I’ve been asked a lot lately about what folks can read to learn more about race, justice, ethnicity, etc. so I’ve decided to collect together what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I hope to read next. I’ve read a lot of articles and summaries and read very, very few actual books. I’m hoping… Continue reading My Reading List
Note: For context of time, I wrote this post Thursday of last week, after the death of Alton Sterling. The news of Philando Castile’s death broke while I was in the middle of writing it. (This post originally referenced a photo of my family at the top that I’ve since removed. I’ve also changed my… Continue reading Please remember my Black son
(title referring to the Avenue Q song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist“, not necessarily saying everyone’s racist) When I was a freshman in college, well-intentioned but inexperienced in the ways of cross-cultural relationships, I joined an organization called InterVarsity that focuses, among other things, on “racial reconciliation”–working to intentionally bring together people of different races in love and,… Continue reading “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” (or, at least, I am)
(title in reference to “First they came …“) It’s the year 2014, in the United States of America, and the people whose entire livelihood is supposed to be the protection of civilians–the keeping of peace, the upholding of our freedoms, the protection of citizens–have donned military garb, weapons, tactics, and ideologies, and are advancing on… Continue reading First they came for the Black people, and I did not speak out
It’s 11:30pm, July 13, 2013. I just finished painting three walls of the dining room of my new house “deep rose”, a dark red color that’s stained my clothes and my hands. My wife and son are sleeping in rooms down the hall. After I finished cleaning the paintbrushes, I sat down to relax a… Continue reading An opportunity for grace & compassion
Once again, there’s a video that’s been making the rounds and I’ve found myself making the same response to it every time. I think it’s time to get my thoughts together in one place, and here it is. Before I start, here’s the video in question; it’s a clip of Morgan Freeman talking about his… Continue reading On Morgan Freeman and “Just stop talking about it.”
The word “racist” has a lot of weight attached to it. It’s the most powerful and descriptive word to address race-based discrimination, oppression, and general bad attitudes and behavior. However, it’s also painful and offensive to people who aren’t racist (or don’t consider themselves racist.) So how can we work around such a weighted term?… Continue reading Isn’t that “racist”?