How White People Gather to Undermine White Supremacy

Last Sunday, two colleagues and I greeted a group of thirty-three people over a shared meal in a church social hall to talk together about race and racism. With five different churches from four different traditions – UCC, Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian – we came together to talk about the problem of racism in our [Read More…]

Open Letter to Obama: Please DO something!

The country needs the President to do something. Your statements are important but they are not enough. Being the first black president is important but it is not enough. Your moral witness and courage in the face of this very same racial prejudice has been incredibly inspiring but it is not enough. [Read more…]

What to Do About Our Crisis of Racial Injustice?

The problems that we face are not about the police. We do not need to wait on the outcomes of trials against individual police officers. This is not about individual police officers. This is about the soul of our nation. [Read more…]

How To Be an Effective White Ally

To destroy racism we have to destroy the system that was built upon Black people’s backs and to destroy that system is to destroy everything that white people hold near and dear to their heart. [Read more…]

What We Need to Learn from Trump

There is a problem in white America and it will not go away until we meet it head on.
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The Threat of Obama

Racism is a deep malignancy in the very core of our identity as Americans. A malignancy that must be acknowledged before we can cut it out. [Read more…]

Is Slavery Really Over?

White people will never be able to understand the problem of policing and the black community until we are able to unpack the legacy of slavery and how contemporary prejudice and racism unfold directly from that legacy. [Read more…]

What Does It Mean to Say “All Lives Matter?”

Now, many whites across this country have reacted in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. However, too many whites have reacted with surprise or anger toward the Black Lives Matter movement. Some have even indignantly suggested that we ought to rally around the cry that “All Lives Matter.” [Read more…]

What’s a White Christian to Do? Racism, White Privilege, and Stepping Up

White privilege and racism will not go away until we begin to address these problems head-on. That is what the group of eighteen white Christians I met with on Sunday are beginning to do. To tell their stories of being white. To think about how we have been taught to think about race and to examine our lives, our habits, and the structures of our society to see the ways in which race is embedded in them. [Read more…]

Taking Risks for Social Change

A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog piece prompted by a new report on the lynching of blacks from the time of Reconstruction to the World War II. The piece was also picked up and published as an op-ed by several regional newspapers in the South. While my thoughts on lynching, racial privilege, [Read More…]