James decided to walk home from the gathering. The small town of Jasper, Texas was home. James knew the roads and people well. When a pickup truck pulled up next to James he wasn’t worried. He knew Shawn, the driver, from around town. He was less acquainted with the other two young men in the … Continue reading Lynching: America’s Genocide
The American police officer is standing directly in the middle of the conversation of race. He is no stranger to the environment of contention, contempt, and hatred. He is stoic in his uniform and his commitment to the community. The police officer must experience the raw, physical trauma and shear gore that comes with homicides, … Continue reading The Police Officer
God wants his people to talk about race. Talking about race might get uncomfortable, and that’s ok. The reason we need to have the conversation of race in our faith communities is quite simple. God wants us to do so. God has called his Church to be a reconciler to and with the world. … Continue reading How to Talk About Race in Church
On September 16, 2018 a white Dallas Police Officer, Amber Guyger ended her 13-hour tour of duty and went home like every other day. When she got home she took the elevator to her floor. She found her door and discovered the door wasn’t latched or locked as she had left it prior to her … Continue reading Brandt Jean: How a Hug Divided America.
“I don’t understand. Bathrooms, schools, and water fountains aren’t segregated anymore. There aren’t any more lynchings. Jim Crow is a paragraph in a history book. I have never owned a slave. Is there even a problem?” I have heard a variation of this many times. It always hurts a little to hear. Anytime our … Continue reading Is There Even a Problem?
“Ok, I see there is a problem, but now what?” Whether it is the life expectancy of black males, mass incarceration, capital punishment, police brutality, privatization of prisons, or another racial injustice that breaks your heart the next logical question is, “How do I fix it?” I understand not everyone will decide to change their … Continue reading Now What?
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Police officers in full tactical riot gear stand in formation outside the Ferguson police department a night after the riots and destruction that followed the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. (Photo by … Continue reading Season’s Greetings from Ferguson