May 6, 2022

This is a guest editorial by Rachel Suffern. Enjoy it as I find it insightful. Since 2016, America has gone through an unprecedented period of polarization. Politics has seemingly been brought to the forefront of nearly every aspect of life from entertainment to sportswear to family holiday gatherings. There is no great mystery surrounding this shift for most people. It can be traced fairly neatly to one event: Donald Trump’s presidency. However, few people seem to be able to answer... Read more

January 17, 2022

You ever leave a conversation and then wanted to kick yourself because you did not say something you wanted to say? I think we all have done that. Well, I can do one better than that. I have written a book coming out in March titled Beyond Racial Division. The book is written and typeset, and there can be no further changes to the book. And yet the other day, while riding my bike, I realized that I left out... Read more

December 2, 2021

Much has recently been made about the “deconstruction” of Christianity, particularly conservative Christianity. Most of this has been seen lately in a spat of new books recognized by David Gushee as representative of this desire to deconstruct American evangelicalism. Those books are: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristen Kobes Du Mez The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby Taking America Back for God by Andrew Whitehead and Sam Perry Worldview Theory,... Read more

September 21, 2021

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Christian nationalism. This discussion may have surged due to the rise of Trump since some have argued that the former president drew support from a rise of Christian nationalism. Christian nationalism has also been tied to problems such as racism, sexism, and authoritarianism. So, it is expected that many individuals would look to Christian nationalism as a source of many social problems. But do we know what Christian nationalism is? To... Read more

April 19, 2021

Last year I wrote an assessment of DiAngelo’s White Fragility. Clearly, I was not very supportive of that work and I used my assessment to address some of the problems I see within antiracism. At the time it was not only the most popular antiracism book in the United States, it was topping the best seller chart for all books. The second most popular book was Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist. I decided to go after the most popular... Read more

December 16, 2020

I have had a little theory about support for antiracism. My theory is that it is not a philosophy relatively popular with African-Americans, but rather it is a philosophy relatively popular with the highly educated class. However, I did not know of a way to test this theory. I could not find a national probability data set that allowed me to compare antiracist beliefs with different demographic groups. And then it hit me. I had already done that test. I... Read more

October 23, 2020

If you recognize that line then you know the show it came from. Hogan’s Heroes and Sergeant Schultz right? The joke is that the evidence is clearly in front of him but he refuses to see it. It was a funny gag in the sitcom. Not so funny in real life. The latest example of this not being funny in real life was illustrated by Professor Eddie Glaude in his encounter with Rod Dreher on the Morning Joe show. Dreher... Read more

September 29, 2020

Why is Trump president? That is a serious question for me. I mean I know that he is president because he received more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton. But what skill did Trump bring to the 2016 election that led to his presidency? Part of what surprised me about his election is that I did not see any discernable skill that he contributed to that victory. I watched as Trump won primary after primary during the Republican nomination process. Then... Read more

September 5, 2020

Let’s be honest shall we. There are no heroes in the Kyle Rittenhouse story. If we believe the best about Rittenhouse, then it was self defense. But it was also a 17 year old kid who decided to go to Kenosha to beat back the hordes of rioters. He had no business being there but he came ready for action. And his action took the lives of two men and crippled a third. If we believe the best about his... Read more

August 26, 2020

I know I have been blogging a lot on race lately. I promise you that while I do plan on blogging more on racial issues than I have in the past not every blog I do will be on racial issues. In fact, after this one, I have promised myself that my next two blogs will not focus on racial issues. Last week I discussed the presence of institutional racism. Dealing with that racism is the challenge that faces many... Read more


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