The Civil Rights Movement Was Not That Long Ago

You know the story of Ruby Bridges, right?In 1960, Ruby desegregated her New Orleans elementary school. She was only six years old at the time. I remember reading about her when I was a child. A few years ago I learned that there was a made-for-TV movie about her experience. I got my hands on it, and it was well worth the watch. My daughter Sally is around the age Bridges was when she found herself in the center of a firestorm. I've read her the same books my mother read me as a child, a … [Read more...]


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On Choosing a School in a Segregated World

School segregation did not disappear with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. In fact, by some measures American schools have become more segregated over the past few decades. As anyone who has looked at the problem knows, the root of this issue is residential segregation---as long as we have neighborhood schools, and as long as neighborhoods are highly segregated by race (and class, among other things), we will have segregated schools. Attempts to fix this problem via school busing … [Read more...]


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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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