On July 25, 2016, I decided (if you can call it that) to find the heaviest boulder I could manage and lug it around Los Angeles, to demonstrate the burden that systemic racism lays on the black psyche. Little did I know I had stumbled into the world of creative activism.
People tell me I shouldn't introduce myself with that story, cause it's weird or intimidating or whatever. But I think that's an important thing to know about me: I'm a writer, speaker, musician, and former pastor with a deep passion for racial justice. Some call me a 'theologian' to put all that in a neat little box.
I've lectured at universities, worked with community organizers and activists, talked with renowned thought leaders on racial justice, and organized protests and actions myself--all in an effort to be a part of a movement for racial justice. And I read voraciously about social change.
My journey has convinced me that we are not obligated to live in a world where people are systematically disadvantaged because of racial categories. It doesn't have to be this way because ordinary people--that's right, insurance salesmen and soccer moms and students and the like--have the power to change society and create history.
I've been told that I help people gain a fresh perspective on the connections between faith and racial justice, which energizes me to my core. I live to convince ordinary people that together we can build a more just society and provoke them to use that power. And I believe that Christians have an obligation to pursue justice.
To be candid, the Christian faith stopped making sense to me, and stopped being compelling for me, until I started thinking more about the connections between faith and justice. Now I'm more convinced than ever that the Christian faith is about justice. And I live to help others see those connections so that they can live as hopeful change agents in the world. We can do this, people! It doesn't have to be this way.
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