Read American history,— Marlena Proper Deida Graves (@MarlenaGraves) July 21, 2021
You will see
laws being pushed now, legally
by those who spurn racialized reality
mirror sins of their ancestry
almost exactly the same as 1963
They curse(d) and kill(ed) Black people and POC
Creatively justify bigotry
Calling selves Christians-oh really?
This clip is incredibly powerful and serves as a sharp example of a prophetic word.
The further in and deeper down black preachers go into white evangelicalism the more anti-justice and anti-black they become.
Many Black pastors have said, “Thank you so much for writing this book.” Or young Black people who find themselves in evangelical spaces coming out of the Black church said, “There’s finally a book that helps me explain where I come from.”Read more
This is the era in which I grew up. Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority. Right to Life. Republican Party. God bless America. All rolled into one.
Over the years I began to extract myself from that. Remnants remain and I will probably always be picking out small roots that fiercely remain. Kristin Kobes DuMez brings all that brief history flooding back in her bestseller Jesus and John Wayne. There are some hard realities I am reminded of as I read this book.Read more
These three quick responses showed up right in a row in my Twitter feed.
My heart breaks all over again.
The state of Arizona is getting its gas chamber ready to execute people using hydrogen cyanide, the deadly gas used by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other extermination camps during the Holocaust.
The Guardian reported last week that it had obtained documents revealing that Arizona’s department of corrections has spent more than $2,000 to purchase the ingredients to make cyanide gas—including a solid brick of potassium cyanide purchased in December for $1,530 and the sodium hydroxide pellets and sulfuric acid that are used to generate the lethal gas.
In the past five years, and I fully understand what that represents in time and certain people that will go nameless, we’ve seen an unleashing of spiritual destruction. Decay is not strong enough as a description. The utter rottenness of white conservative Christianity has been exposed over and over. Instead of repenting, there has been a constant doubling down of Christian Nationalism, racism, and misogyny.Read more
A Lament:Read more
A year ago there was hope. The shock of Ahmaud Arbery’s mugging, then Breonna Taylor, and then George Floyd provided a time when there was hope that white evangelical America was actually listening. I loaned out books. I bought books for others. I invited folks into conversation.
Then… well, we got tired. White fatigue set back in.Read more