Let’s Talk about Riots

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The discussion of the Baltimore riots has split America, with conservatives lining up to condemn the riots and liberals lining up to defend them and each side calling the other racist. African Americans, too, are often split along the same lines.For example, we see this from in the Atlantic: Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and "nonviolent." These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer to the wrong … [Read more...]

The Real Travesty of the “Hero Mom” Story

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I don't have a lot of time at the moment, but I did want to drop a quick note to say how disgusting I find white America's reaction to video footage of a black mother, Toya Graham, beating her teenage son as she drags him away from the violence between protesters and police in Baltimore. This mom has been dubbed "Hero Mom" "Mom of the Year" on media networks and twitter, trending from coast to coast.I want to be clear that I'm not angry so much with Toya Graham as I am with white A … [Read more...]

Red Brown Yellow, Black and White: Evangelicals and Race

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Like many other white evangelical children, I grew up singing this song:Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red, brown, yellow Black and white They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children Of the world.I suspect it's things like this that make it so hard for so many white evangelicals to really address race in this country---they think they've addressed it already. I mean after all, look at the lyrics to that common children's song! And I … [Read more...]

Evangelicals of the Gospel Coalition Respond to Ferguson

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Last month Thabiti Anyabwile wrote a blog post titled The Ferguson Grand Jury Has Given Us Our Marching Orders. In it he condemned the grand jury decision as unjust, wrote passionately about police brutality and race, and laid out a plan for bringing change. This may seem unremarkable---one more blog post amidst a multitude---but what makes it remarkable is that it was posted on The Gospel Coalition. Anyabwile is a black evangelical paster who is a member of the conservative evangelical group's c … [Read more...]

Whitesplaining Racial Disparities in STEM Fields

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Today I came upon an article on Chris Stedman's Religious News Service blog, titled Instead of hating on social justice, atheists should tackle STEM segregation. The article was written by Sikivu Hutchinson, a black activist and author. At this point it’s a cliché that white “New Atheist” elites love to saber rattle against the inclusion of social justice in atheist organizing. Yet, when it comes to anti-racist social justice, even the “kinder, gentler” Humanist community often nods its head in … [Read more...]

Racism Is (Not) Dead

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There was a time I thought racism was a thing of the past. Even after I confronted my own covert racism, I still thought blatant upfront racism was a thing of the past. I believed that racism had changed and become something less visible but not less real, but recent events have forced me to realize that I was wrong. I've watched the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision with rapt attention. I've followed the non-indictment of the police officers involved in the John Crawford III's … [Read more...]

The Holiday Season

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So we have arrived in Christmas Month. Oh, I'm sorry, I meant December. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas! It's just that it bothers me when we as though including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa makes the holiday season somehow equal when it really doesn't. Take a look around---Christmas reigns supreme. Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is often marketed as a secular holiday, but it can't be entirely divorced from its longtime religious roots. I myself like the Christmas season. I may be an atheist, … [Read more...]


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