Easy Mistake to Make

  Hemant Mehta shared the above correction that appeared recently in the New York Times. Any theories about how such an error came about?   [Read more…]

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Words Matter

Libby Anne shared some examples of the different framing of events in the media. White survivors of hurricane Katrina were described as having “found bread,” while black survivors were described as “looters.” And while anyone with dark skin or who is a Muslim will be described as a thug or terrorist, Robert Dear is said by [Read More…]

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I Passed for Black

As a fan of John Williams’ music, I am aware of the old movie “I Passed for White” and blogged about it a while back. Today there has been a prominent news story about the reverse situation – someone who is “white” passing for “black.” Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of [Read More…]

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The Desmond Tutu Chair of Global Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation Studies

The president of Butler University, Jim Danko, made this announcement today: Dear Butler Community Members,   Butler University values its Indianapolis neighbors and opportunities to collaborate with them on innovative projects. This announcement concerns one such very fulfilling partnership.   During the 2012-2013 academic year, world-renowned South African theologian Allan Boesak held a joint visiting appointment at [Read More…]

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Impact of Sandy

If you are a family member, friend, or other regular blog reader anywhere along the East Coast or in another area affected by Hurricane Sandy, do check in to let me and others know you are alive, when you have the opportunity, and when time and surroundings permit, feel free to share your experiences. A [Read More…]

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