What I do know is when we are loud doing anything we do—winning, playing, running, dancing, creating, loving, sweating, singing, laughing, and even swimming—we are loud because, in that moment, we are free.
Our church is in a multi-cultural suburb that is located right between the cities where Philando Castile and Jamar Clark were killed by police officers. And our church was asked to host a Police and community listening session which was being facilitated by a Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee to the police in our city of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. And I was asked to be a facilitator.
Continuing to use the term “minorities” does nothing to challenge the systemic and institutional hierarchies borne of racism, unconscious bias, and White privilege. Instead, it allows existing power imbalances to persist.
It was a grey day in the Atlanta University Center. I was a freshman at Morehouse College headed back to my LLC dorm room between my morning and afternoon classes. As I made my way, there was chatter on the yard of an airplane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City. I […]
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the case of poor Ms. Jennifer Cramblett. In 2011, Ms. Cramblett, along with her partner Amanda Zinkon decided they wanted to start a family. They found a sperm bank and selected a donor. After a couple of months of artificial insemination, Ms. Cramblett found out she was pregnant. […]
As faith, specifically Christianity, was a key component in both the enslavement and liberation of Black people in America, Coates’ use of biblical scripture as his very first reference in a conversation about payback affirms our initial question: is there a biblical case for Black reparations? Yes. Yes there is.