I began my meditations here. Some further thoughts as I keep working my way through this classic piece.
I am working my way through the letter Dr. King wrote in 1963 and started HERE. More notes from my walk through the letter this year.
A few years ago when I was teaching American History and in a section on the Supreme Court and “famous cases” I actually read the dissent of John Marshall Harlan in the case of “Plessy vs. Ferguson.” One man dissented in a time when the Supreme Court routinely upheld Jim Crow laws on a unanimousContinue reading “The Great Dissenter”
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd, agreed to a guilty plea this week on civil rights charges from the federal government. He is admitting he violated George Floyd’s civil rights on the night he killed Floyd.
White supremacy thrives in the darkness. It thrives in a sealed chamber where only those who think they can get away with something act in a way that is below human. Until a video gets leaked.
When I was in graduate school, I took a very formative course on black church history with an African American pastor. I vividly recall him saying in class, when discussing racism in the church, “Don’t tell me what you believe about Jesus. Tell me how you feel about black people, and that will tell meContinue reading “Loving others in their context needs to happen FIRST”
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The communal grief (even though this verdict was a foregone conclusion) is real. I watch it unfold real time as the Kyle Rittenhouse “not guilty” verdict was announced. All I am left with is… HOW LONG, O LORD?
I KNOW WHY THE WHITE CHRISTIAN NATIONALISTS ARE STILL “CROWING” ABOUT CRT. They are wanting to regain the foothold of fear. They need legislatures and school boards to re-engage in new Jim Crow laws and tactics. THEY WANT FEAR. Where are we, as white believers? Black Christians are backed out. It’s not THEIR FAULT. ItContinue reading “Engaging the New Jim Crow”
“I’m going to tell you just like it is… There’s so much hypocrisy in this society and if we want America to be a free society, we have to stop telling lies.” — Fannie Lou Hamer It would be good for us, in our day, to call out the false fear surrounding CRT. Robert PContinue reading “Stop telling lies”