Human nature allows us to think our way out of blindspots. Tribalism is muted by other human creations, such as diverse communities with complex structures and more universalistic values. We call that civilization.
With a controversial issue, like race, and a power structure that's resistant to change, it takes support and affirmation from people of influence to move the needle.
Many like to describe our country as a country of laws and a Christian country, but is it possible to be both when civil law so badly contradicts the laws that Christ taught us?
With all negativity in this world, if we can take different point of view, we will realize that there is actually a lot that we can and need to do if we want to make this world a better place to live in.
Historic. That was the reaction to President Obama's recent remarks on Trayvon Martin. That stage, that podium, that office all registered this humani...
Unfortunately, it is safe to assume that had the U.S. Supreme Court not reached its verdict in 1967, many states would have kept their laws against interracial marriage for as long as they could.
By: Bianca Brooks I followed the Trayvon Martin case from day one. I read countless articles, social commentary, and notes on the trial. When the case...
By: Pendarvis Harshaw Watching "Fruitvale Station" in Oakland was more like watching a memory than watching a movie. When the film showed people smo...
Here's what the race baiters on the right fail to comprehend: There's a clear-cut, easy-to-follow blueprint for avoiding the ravages of black-on-black violence and crime. America has yet to provide us a comparable blueprint for avoiding racial profiling.
That right-wing refutation has been found on the fringes of the conservative movement for years, if not decades. But in recent weeks, the blanket denial of the existence of racism has been mainstreamed and embraced as an empirical far-right truth.
In this week's issue, against the backdrop of the Trayvon Martin case, the decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, and Detroit's bankruptcy, Howard Fineman looks at how far we still are from true equality for African-Americans.
The last time I went to Chicago, as we hugged goodbye at the airport, my father said, "Tell John we said hello. And tell him we love him. You know what? John has cured me of my prejudice, I am not lying."
Changing the racial inequity we may have been advancing requires huge changes in our core values, but how can we effect change when we can't even look each other in the eye?
In this case, though, the prosecution did not understand that they needed to select a jury that would be willing to have a conversation about the role of race in this case.
Trayvon Martin has done so much more than die. He has revealed a system working perfectly in its intended order; and for the moment, rendered visible the yoke that encircles the poor and aggrieved.
How should the evangelical church help to "solve this race problem?" The answer is the same as it was 50 years ago: not just by sparking a "national conversation," but by examining our hearts and reforming our laws. That is how we start to reconcile that segregated Sunday morning.