To white Americans who are uncomfortable, I say: welcome to our world. You may be uncomfortable for a while until we make America a truly fair and racially just society.
As I delved deeper into Paul Thomas' work, and directed energy to the urgent nature of his calls for action and attention to class and race inequity in America, I found that we share many commonalities.
My professor's perception was rooted in a common false meme that has followed black America since slavery -- the idea that we lack financial acumen, don't know how to build businesses, need to be told what to do with our finances, and are overly reliant on government handouts.
Whenever one of my children would say something like, "I hate hot dogs," or "I hate when people make that noise," I would say, "hate" is a strong word. I write you now because I have the sense that hate, more than a very strong word, is affecting our church and communities, and pulling us under.
The main problem with the CW's The 100 is a reliance on blackrifice to advance the motivations of the white characters in the narrative.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This game of pitting one outrage as more righteous than another outrage is truly outrageous.
Black lives do matter. Nonetheless, as a result of liberal lethargy and conservative antipathy, in many parts of the US blacks are second-class citizens, at the mercy of local police and unable to gain access to decent jobs, housing, healthcare, and the other aspects of a middle-class life.
As a child, I was taught that God was and is love. When I watched white police officers and firefighters spraying black people with fire hoses and setting vicious dogs on them, I can remember my mother saying, without batting an eye, "We are to forgive them, Susan."
Could it be that we're forcing schoolchildren to pledge their allegiance to a divisive -- poisonous -- symbol? Could it be that honoring it, waving it, saluting it holds together an allegiance to moral superiority and unending global conflict?
The tragic shooting deaths of nine African-American congregants in a South Carolina church and its juxtaposition with the ongoing debate about police mistreatment of African-Americans in a nation led by president who is part African suggests we are in a curious moment in U.S. history.
It's time for white politicians to acknowledge institutional racism.
It's a strange encounter, one that I have never heard discussed in a sermon. Christian doctrine professes that Jesus is fully God and fully human, but getting into the messy implications of the Messiah's human side can make for an uncomfortable Bible study
If we hope to prevent violent crime in the US, we cannot constantly blame our problems on newcomers to our nation.
If enough mud can be tossed on Bland to cast doubt and suspicion about her character and motives, the hope is that the issue will quietly go away.
We are at an interesting crossroads right now. For a country that was founded on the slaughter of natives and the brutal enslavement of innocents, we have obviously made progress and strides in society. But our biggest challenge now -- that is in some ways even more difficult -- is eradicating institutional racism and inequality.
Bernie Sanders is unlikely to be the Democratic nominee, but he is having an impact on the primary race in several ways.