On July 25, 2016--three weeks after America watched an unarmed black man named Philando Castile bleed to death in front of his family on Facebook Live, after being shot by a police officer--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 passion for racial justice. You can call me a 'theologian' to put all that in a neat little box. For the past few years, I've been reading everything I can on racial justice and social change so that I can actively pursue the end of racism. 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.
But when I started speaking up about racial injustice I upset a lot of people, mostly from white evangelical Christian pastors. Having a background in theology myself, I started this site to help Christians understand why they should care about--and what they can do to pursue--racial justice. So I use my writing, speaking, music, and my story to provoke people (as I was provoked on July 26, 2016) to actively pursue racial justice.
I consider myself more of a student of racial justice and social change, sharing what I'm learning with people who look at the injustice in the world and say to themselves "it doesn't have to be this way."
Every Saturday, I publish an article giving insight on the intersection of faith, racial justice, and social change. I also offer resources for those interested in learning about racial justice and social change. And I occasionally send music. 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. 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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