Why Ken Ham’s Rhetoric on Race Is Counterproductive

Before we go on and dig further into this issue, I want to note that renowned creationist Ken Ham hit the blogosphere recently with this tweet:Text of tweet: I'm not a white person & there are no black people.Using terms like 'white' & 'black' promotes division, racism & prejudice--all are brown This feels like another version of the "I don't see color" statement. Proclaiming that color doesn't exist doesn't change the fact that people are treated differently based on their co … [Read more...]


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The Limits of Bystander Intervention

Late last year I witnessed what I believe was a racially charged incident. I only caught the end of the incident, and train doors were closing and people were moving. It all happened in a moment. I didn't do anything in part because of the aforementioned train doors, but also in part because someone else was already intervening---someone who was presumably more aware of what had happened than I was. As I read about the Portland MAX stabbings a few weeks ago, though, this incident came back to me … [Read more...]


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No, That’s Not Why Confederate Statues Are Being Removed

In a recent post, evangelical pastor Doug Wilson wrote the following: Once we have “all-together-now-agreed” that statues of Robert E. Lee simply must come down because he-was-a-slaveowner-period-end-of-discussion-you-hater-and-any-moment’s-hesitancy-in-agreeing-with-our-most-righteousy-demands-reveals-a-seething-racism—perhaps you are familiar with this line of argument?—we will almost immediately discover that the very same rationale applies to the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memoria … [Read more...]


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On Solving Racial Inequalities

A recent article assessing the state of South African racial inequalities more than two decades after apartheid provides an opportunity to think about the current state of inequalities in our own country. The article begins as follows: Despite claims to the contrary, a study of black ownership on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange shows clearly that black South Africans remain small time players. According to a recent study, only 23% of the shares traded on the exchange are held – directly and indi … [Read more...]


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Local Media Punts on White Supremacism

Have a look at this social media post by ABC7 Sarasota:The post features a picture of a flier featuring a young blond girl and this text: The greatest con-job of the 20th century was allowing America's enemies to convince whites that it's morally wrong to love and support their own race. #whitelivesmatter These fliers are similar to other "alt right" white supremacist literature that has been found in many areas of the country since Donald Trump moved the Overton window on race last y … [Read more...]


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Remembering the Egyptians’ Suffering: Why We Dip Out Wine at the Seder

A Guest Post by Rachel LazerusOver a decade ago, one of my college classmates, who happened to be an atheist, asked me to read an essay she'd read online about the Passover seder and give her my opinion. The article was by someone raised Jewish who was a famous, bestselling author. It talked about how growing up, her favorite part of the seder was pouring out ten drops of wine to represent the Ten Plagues. Now, as an adult, she can't handle the seder because celebrated the death of the … [Read more...]


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San People Create Research Code

Check this out, from last month: Scientists have studied the San people of Southern Africa for decades, intrigued by their age-old rituals and ancient genetic fingerprints. Now, after more than a century of being scrutinized by science, the San are demanding something back. Earlier this month the group unveiled a code of ethics for researchers wishing to study their culture, genes, or heritage. You can read the full San Code of Research Ethics for yourself. But I was struck, as I read this … [Read more...]


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