She gently touched my shoulder, then took my hand to lift me from the brown folding chair under the funeral-home tent. My eyes had been fixed on the steel silver bars as I watched strangers lower my mother’s body into the ground. My Aunt Janet said to me, “Come on inside the church, Tasha. There … Continue reading Black Women Taught Me to Be Strong But I Had to Learn Firm Boundaries
Many people watched the heartbreaking video of a mother reunited with her toddler after being separated with him. We watched in pain as the mother cried and exclaimed “what’s wrong with him” as he turned away from her as if he didn’t recognize her. Reminder: The consequences of family separation will far out-last this administration. … Continue reading The Long-term Impact on a Child’s Brain from Separation & Attachment Injuries
As I watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford recount her story of surviving abuse, I remembered all the times I was afraid – in parking lots and at parties. I remember hands grasping and not knowing if it was wrong, if this is simply the ways things are. I remembered not knowing if the names shouted at … Continue reading This Week I Remembered All the Times I Said Me Too
The tide of accusations linked to the #MeToo movement seems as all-encompassing as an Exodus plague, and the destruction wreaked on the lives of victims is no less appalling. My church is studying in Exodus for a few weeks right now, and I can’t escape the political parallels between the story of Pharoah’s hardened heart … Continue reading I Preached on Brett Kavanaugh & MeToo and My Church Had Feelings
Racialization meant that people sometimes saw me as white, black or other, depending on their own lived experiences, beliefs, and worldviews.Anita Coleman I remember a time, 1990, in San Diego, when a young French man, Patrice, asked me, “Why are they letting all these Asians into the country?” He was angry because the San Diego … Continue reading I Quit Racializing Myself But My Church Did Not
In the wake of John MacArthur’s racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic statement about social justice, a progressive Christian group pushes back.