For the Literal Love of Christ, Stop Making Jesus White

The fact that, in most biblical films, Jesus is cast as a white man while the people of color are relegated to the supporting cast is a symptom of the American white savior complex. [Read more…]

Three Things I’m Asking from Church Leaders and Prophetic Voices

I’m 34 years old and I’ve never seen the nation as fractured and divided as it is now. [Read more…]

Actual War on Black People Distracting from Fictional War on Christmas

Jesus, a brown-skinned transient and known practitioner of civil disobedience executed by a brutal police state, is indeed perhaps the reason for the season, just not in the way the War on Christmas crowd wants to talk about. [Read more…]

I’m a racist and you probably are too

Our conscious and unconscious associations regarding race affect how we act. They affect what we say and what we do. They affect how we treat other people and in turn how we’re treated. They affect who is listened to and who is ignored, who is believed and who is doubted, who is passed by and who is stopped, who is given a second chance and, sometimes, who is killed. [Read more…]

The real tragedy of Ferguson isn’t on TV

The ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is a sobering reminder of the state of racial relations in the United States, and of the out-of-control militarization of our police force. But I fear that the real tragedy of Ferguson is that it’s destined to become nothing more than a momentary blip on the radar of history, one that, despite the historically agonizing cries of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” will result in no meaningful change. [Read more…]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Challenge to the Church

Race, as both a social construct and a visible reality, is the gigantic elephant in the American living room that some insist will disappear if only we would just ignore it. [Read more…]