My reflection in the Washington Post on the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's killing.
I have never used the word "evangelical" to describe myself or my faith. Yet ever since I first became a Christian in high school I have always been in or near evangelical institutions. On a social and demographic level these groups have invariably been predominantly white. I quickly learned that in the United States to … Continue reading One Black Man’s Experience with White Evangelicalism
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
In the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of African American teenager, Michael Brown, opinion posts are dotting the Internet landscape. Here are a few early posts about Ferguson, race, and the viewpoints of Christians. The Ferguson Grand Jury Has Given Us Our Marching Orders … Continue reading Roundup: Seven Early Posts on Ferguson
Unless we have a vested interest in the good of our neighbors racial problems will continue.