I won’t delve into the details of what has been going on with RELEVANT, a Christian media outlet that caters to white evangelical, exvangelical, and progressive millennials. There has been much written about what has happened already (by people closer to the situation than I) and Cameron Strang, the CEO of RELEVANT whose leadership was… Continue reading It’s Not Just Relevant
"It's hard to leave your church home," my mom said. Her voice hung with a note of sadness that didn't go away the half dozen or more times that I heard her repeat this phrase to various parishoners at our new church. I was thirteen at the time, and I didn't quite understand what the… Continue reading Leaving Home
Blessed Are the Disrupters
The following is the text of a sermon that I preached as a guest speaker at a local church. Blessed Are the Disrupters The title of my message tonight is “Blessed are the Disrupters.” But before I get too deep into my message, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I always… Continue reading Blessed Are the Disrupters
Schools: Stop doing “Crazy Hair Day”
As we enter homecoming/spirit day season, I want to make you all aware of something that I didn't know was happening until a friend told me (we didn't have this particular day when I was in school): When "Crazy hair day" (or any other day that would behoove one to wear costumed hair) comes along… Continue reading Schools: Stop doing “Crazy Hair Day”
No, discourse isn’t dead. You’re not saying anything worth listening to.
It’s easy to have “well-reasoned” discourse when it isn’t your humanity, dignity, or well-being that is being treated like an intellectual exercise.
Living in the fierce urgency of now
I do not expect every black person to be as outspoken about racism and justice as I am. It would be unreasonable to expect everyone to be in the streets, writing, speaking, and otherwise engaging this topic at a high level. However, I hope that we will recognize what Dr. King called “the fierce urgency… Continue reading Living in the fierce urgency of now
Black folks can’t live in peace, and we certainly can’t die in peace
Black people can’t escape indignity, even in death. It is a privilege for one’s memory to Rest In Peace.
Taking a stand on a slave auction block
My ancestors’ heels were bruised by white supremacy, but my feet will crush its head.
Dictating the conditions of freedom
Call it patriotism, respect for the troops, law and order, or anything else, but when white people attempt to curtail black people’s right to protest, it will always be racism.
The White Man’s Religion: How white Christians can pursue racial reconciliation
I would like for my white Christian friends to consider something: Slavery and segregation are stumbling blocks to African Americans receiving the gospel. You may be shouting to yourself, "But slavery was a long time ago! Segregation was a long time ago! I had nothing to do with either! Why don't they just get over… Continue reading The White Man’s Religion: How white Christians can pursue racial reconciliation