Dear Roy, You were the friend of my youth. You are black and I am white. When we became adults, we drifted apart. You served in the military. I served in the ministry. You died too soon for me to tell you this in person, so I’ll tell you now. You endured more than you … Continue reading A letter to Roy. He’s the Black guy in my pictures.
Practical devotion in post-Christian America?
An endorsement of Matt Schur's Imperfectly Perfect “What sort of flag would Jesus fly and why does the one in the sanctuary have stars and stripes?” This is among many profound questions asked by Matt Schur in his latest offering Imperfectly Perfect. This question resonates with me, because much of my time as a writer … Continue reading Practical devotion in post-Christian America?
Just one tear. Reflecting on “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
“The vast generosity of women is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody knows where it leads. The writing on the walls spells out trick questions, and as a man, you must know that you cannot reason your way out.” I read these words this morning among the closing pages of an emotionally charged and delightful read … Continue reading Just one tear. Reflecting on “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
Not racist or Anti-Racist?
In recent years, the terms "not racist" and "anti-racist" have become increasingly prevalent in discussions about race and social justice. While both terms may appear to have similar meanings, there are significant differences between the two. Being "not racist" implies a passive stance that involves refraining from engaging in racist behavior or espousing racist beliefs. … Continue reading Not racist or Anti-Racist?
What isn’t acknowledged will never change
I recently posted on my Facebook page some thoughts I had about suffering, and thought I would expand on those thoughts here. Both the Christian and Jewish Scriptures communicate truths to us about how to address suffering in our lives and in the lives of others. But one of the difficulties in addressing suffering is … Continue reading What isn’t acknowledged will never change
Learning from Rihanna and Damar
There is a much controversy still fomenting this week, specifically among white Americans on the internet, in responses to the appearances, behavior, and performances of Black people at Super Bowl 57. I believe that in many respects it is because this Superbowl, unlike all those before it, for the first time featured two Black men, … Continue reading Learning from Rihanna and Damar
Let the year of Jubilee begin. Let’s talk about Reparations.
The issue of reparations for Black Americans has been a topic of significant debate in the United States for many decades. The idea behind reparations is to compensate descendants of enslaved Africans for the atrocities and injustices inflicted upon their ancestors. While some argue that reparations are unnecessary or too difficult to implement, there is … Continue reading Let the year of Jubilee begin. Let’s talk about Reparations.
I'm coming to terms with the fact that for a long time my emotional growth was truncated. As I reflect on my past relationships, I've come to understand that I lacked empathy for my friends and family. Sure, I loved people, but often only to the extent that I believed they could help me in … Continue reading Empathy matters
Why issues of inequality should matter to all of us
Often I'm asked the question, "Why do I care about injustices perpetrated against Black people in America, and why do I speak and write about these issues so frequently?" My answer is that we would all do well to care about what happens to our fellow citizens, because what happens to one impacts the lives … Continue reading Why issues of inequality should matter to all of us
Essential readings for Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people throughout history. It's a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the Black community and to learn about the richness and diversity of Black culture. Whether you're Black or not, this month is an opportunity to gain a … Continue reading Essential readings for Black History Month
Ten powerfully influential Black Americans
Black Americans have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the United States, despite facing systemic racism and discrimination for centuries. Influential Black Americans have made immense contributions to the fields of politics, entertainment, sports, and activism, among others. Although it is impossible to compile a comprehensive list of all the great Black … Continue reading Ten powerfully influential Black Americans
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