If God requires it of me to oppress people to be a Christian, I’m going to hell.Read More
I never imagined a time would come when I would suggest that it may be good news that Neo-Nazi’s and Klanspeople have been marching American streets, but that time today.Read More
When the marginalized are pulled to the center, and we move toward the margins, we are blurring the lines altogether: we are literally recreating the world. When we do this, we are all laying hold of our highest humanity.Read More
The overt racists--the Klans(wo)men, the neo-Nazis--are not our biggest problem when it comes to race relations in America. The biggest problem is the network of historic biases, cultural norms, and political structures that continue to inform the ways black Americans are treated in their neighborhoods, in the workplace, in the housing market, in the healthcare system, and in the criminal justice system. It is that network of obstacles that the extremist is trying to protect.Read More
I want to speak to these terms and conditions from an angle that I don't think we hear enough: the fact that even if it were true that "black-on-black" crime were special, it still wouldn't automatically mean that black people have to fix it before we can resist all of the other ways that we experience racial injustice in America.Read More
As I've spoken up about racial injustice last year, I've gotten a lot of feedback to the tune of, "You talk about the problem a lot, but you haven't suggested any solutions."Read More
The idea that until they are convinced that racism is a problem, then the problem of racism doesn't exist. Therefore, black people have to "prove" that racism is a real thing that is hurting people today. There are a couple of problems with those terms.Read More
Whenever we are trying to master a new skill, we risk making a fool of ourselves. That's a part of the journey.Read More
Part 2 of the Terms and Conditions series.
The real question here is not why are so many black people so angry, because the answer to that question is pretty obvious. The real question here is why is it so hard for people to just honor our feelings?Read More
We are not pleading with people to save us. We are inviting them to save themselves.Read More
In my experience, the longer I’ve known people, and the closer they are, the less they listen. Perhaps I should have bought them a beer.Read More
"...we may not be able to do much about the past, but perhaps we can choose a better future."Read More
For nearly 3 months now, I've been dragging a solid granite boulder around Los Angeles on a wagon, to convey to all who see it the weight that people of color carry in America.Read More
We sing to Jesus as the Ruler of God’s Universe, but want Hammurabi to watch our streets.Read More
Travel Virgin Playlist: InterludeRead More
Travel Virgin's Playlist, Track 3:
There’ve been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time comin’,
But I know, oh-oo-oh, a change gonna come, oh yes, it will.
Travel Virgin's Playlist, Track 2:
I wanna run, I want to hide
I wanna tear down the walls
That hold me inside.
Travel Virgin's Playlist, Track 1:
"Hey open the door,
I want a new life..."
To be black in America is to be a threat, a life-long suspect.Read More