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March 05, 2018
Parenting the Resistance: 5 Ways to Have Hard Conversations with Kids
It went down like this: "Mommy, I have a joke for you, listen. How long...
January 15, 2018
White, Polite, and Part of the Problem: How to Honor MLK Day
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that white people, as a rule, like for...
December 13, 2017
Alabama is Not the Problem: Roy Moore and the Greater Sins of America
A lot of people are hating on Alabama, and the South in general lately. As the...
August 16, 2017
Praying Through a Megaphone: Taking Church Outside
Guest post: Rev. Megan Severns Huston This week I learned how to pray through a...
August 15, 2017
Trump Just Gave Us the Mother of All Civics Lessons: How Racism Works
I never (ever. ever) thought I would say this--but the president taught us an important...
August 12, 2017
Show Us Your Faces
They tried to stop it, you know. Local business owners. City officials. The University. Thinking...
June 06, 2017
Rev. William Barber II is the Voice of the Moral Minority
I had this whole post in my head... about Trump's unbelievable Tweet criticizing the mayor of...
May 23, 2017
Threats Foreign and Domestic: a Manchester Bombing and a Maryland Murder
This is a post about terrorism. It has no artful nuance. No snarky edge, no...
May 02, 2017
This One Is Different, and It’s Also Just the Same: On the Death of Jordan Edwards
Last night, Jordan Edwards--a 15 year old football player and outstanding student--was shot and killed...
March 15, 2017
Nazi Apologists and Klan Support: The New Normal for this GOP
So, this is where we are: This week, Rep. Steve King issued a confounding Tweet...
March 05, 2017
Good Samaritans, Good Immigrants, and Bystander Problems: Sermon for Lent 1
Maybe they were feeling a little disgruntled… After all, the Samaritans in the neighboring village...
February 23, 2017
Close to Home: The Human Cost of Racist Rhetoric
Early spring in the Midwest means that my neighborhood has been a picturesque snapshot of...
November 23, 2016
When Inclusion Becomes a “Divisive Political Issue”
One of the school districts in the Kansas City area has banned teachers from wearing...
November 16, 2016
The Country Needs Us, And We Need You: A Call to Action
Guest Post: by C. Shawn McGuffey Since the election I have been saddened. Luckily, I...
October 08, 2016
How Trump is Making Misogyny Great Again
Last week, women's health experts and other commentators detailed the “abusive behaviors” exhibited in Trump’s debate performance....
September 20, 2016
Read the Comments: Terence Crutcher and Our Sin of Silence
Again. AGAIN. Again this morning I am sitting in front of the screen with the...
July 19, 2016
While You Were Watching Melania: Rep. Steve King’s Telling Racist Remarks
While everyone was busy watching the absurd 60-Minutes interview; while we laughed at the disastrous...
July 07, 2016
Who is My Neighbor? Police Shootings and Those We Leave For Dead
I am writing a book about family values--not the James Dobson kind, that are dependent...
June 17, 2016
They Want Us Dead: Hate and Marginalized Communities
A powerful guest post from my college friend, Shawn McGuffey. An important read that needs to be...
April 06, 2016
Gaps in History: Talking to Kids About Race and Privilege
My niece--my daughter's cousin and BFF since birth--is biracial. Together, these girls choreograph synchronized dance...
March 02, 2016
The Trump Rally is the New Klan Rally
I wasn't going to write about him today. I swear. We need a break from...
January 18, 2016
Shed a Little Light: Observing MLK Day
Thanks, readers, for sharing your observations of Martin Luther King day. I've enjoyed your pictures and...
July 13, 2015
One day, all is right with the literary world... And then suddenly, one of the most...
June 09, 2015
Wade in the Water: Pools, Fountains, and the Stain of Segregation
If the image of a 200+pound white man with a gun, pinning an unarmed, 90...
April 30, 2015
Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist
I cringe when an article begins “Dear White People…” It lacks nuance, among other things....
December 04, 2014
ADVENTageous: Tragedy Plus Time
This the growing edge of Advent: to take a time fraught with stress and damaging...
June 06, 2013
Freedom Within, Freedom Without
As is so often the case... I was late to the party. The virtual wake...
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