Walls have a been a popular tool at various times through history for excluding and dividing. They are a powerful visual and psychological symbol. Something politicians can point to and say “we did something.” A solution that allows nations to avoid the hard work of repairing relationships, passing mutually beneficial policies, and making difficult (-and … Continue reading Walls are Symbols Politicians Can Point to and Say “We Did Something!”
When I was in high school, my white best friend referred to me as Nigger. Sometimes she called me nicknames like Suzie, Suz, “Z,” or my Congolese name, Nginda (she never did quite get the pronunciation right), but every so often, she unabashedly called me Nigger. And I let her. Stories like these are sprinkled … Continue reading I Let Them Call Me Nigger: Unpacking My History of Internalized Racism
I had virtually no relationship with my grandparents in Taiwan — but now that I see my parents with my son, I understand why my friends were so excited about theirs.
We must be clear that in every culture and in every historical moment, we are doing theology from a specific socio-political location, and it is necessary that in each moment, we analyze the contributions and acts of each consciously contextualized theology in order to work for justice, dignity, and renewal.
Jesus taught us to “love our neighbors as ourselves” or the modern equivalent – “Put your neighbor in the risk pool you would like to be put in.”
I haven’t written anything like this in a while. Not because state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies magically ceased, but because my spirit grew so weary with every hashtagged corpse memorialized on social media and criminalized in the news that I had to take a mental health break. Until now. 5 years ago … Continue reading I Am #JordanEdwards