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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The Seven Deadly Sins of Race

I know that many persons don’t understand my displeasure with race and I can’t point to the specific time when my intense dissatisfaction began.  In fact, I don’t know why I just can’t let go of the conviction that race must be eradicated, that I don’t see it as others have though I have had many of the same […]

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The Beatitudes of Race

Today marks day six at the Chautauqua Institution and I have never wanted a “learning vacation” to be over so quickly.  Joy is found in the mere thought of packing and leaving.  The racist incidents and remarks continue to mount as we have learned that we will not be talking with the leadership about it […]

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