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Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

The Michael Dunn Trial Verdict Sparks Renewed Debate Over Racial Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

Transcript For Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons And Lucas Johnson On Deromanticizing The Civil Rights Movement And Rediscovering Its Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Krista Tippett ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

'If I Were White, I'd Be Better Off'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When a 9-year-old boy can see the sad reality of white privilege and understand that the color of your skin is what defines you in our society, we have a serious problem. &quo ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

The problem is the systemic injustice inherent in Stand Your Ground laws: just feeling like you are being threatened can justify your response in “self-defense.” Some laws are gre ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

A Spirituality of Solitude
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford Miles of yellow wheat bend; the ...

Shifting the Frame
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination—but that’s changing. “CINEMA IS ...

'Dear Martin': Bishop's Letters to MLK Trace the Highs and Lows in Race Relations
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 9:22pm | Type: Blog

The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with speeches, prayers, and volunteer service. The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin ...

White People Need a Non-White Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

If our modern Jesus is only white, then we miss who Jesus really was and is today. In the wake of Megyn Kelly’s statement that “Jesus was a white man,” critics have quickly and un ...

No, Megyn Kelly, Jesus and Santa Weren't White
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Rather than fight over Santa's and Jesus' race, it might be a good idea to confront the underlying issue of racism in America. Conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly cl ...

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Business leaders, law enforcement officials, and evangelical Christians—key constituencies that are typically part of the Republican base—have been at the forefront of immigration reform. ...

Racial Reconciliation Resources
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way. Racism continues to ...

Southern Baptists' LifeWay Apologizes for Offensive Curriculum
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

The president of Southern Baptist retailer LifeWay Christian Resources has apologized for publishing Vacation Bible School material nearly 10 years ago that “used racial stereotypes that offended many in the A ...

'American Promise' Film Documents Two Black Families Navigating Education in America
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

The documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity. American Promise  spans 13 years as Joe Brewste ...

'I Have A Complaint' -- No -- 'I Have A Dream'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

August 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

After Racial Strife, New Pledge Commits Christians to Unity and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Press Releases At the end of a year that exposed the ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

The most controversial sentence I ever wrote, considering the response to it, was not about abortion, marriage equality, the wars in Vietnam or Iraq, elections, or anything to do with national or church politi ...

The American Church's Absence of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

The absence of lament in the liturgy of the American church results in the loss of memory. When we consider the typical church worship service in the United States, we discover ce ...

Waiting for Another MLK
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Are we waiting for another Dr. King? As I collect my thoughts to write these words, I’m mindful that I don’t honestly know what discrimination is. I have never (consciously) experienced discrimination because ...

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus shared the same experience as my ancestors, the enslaved African. My ancestors rescued that story, through faith in a living, breathing God. Crickets chirping, a branch crea ...

How Feeling Each Other’s Pain Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

When we identify with people, we extend our hearts and hands to them. Strange but beautiful things happen when we begin to identify with people who are culturally different. A fe ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

Racism is a Sin Affecting Abuser and Abused
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The ethos of slavery still runs deep in our national consciousness. Alfre Woodard, a supporting actress in the upcoming movie 12 Years a Slave, hopes that point is taken by all who see it. ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

'12 Years a Slave' Creates 'New Space for Antebellum Storytelling'
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave sits within and outside the Hollywood fantasy of antebellum life. Since the production of  The Birth of a Nation , Hollywood has lived with the ...

Letters from a School Near MLK Street
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Read Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the field. But in place of American blue-collar workers dealing with the loss of manufacturing, or Hispanic day-laborers waiting to be hired throughout the ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

From the Archives: November 1994
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Parker Losing Innocence I GREW UP in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived “out in the booneys,” ...

Diverse But Not Integrated: Religion’s Race Problem
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The trouble is that, as the color-coded population distributions in the article point out, we’re just as segregated as before, despite living in relatively close proximity to one another. ...

'I Have A Complaint' — No — 'I Have a Dream'
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

There was much to complain about for black Americans, and there is much to complain about today for many in this nation. But King taught us that day our complaints or critiques, or even our dissent will never ...

Crowds Recall the Faith that Animated MLK’s Unfinished Dream
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr., knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, religious leaders gathered in a historic church to remind the nation that he was fueled by faith. ...

'Because They Marched:' Obama's Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's speech from the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Editor's Note:  The fol ...

On Scripture: Whose Banquet Is It Anyway?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

As we commemorate the March on Washington, let us keep before us not only the racial issues that continue to plague our nation, but also whose banquet we are ultimately trying to attend as we seek to address t ...

'The Butler:' Owning Our Collective Story
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

My eyes are continually covered by the veil of white privilege. I must constantly tear it away and see the world as it is, not as I have enjoyed it.  As people stepped on our toes ...

Race Wars and Mustard Seeds
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Now, nearly 50 years after the second American jubilee, African Americans are being stripped of dignity and constitutionally protected freedoms like we have not seen since Jim Crow. ...

Racism in the Legal System: Beyond the Quick-Fix Approach
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

I believe evangelicals have the possibility of addressing racial injustice in a more creative way that could get more closely to the roots of the problem if we took the time to think creatively. ...

Is 'the Dream' Under Attack?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

The recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to gut the enforcement section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the decision of the jury in the George Zimmerman trial have left me wondering about the dream, wo ...

To Move Beyond Denial
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Where do we go from here? From the denial of racism to the naming and facing of racism. If we are to move forward, we must acknowledge that racism is alive and well in the American psyche. It continues to fu ...

'Fighting Words' from the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013. BACK IN THE day, when ...

At the Door of the Church
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to white and black people of faith. [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "At the Door of the Church," which appeared in the Nove ...

So Much Is At Stake: Reform and Race
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Politics really isn’t the problem here. Nobody wants to talk about what is at the very heart of the problem: race. The battles over immigration reform and race have weighed heavil ...

By Accident of Birth
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Growing up white in Detroit [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "By Accident of Birth," which appeared in the June-July 1983 issue of Sojourners ...

In The Middle: The Challenge of Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

An interview with Catherine Meeks [Catherine Meeks, a Sojourners contributing editor, was an instructor and the director of Afro-American studies at Mercer University in Mac ...

Whose America is It?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

WHO ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? And how are we going to get there? We can no longer answer these questions. Indeed, we have stopped asking them. But just as the future of blacks seemed to be in peril when inte ...

WATCH: Jim Wallis Talks Trayvon Martin, Race, and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict earlier this month to give his thoughts on race, faith, and truth. Jim Wallis sat down after the George Zimmerman verdict ...

Racism: America's Original Sin
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Legacy of White Racism [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "America's Original Sin," which appeared in the November 1987 issue of Sojour ...

A Great Story Changes Everyone: 'Fruitvale Station'
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The only way our stories change is through experience, and since we can’t experience everything, we have to rely on other people to help us along. Telling a story, I remind my students, is a privilege, because ...

Ooh! Is That Racism on Your Shoe?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A straight-shooting white friend once commented that whenever blacks and whites are together it's like there's a "big pile of poop in the middle of the room" that everybody sees and smells ...