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'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: 05/14/2014 - 7:12am | 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 ...

Can We Talk? White Privilege Today
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Suddenly, it seems, white people are seeing the racial divide as looming larger than before. Race, so often dismissed by white people as an insignificant factor in contemporary U.S. society, has acquired meani ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I don’t know what John thought of me when he first saw me, after we spoke, or now, a few days later. But as we were exiting our aisle, John and I thanked each other for such civil and rich discourse. ...

Reflections on Race, Faith, and Gingrich
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

The current reality is that a large portion of the Body is hurting and there’s another substantial part of the Body that’s completely numb to our pain. In light of the Zi ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

America, we have a problem with race. And with guns. Oddly, I wasn't there the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. I wasn't in the jury box either. Some commenta ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting Gun Violence and Racism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a pastor who is a foster mother to a four year-old African American boy, wrote this hymn after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. ...

A History of Discrimination Earns President Obama a Right to Speak
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

Many other American groups also have their prisms of understanding aligned in part by histories of discrimination, some more current than others. And outsiders can’t really know fully what they feel, either. ...

The View from the Bleachers
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C. THROUGH THE WRITER of the letter to th ...

'Why Are White People So Mean?'
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Laments engage "the most unbearable questions of faith." THE METRO IS crowded tod ...

Love, Race, and History
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 1:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Trethewey focuses her keen verbal gifts on the most sensitive nerve in American life. WHE ...

Blessed Fiction
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Novels to stretch the mind and heart. Glorybound, by Jessie van Eerden. WordFarm. A luminou ...

Connecting the Dots
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship between climate change, poverty, and immigration. ...

On Scripture: We'll Walk Hand in Hand?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Some 12 million women, men, and children across these United States await with bated breath to see what political deals will be made to construct either a pathway to citizenship or pave a road to deportation h ...

From the Archives: December 1974
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Samuel Escobar Spiritualized Poverty WHY IS the message of a poor Galilean preacher “good news for the poor”? ...

GGNFT: Two Irish Boys Cover 'We Found Love (in a Hopeless Place)' SQUEEEEE!!!!
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

God Girl's New Favorite Thing for Oct. 25, 2012: Two Irish boys cover Rihanna's "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place,"... which gives her hope in a zillion ways. She tracked them down in Irel ...

A Tempest in Arizona
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books are removed from classrooms to avoid discussion of race, ethnicity, or Mexican American history. ...

Racial Politics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It is contrary to Christian values to use attacks on welfare to win white votes. RACE WAS THE issu ...

A Revolutionary Picture
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Larry Doby was black and Steve Gromek was white. Gromek was from the working-class culture of Hamtramck, Mich., and Doby from the Jim Crow culture of Camden, S.C. It was a revolutionary picture because it show ...

Education and the Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jan Resseger Julie Polter An advocate for public education argues that trying to make ...

'We Have a Long Way to Go'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes, talks about ...

The Uncomfortable Questions Around Terrorism and Race
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

An article in The Atlantic takes on race and terrorism. Conor Friedersdorf writes for The Atlantic : Since 9/11, many Americans have conflated terrorism with Musli ...

Millennial Generation: The Word Made Flesh
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The Millennial generation embodies Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s original vision. The very seed of the dream has germinated. They carry it in their DNA, literally. Not long a ...

Race and Religion Remain Key Issues in Presidential Campaign
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Christian Post reports on race and religion. The Christian Post reports:  "A new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday highlights the differences between Amer ...

Beauty and Liberation
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

E. Ethelbert Miller A tribute to artist Elizabeth Catlett WHENEVER I entered a museum gallery and saw sculptu ...

Hell and Mr. Fudge
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

A new film, 'Hell and Mr. Fudge', compresses the events of the years when Edward Fudge, now a Houston-based lawyer and internationally known Bible teacher and author, began an intensive study of the ...

After Meeting with Black Southern Baptists, Richard Land Apologizes (Again)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has issued a lengthy public apology for his racially charged comments about the Trayvon Martin case, and said he has sent a personal letter to President Obama seeking forgi ...

SBC's Richard Land Says Obama, Jackson, Sharpton 'Exploiting' Trayvon Martin's Death
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:36pm | Type: Blog

“Rather than holding rallies on these issues, the civil rights leadership focuses on racially polarizing cases to generate media attention and to mobilize black voter turnout,” Richard Land, president of the S ...