Black Panther is a film by black people, for black people –– from all across the deeply beautiful spectrum that is the African continent and its vast diaspora. It is a film for them and their ancestors. For we who are white, I think it’s appropriate to consider a few things when it comes to … Continue reading 9 Things White People Need to Know Before Going to Black Panther
I went to a liberal arts college, where I hung out with liberal people, and I heard variations of “Africa is a #shithole.” On numerous occasions. One of my peeps, during a poker game one night, said we “should just bomb Africa and start over.” This was an educated, liberal guy. This ain’t just the … Continue reading The West has TREATED Africa like “Shit-hole” for a Long Time
Imagine if I wasn’t a white, straight, cisgender, American man who speaks English fluently? It made me think of all those who cross borders – those who are immediately perceived, even subconsciously, as a danger. As different.
Fellow white people: the responsibility of talking about race and racism doesn’t fall solely on people of color. It’s on us. Anti-racism work isn’t easy. And it requires something from we white people that is hard to admit – we mess up. A lot. I’m no different. I don’t talk about racism because I’m some … Continue reading Anti-Racism Work Is Hard But We Must Stick With It
I’m done with this “bible-believing” condescension that accompanies (largely) evangelical critiques of progressive Christianity. I believe the Bible just as much as you. I can quote it all over the place, just as much as you. I can throw out verses out of context to make a shallow pious point, like many leaders do (usually … Continue reading I’m Done with “Bible-Believing” Condescension from Evangelicals
Given the fact that white skin and white privilege largely goes unnoticed/unrecognized by white people – but rarely by our neighbors of color in this country – I felt it would be uniquely within my call as pastor to a Christian community to take on this project. So #WhitenessHistoryMonth was born.