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#BlackLivesMatter:
Patheos Writers on Racism and Police Brutality

The deaths of several young black men at the hands of police, and the failure of the justice system to indict the officers involved, has set off a firestorm of protests.

As these accounts of racially-charged police brutality continue to surface, Patheos writers express their grief, anger, and hope for the future, in solidarity with the struggle against systemic racism.


Most Recent Posts

Being Black and Muslim in the Post-9/11, Post-Ferguson Era

Being Black and Muslim in the Post-9/11, Post-Ferguson Era

Kameelah Rashad

The dead won't let me sleep The living won't let me die in peace.

Baton Rouge, Racial Prejudice, and a Father's Healing

Baton Rouge, Racial Prejudice, and a Father's Healing

Chelsen Vicari

Cameron Sterling, the Jackson's newborn baby boy, and any other little ones who've lost their fathers in recent shootings are not forgotten by Him.

"Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate"

Dwight Lee Wolter

In the aftermath of a hate crime, it is imperative to immediately include all "sides" in the process of seeking justice and healing.

It Took Less Than 24 Hours to Ruin MTV's Explanation of BLM

It Took Less Than 24 Hours to Ruin MTV's Explanation of BLM

Martin Hughes

MTV came out with a video that did an excellent job explaining Black Lives Matter. However, if you look at it, you'll see that it's downvoted to hell.

The Courage It Takes to Be Black and Blue

The Courage It Takes to Be Black and Blue

Nancy Rockwell

Dallas. Baton Rouge. Minneapolis. Orlando. We belong to one another.

The Bright Heart of Dallas

The Bright Heart of Dallas

Robert Hunt

As a citizen of Dallas, born here and raised here, I believe that in the dawn after the dark night of July 7th I can see a turning point, a change in our city.

Holding on to Love and Mercy

Holding on to Love and Mercy

Yadi Martinez

My brother always knew that he wanted to be a police officer.

Writing About #BlackLivesMatter While White

Writing About #BlackLivesMatter While White

Caryn Riswold

One does not write about justice, politics, and religion in public in order to not be paid attention to.

Wayfaring Woman: Black Lives, White Shadows

Wayfaring Woman: Black Lives, White Shadows

Tamilia

We the People are wrestling with the "Black", "Blue" and "All" of it when it comes to these matters.

Black Lives Matter and the Preferential Option for the Poor

Black Lives Matter and the Preferential Option for the Poor

Victor Carmona

Those who affirm that all lives matter seem to assume that if a person asserts that black lives matter then white lives don't.

Understanding #BlackLivesMatter

More Than an Indictment

More Than an Indictment

William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

If our fears are at play each time a white officer shoots a black man, then addressing this problem is about more than an indictment.

Extremists Also Remember Selma

Extremists Also Remember Selma

William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Whenever established power brokers have felt threatened in America's history, they have responded by stirring up sexual fears.

More Commentary

Cops, Dallas, and Life With a Badge

Cops, Dallas, and Life With a Badge

Joanne Brokaw

I woke up this morning to a world gone mad, and I'm not sure how to proceed with my day.

Will We Let Fear Win

Will We Let Fear Win

Leticia Adams

Tears started running down my face as a Texan, as a human and as friend of police officers and the black community.

5 Keys to Keeping Your Cool in a World Gone Crazy

5 Keys to Keeping Your Cool in a World Gone Crazy

Josh Daffern

With police officers shooting and being shot, here are 5 keys to keeping your cool as our world goes crazy.

Midnight in Dallas: What's Going On?

Midnight in Dallas: What's Going On?

Maria Dixon Hall

In 2016, I live in a world where up is down and down is up.

Worship and Justice Belong Together

Worship and Justice Belong Together

Jonathan Aigner

This is an ugly world. It's so very ugly. Just ask the family of Alton Sterling. Go ahead. Ask the family of Philando Castile. That ugliness around us demands better worship.

Philando Castile's Murder and the

Philando Castile's Murder and the "Victim Cult" Label

Martin Hughes

We need to understand this pain, not dismiss it.

When White People Worship Death, Black People Die

When White People Worship Death, Black People Die

Jonathan Ryan

Perfect love casts out fear is not a hippie ideal that doesn't work in a real life. It's a statement of challenge, of revolution.

Why Don't Black Lives Matter to White Christians?

Why Don't Black Lives Matter to White Christians?

Christian Chiakulas

Where is the spirit of radical resistance to oppression?

Police Shootings and Those We Leave For Dead

Police Shootings and Those We Leave For Dead

Erin Wathen

In the past 48 hours, two black men have been killed by white police officers in America.

Hear My Prayer: A Lament for Blackness

Hear My Prayer: A Lament for Blackness

Amy Steele

Blackness is so utterly profound to me. The night is my comfort. The shade is my relief. The color is my classic.