At every turn, with every lie, every corrupt action, every violent policy, every racist word, every encouragement of a white supremacist ideology, Mike Pence has supported, defended and covered for the President of the United States.
Donald Trump’s violent language caught on tape seemed to come as a shock to many white men. They were suddenly faced with the reality that their support of Trump sends a message to their white wives and white daughters, a message that they are objects who exist merely for the pleasure of men, that sexual assault is normal male behavior and conversation. Many white men were taken aback. The brave women who shared their experience of assault were not. Neither were my friends of color.
Facebook tells me I have 40 friends in the area of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed – at latest count – over 3900 people this weekend. 26 of them have marked they are ‘safe’ on Facebook’s Safety Check, and 14 have not checked in. My News Feed is full of photos documenting the destruction … Continue reading Nepal: Are my friends safe?
“Syria is dead. I don’t want to go back. It will not be what it was for a hundred years. I want to go to America, where my kids might have a future. There is nothing for them here.”
For me, talk of grace has always been tied to my relationship with God – the grace of getting to heaven, grace that a personal savior would love me and be in relationship with me. It gives me the feeling that all is well – as long as me and Jesus are okay.
It all seems a little privileged.
This is our world. And it is in this world of violence that the Cross of Christ stands on Golgotha – on the one hand as a typical victim of the injustice and systemic violence that plagues this world – and on the other hand as an unthinkable, foolish, dangerous, revolutionary, this-changes-everything act.