This Pro-Life Simone Biles Meme Gets It All Wrong

Image features a picture of Simone Biles with this text:In 1997, a girl born to an "unfit" drug-addicted mother and abandoned by her father was Planned Parenthood's perfect target.Would later become arguably the best gymnast in the world.  Earlier today, I came upon the above image on Facebook. There are at least two things wrong with this meme. First, the meme mischaracterizes Planned Parenthood. Second, it forgets who actually targets children like Simone.Neither Planned Paren … [Read more...]


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Black Bloggers Respond to the Gospel Coalition

Over the past few days, I've read a variety of responses to Gaye Clark's Gospel Coalition article. I've also read a lot of discussion about her article. The main point comes down to this---by treating her daughter's interracial marriage as a struggle she had to face while stating adamantly that she is not and never has been racist, by treating her daughter's fiancé's blackness as something she had to overcome or stop seeing, and by suggesting that we shouldn't call Uncle Fred a racist because … [Read more...]


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The Gospel Coalition Acknowledges that Evangelicals Have a Problem with Interracial Marriage

An article posted on the Gospel Coalition website yesterday began as follows: For years I prayed for a young man I had yet to meet: my daughter’s husband. I asked the Lord to make him godly, kind, a great dad, and a good provider. I was proud of a wish list void of unrealistic expectations. After all, I knew not to ask for a college football quarterback who loved puppies, majored in nuclear rocket science, and wanted to take his expertise to the mission field. I was an open-minded mom.But Go … [Read more...]


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RIP Korryn Gaines, Sovereign Citizen

It's probably not surprising that I have become skeptical when I hear that a person of color had a "traffic related" warrant or arrest. As such, I was immediately curious about the origins of the warrant for traffic-related offenses last March that Korryn Gaines was served before being shot by police in a standoff in her home. What I found surprised me, though perhaps it shouldn't have. In March, according to police reports, an officer pulled Gaines over because she had a piece of cardboard with … [Read more...]


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Hillary Won Because of Voters of Color

I recently came upon an interesting Facebook post by filmmaker Gabriel Diego Valdez, who wrote the following about Hillary: If you're uncomfortable with the candidate voters of color chose to an historically overwhelming degree, I don't care. How many times have Hispanic voters, have Black voters backed candidates with whom we're uncomfortable because we had faith in the coalition that we keep with you. Valdez writes that voters of color voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, but it's more than t … [Read more...]


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How Black Americans Became Democrats

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," First Lady Michelle Obama said in her speech on Monday night. The New York Times confirmed that this is true---the White House was indeed constructed via slave labor. Of course, not everyone was moved by her line. Republican television host and well-known conservative Chuck Woolery tweeted this in response:Text: I would just like to point out a fact. The lashes suffered on the backs of #Slaves were administered by who? … [Read more...]


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The White Invisibility of Racial Profiling

I can count on one hand the number of times I've been pulled over by police. The first time, it was late and I was tired, driving across the state to a friend's house. I was weaving slightly, and I think the cop who pulled me over thought I was drunk. When he saw that I wasn't---and he didn't even breathalyze me---he let me go, urging me to be more careful. The second time, I didn't come to a full stop at a stop sign. Again I was only given a warning, a reminder to be more careful. I can't … [Read more...]


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