Hidden Figures

I was delighted to attend an advance screening tonight of the movie Hidden Figures, and I am enthusiastically recommending it. It combines so much into one movie: it is based on real historical events; it has romance; it is a feel-good, family-friendly movie with a powerful positive message and excellent role models; it addresses issues of [Read More…]

Your Black Lives Matter To Me

I happen to live in a neighborhood where most of my neighbors have much darker skin than I do. I wish more of my city were like my street. Demographic maps based on census data show that my city’s neighborhoods, like most, tend not to be diverse. Even if it were not my friends and [Read More…]

Transracial Jesus

As a New Testament scholar who has blogged about Rachel Dolezal, racism, and the appearance of Jesus, I found this amusing – not least because the father who spills the beans is not Joseph, from whom Jesus would have inherited half of his Middle Eastern characteristics, but God. It is from Don Asmussen’s Bad Reporter [Read More…]

I Passed for Black

As a fan of John Williams’ music, I am aware of the old movie “I Passed for White” and blogged about it a while back. Today there has been a prominent news story about the reverse situation – someone who is “white” passing for “black.” Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of [Read More…]

Newsworthy

A cartoon by Mike Luckovich. It seems to me absolutely inappropriate for people who have done nothing at all to try to change a status quo resulting from years of slavery, segregation, and discrimination (much less anything committed on principle to non-violent means), to criticize others when frustration with the status quo bursts forth in [Read More…]

Violence

I asked Morgan Guyton for permission to share these words from a Facebook update he posted. The media pays scant attention to 10,000 protesting peacefully, but notices when property is destroyed. Society pays scant attention to the deaths of people at the hands of those with authority, but notices when property is destroyed. I’m not in favor [Read More…]

Is That Dalek Blue and Black?

A Whovian contribution to the blue and black dress fervor. [Read more…]

Is That Star Trek Uniform Blue and Black or Gold and White?

Making a Star Trek contribution to the blue and black dress debate seemed an appropriate tribute to Leonard Nimoy. [Read more…]

Fifty Shades of God

The above graphic came to my attention on Facebook. I appreciate attempts to introduce nuance into discussions of beliefs and views. The above does better than the “Dawkins Scale.” But the color coding doesn’t seem like it is going to be useful. Can you imagine the conversations? “You’re indigo on the existence of God? As [Read More…]

Strange Fruit

This past Sunday in church, my pastor showed this powerful video, produced by folks from the SALT Project, which is based here in Indianapolis.  [Read more…]