Radio Raheem is still dead: A Ferguson reader

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Responses and reflections from Syreeta McFadden, Leonard Pitts, Ezra Klein, Chauncey DeVega, Zandar, Jamelle Bouie and more, plus links to all the grand jury evidence released so far. [Read more...]

The lie of ‘the Black Problem’ is not just immoral, it’s illogical


In a sane universe, or a moral one, it would not be not reasonable to claim that the mere presence of an unarmed dark-skinned person was a basis to fear for one’s life. In a sane world, such fear would be regarded, rather, as the very definition of racial prejudice. In a reasonable world, the claim that a lethal response was necessary due to the presence of an unarmed black man would be rightly understood as a confirmation of racial prejudice — as a confession of it. [Read more...]

Everybody knows.


Take one last look at this Sacred Heart before it blows. [Read more...]

Rudy Giuliani discusses his Black Problem

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The point here is not simply that what Giuliani is arguing is racist, but that he has accepted a framework that doesn’t allow for any thought or response that could ever be anything other than racist. The framework of The Black Problem allows for different degrees of white supremacy and slightly different gradations of racism, but the construct redefines the subject in such a way that any non-racist response is prohibited. Any such response is, for people like Giuliani, unimaginable. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Hal Lindsey — still defying prophecy after all these years


Hal Lindsey turns 85 years old today. He told us that would never happen, but it just did. Lindsey’s admirers will likely celebrate his 85th birthday today without pausing to realize that this celebration disproves everything Lindsey himself ever taught them. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.” [Read more...]

‘Do I need to turn her in?’ — something has gone very, very wrong


How bad is the politicization of white evangelical religion? How thoroughly has faith been replaced by partisan political sloganeering? It’s this bad. … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (11.21)

Questions From a Ewe has a request for Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Eliel Cruz and Darnell Moore on what it’s like to be hated in a “sanctuary;” Maria Joanna Krol-Sinclair writes to the guy she punched in the face in Prague; and Doktor Zoom on the right’s horror whenever Obama quotes the Bible. [Read more...]