Ferguson, MO: Violence and Destruction Are Not the Answer


Ferguson, MO has erupted into a firestorm of protests, following the announcement that white police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.News outlets and social media are replete with dramatic coverage of burning buildings and police cars and angry crowds.  Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, rallied crowds outside the courtroom with a hate-filled, expletive-laden speech, as tempers flared and talk erupted of "getting ju … [Read more...]

Middle School Teacher Suspended for Teaching America’s Racist History

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A middle school teacher in Monroe, Michigan has been suspended after showing a historical video in his history class showing a white man wearing blackface to imitate an African-American.The video was part of a history lesson on Jim Crow racial segregation laws.  Teacher Alan Barron, 59, played the video to show his students how some white Americans considered racist acts acceptable "entertainment" in the 1800s.According to the Monroe News, Monroe Middle School teacher Alan Barron … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Seminary’s “Black Jesus”: Symbol of God’s Love and of Racial Reconciliation

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I was one of those kids who really wasn't sure what I'd like to do after graduating high school. An honors graduate with specialization in business classes, I found an office job—working as an executive secretary for Michigan Blue Cross-Blue Shield. For several years before beginning college, I boarded a bus each morning for the 15-mile commute to my office in downtown Detroit.So it was that on Monday, July 24, 1967, the day that life changed for the city of Detroit, I was at my desk.In t … [Read more...]