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'Some Folks Just Woke Up:' Families of Victims of Police Brutality Join 'Justice for All' March in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 12/14/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

“We will march until hell freezes over. And when it does, we will march on the ice." “Excuse my ignorance, I thought I was a  free  black man.” “I’m 11 [years old], I ma ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. That is a fundame ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: 'White Privilege’ Is A Euphemism For ‘White Supremacy’
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:58am | Type: Press

November 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Marc Lamont Hill ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 3:50pm | 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 - 12:50pm | 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 ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

'I Have A Complaint' -- No -- 'I Have A Dream'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

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

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:40pm | 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 ...

Race Wars and Mustard Seeds
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 8:05am | 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 - 12:34pm | 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 - 10:10am | 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 ...

Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

It is easy to let your stereotypes fly free on Twitter, but it’s just as easy to let them fly around the bar or kitchen table. And it’s easy to let those stereotypes control your behavior. ...

Why White Evangelical Churches Don't Wear Hoodies
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Press

August 2, 2013 Sojo in the News Rev. Mae Elise Cannon ...

They Will Kill You
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Ewuare X. Osayande Excerpt from Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander they will ki ...

So Much Is At Stake: Reform and Race
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 1:20pm | 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 ...

WATCH: Jim Wallis Talks Trayvon Martin, Race, and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 10:44am | 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 ...

A Great Story Changes Everyone: 'Fruitvale Station'
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 2:21pm | 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 ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 8:49am | 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 - 11:42am | 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 Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:30am | Type: Press

July 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

The Color of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:17am | 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 - 7:43am | 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 - 4:59pm | 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. ...

A prayer for peace
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

July 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Alan Sherouse ...

The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin Continues
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Press

July 22, 2013 Sojo in the News EJ ...

Senator John McCain: Arizona's Stand Your Ground Law Should Be Reviewed
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Sen. John McCain is requesting review of the recently publicized “stand your ground” law in the state of Arizona. Following an outpouring amount of controversy over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, McCain is requesting actio ...

A Time to Mourn
Originally Posted: 07/21/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

A corporate injustice has occurred and the last thing we should do as people of privilege is to try to shut down the voices that have experienced genuine suffering and are speaking to the reality of an ongoing ...

President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago’
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

President Obama addressed the nation today regarding the George Zimmerman trial, giving his thoughts on the nation's response to the verdict and the state of racism in our society. ...

The Neighborhood Watch: The Story of the Blind Samaritan
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

If Sanford, FL, wasn’t so nervous about the growing black population, which spurred the creation of their Watch program in 2011, maybe they’d see that all those black folk moving in were not invaders but neigh ...

Mandela, Martin, and Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

What better way to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday today than to reflect on his concept of Ubuntu? Ubuntu, a word from the Bantu languages of southern Africa — roughly translated “I am because we are ...

The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of its enforcement power. Last week the House GOP voted to eliminate 100 percent of funding for food stamps from the Farm Bill. As a result, ...

'Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

If the Church is going to survive we can no longer talk around the issue of racism. We can’t pray around it, and we can’t Holy Ghost dance around it. We truly have to deal with it. ...

Beautiful Brown Boy: A Poem
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

Aas God is my witness, sweet boy, you will never be forgotten   Beautiful brown boy On the ground Eyes open Not seeing the rain Pouring into them Jaw slack  ...

Why Grieve for Trayvon?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

I began to think that tragedies like these cause us to slow down, and even come to a stop. They cause us to open our eyes for a moment and see that our actions have consequences. But on the other side of these ...

An American Story
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

The story of Trayvon Martin is a story that must be lamented if we are to write a story of justice in the weeks, months, and even years ahead. So my first response this week is lament and deep sadness. ...

Lament From a White Father
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Press

July 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Progressive Faith Leader Jim Wallis Issues Harsh Rebuke of Zimmerman Acquittal: ‘Racial Profiling Is a Sin in the Eyes of God’
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

July 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

Lament from a White Father
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Racial profiling is a sin in the eyes of God. It should also be a crime in the eyes of our society, and the laws we enact to protect each other and our common good. It’s time fo ...

SCOTUS Arizona Immigration Law Decision: Who Wins? (Pt. 1)
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2012 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Southern Baptists’ Richard Land Loses Show, Keeps Job
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Land, the influential head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the denomination’s top policy spokesman, was rebuked for racial insensitivity and for not attr ...

Uncertain Future for Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Richard Land's future is in doubt amid an investigation over his remarks about the Trayvon Martin shooting and for alleged plagiarism. NASHVILLE — For the past 24 years, Ric ...

After Meeting with Black Southern Baptists, Richard Land Apologizes (Again)
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 9:06am | 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 ...

NRA Spokespeople Not Helping the Cause
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

It’s really no wonder that many in the general public perceives the NRA as a right-wing extremist group bent on creating divisions in society where there aren’t any, and preying upon the fears of an us-versus- ...

Southern Baptists to Probe Richard Land’s Trayvon Martin Remarks
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Southern Baptist leaders will investigate whether their top ethicist and public policy director plagiarized racially charged remarks about the Trayvon Martin case that many say set back the denomination's ...

Richard Land Apologizes for Comments on Trayvon Martin Case
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Richard Land, who leads the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, wrote to SBC president Bryant Wright to express his “deep regret for any hurt or misunderstanding" his comments may have ca ...

Rachel is Weeping: Ending Racial Profiling in America
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Racial profiling not only threatens the psychological and emotional well-being of targeted communities. The practice can lead to death. Editor’s note: The following written test ...

Trayvon Martin: Zimmerman Charged with 2nd Degree Murder
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 6:53am | Type: Blog

Authorities in Florida have charged George Zimmerman, 28, with 2nd-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla., in late February. Authoriti ...

BREAKING: In DC, Trayvon's Parents Call for Calm as Charges Loom
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Appearing at the Rev. Al Sharpton's fourth annual National Action Network convention in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, the parents of Trayvon Martin -- Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton -- called on ...

BREAKING NEWS: Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Case
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post is reporting: Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin , a ...