The two Department of Justice reports about Mike Brown and Ferguson PD reveal much about how you think about race in America.
Seven states have designated April, the month when the Civil War both began and ended, as Confederate Heritage Month. The official proclamation, signed by the governor of my own adopted home of Mississippi says, "it is important for all Americans to reflect on our nation's past...and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities … Continue reading “Celebrating” Confederate Heritage Month
How do you celebrate the life of the most prominent Civil Rights leader in the country? In 1983, after a massive public push that garnered 6 million petition signatures, Ronald Reagan signed the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday into federal law. Henceforth, many public and private institutions would celebrate Dr. King by taking a day off … Continue reading How I Plan to Celebrate MLK Day
Even though Ferguson, Missouri is 500 miles from where I live, the events unfolded with a startling nearness. The death of unarmed African American teenager, Mike Brown, at the hands of White police officer, Darren Wilson, felt personal. I know some facts of the case are murky. I know intelligent people profoundly disagree on whether … Continue reading The Image of God in the African American Experience
Racial conversations have a frustrating repetitiveness. Whenever another racially charged incident happens we regurgitate the same conversations. We speak of individual responsibility and systemic ills. We speak of our nation’s “original sin” of slavery and its lasting effects. We speak of the insensitivity of “others” whoever they may be. Elements of these conversations have validity; … Continue reading Let’s Re-frame Racial Dialogue in Biblical Terms