Where Do We Go From Here? Maintaining Faith in the Midst of Suffering

"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him. For the help of his presence." - Psalm 42.5 After another agonizing week of around the clock coverage of the war against black bodies, we find ourselves here again. Once …

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Your Vision of Racial Reconciliation is Inadequate

I see you. I see your facebook posts and tweets calling for racial reconciliation in light of last week’s compounding tragedies. I see your vision for unity and peace, for America to bridge the racial divide that keeps us at odds. I hear it in your preaching and in your worship. And in the articles …

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Facing Racism, Embracing Hope Part I

“Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.” These are the opening words to Ta-Nehisi Coates seminal work, the Case for Reparations, published in the Atlantic in …

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The Black Body: Prophets Against Empire

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth …

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The Role of Law, Science, and Religion in Both Perpetuating and Overturning Racism

Every day, it seems, I bear witness to the reality that rights to humanity are not afforded to everyone in this country. Every day as I face the world, I see life being snatched away from men, women, and children simply because they are black. This fate is no respecter of persons in that it does …

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Opportunity Gap? The Biggest Opportunity We Lack is The Opportunity to Live

We are all familiar with the gaps in access to opportunity that black Americans experience in education, housing, and employment. While these are important issues that need to be addressed, we also need to identify and name the biggest opportunity gap that black Americans face - that is, the opportunity to live and be fully …

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The Irrational Politics of Law

How does it feel to be a problem? This is the question that W.E.B. du Bois asked reflecting on the black experience in America. Or rather, how does it feel to be intentionally targeted and controlled by the rule of law? How does it feel to know that the laws that are being erected and …

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