Evangelical Pastor Doug Wilson Rips Southern Baptist Convention for Condemning White Supremacy

The Southern Baptist Convention recently passed a resolution condemning the alt-right, white nationalism, and white supremacy. Not surprisingly, evangelical pastor Doug Wilson has a problem with that. Here is a thought experiment. Suppose someone introduced another resolution, next time around, identical in theology to this one, and identical in theological expression to this one, but with the only difference being that the specific groups denounced were the Nation of Islam or Black Lives … [Read more...]


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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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Where Do We Direct Our Criticism?

I've noticed a pattern of affirming African American activists' goals---i.e. the wrongness of the oppression and barriers they face---while at the same time questioning their methods and the actions they take. We see this today, in opposition to Black Lives Matter. We saw this in the 1960s, in opposition to the civil rights movement. But this pattern wasn't new even then.You can see this pattern here, in an evangelical article from the 1920s: We remember reading, years ago, the report of a … [Read more...]


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Confederate Monuments and “Historical Vandalism”

This weekend torch-wielding protesters chanted Nazi slogans as they rallied in defense of a statue of Robert E. Lee which the Charlottesville City Council recently voted to remove. What may be less known is that Corey Stewart, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, has also spoken out in defense of the statue. "You cannot revise history. Only tyrants attempt to erase history. This is tantamount to denouncing your own heritage," Stewart said...."I will do whatever I need to, both now and … [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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