I recently realized I wanted to stop reading modern books about race and justice and theology and spirituality, and instead start with the basics that everyone I know has read and references casually, but which I never actually read on my own. I asked my friend Jazzy for a good place to start, and she… Continue reading Christianity as a technique of survival for the oppressed
I needed a break from Kendi’s “How to Be An Antiracist” (I seldom am able to read books the whole way through at once), so I picked up my first book by James H. Cone, “Black Theology & Black Power”. I haven’t even made it past the introduction, but I’ve already hit a quote that… Continue reading Can America survive if it doesn’t reckon with the legacy of White Supremacy?
I grew up in a liberal city in the 90s. Color-blindness was the goal for every young white kid. I wrote a letter to the editor in my high school newspaper speaking out against affirmative action. “You’ve told us our entire lives we’re supposed to treat each other like we’re all the same,” I wrote… Continue reading Racial discrimination is not inherently racist
I think the biggest thing that I learned from the first two chapters of how to be an anti-racist by Ibram X Kendi is that there’s no such thing as not racist; you’re either racist or anti-racist in any given action. This is very interesting to me because I’m used to people saying, it’s not… Continue reading I am not racist or antiracist; I act, speak, or think in racist or antiracist ways