of the people […]

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The Race Pass

Get a pass: “To disregard, to take no notice of something (bad or embarrassing)” Most of us are familiar with the race card.  A person plays the race card when she or he accuses another of racism.  It is also suggested that this card is played when a person brings race into a conversation, suggesting that an incident was prompted by […]

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Charleston Syllabus

It is the title of a new book that offers readings on race, racism and racial violence.  Professors Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha N. Blain, its authors, offer this collection of writings in hopes of strengthening our conversations about race after the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015.  On this terrible day, twenty- one […]

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Praying after Emanuel AME Church Murders

The recent murder of nine church members to include the pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has hurt me deeply. I am aching in places I cannot touch and for which I don’t believe that there is a salve on the market.  It is one thing to […]

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The Contested Color of Christ

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey detail in The Chronicle Review how the image of Jesus has been made and remade in American history, contrasting the socially colored black Jesus with short hair portrayed in now historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama with that of a replica of Christus, an eleven foot high chiseled […]

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