“Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.” Ibram X. Kendi Since I began intentionally to learn about racism five years ago, I’ve read probably 100 books about it, attended dozens of workshops, viewed countless videos, scoured innumerable articles, engaged in hundreds of conversations with Black leaders and… Continue reading Layer Upon Layer: Uncovering Bias
At times I ask myself: Why would I be attempting to convey the experience of many Black people when there are so many visceral testimonies already in existence? I imagine others have had the same question about these posts! So I offer you two examples, and encourage you to take the time to watch, reflect,… Continue reading In Their Own Words: What It’s Like….
This post was born with advice from City Councilman Willie Lightfoot who noted that barbershops and salons are hubs of conversation and connection in the Black community. In a meeting about the proposed Police Accountability Board he was encouraging those who wish to promote this concept to visit the neighborhood barbershops and salons, because they… Continue reading Barbershops, Salons, and Relationships
My prior post focused on the perspective of race and the Roman Catholic Church. In this post I’ll explore race from a perspective that would apply to any Christian, while also offering this as grist for reflection for any reader, regardless of your belief system. I began my research for this post with the illusion… Continue reading Christians and Race Part II: A Litmus Test
I came across this tombstone inscription for a slave girl. I wrote it down verbatim, though I neglected to note the source: “Here lies Sarah [no last name] a Negro slave woman from age 13 to 22, who died in childbirth. She was a faithful slave to the housemistress who did what she was asked… Continue reading Christians and Race Part I: The Catholic Church