Can America survive if it doesn’t reckon with the legacy of White Supremacy?

I needed a break from Kendi’s “How to Be An Antiracist” (I seldom am able to read books the whole way through at once), so I picked up my first book by James H. Cone, “Black Theology & Black Power”. I haven’t even made it past the introduction, but I’ve already hit a quote thatContinue reading “Can America survive if it doesn’t reckon with the legacy of White Supremacy?”

The White Evangelical church is the sunken place

I recently heard the White Evangelical church described as the “sunken place”, and I can’t get it out of my head. Here are my thoughts. Spoilers ahead for the movie Get Out! In Get Out, a seemingly friendly progressive white family brings Black people out to their house where the wife hypnotizes them. Each hypnotizedContinue reading “The White Evangelical church is the sunken place”

Common Questions: Isn’t Race Just a Social Construct?

The short answer to this question is: Yes. Yes, it is. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have power and impact, and therefore it doesn’t mean we can just ignore it. The long answer will have to come from a sociologist or whoever it is that studies these sorts of things. But I can tryContinue reading “Common Questions: Isn’t Race Just a Social Construct?”

Definition: White Evangelicalism

Context: I’m trying to get reasonably clear definitions of all the terms I either use or have heard lately, so I’m going to start collecting definitions here. These definition posts will be edited as I learn or think more. My working definition: As with White Supremacy, I don’t have a perfect working definition, but aContinue reading “Definition: White Evangelicalism”

Definition: White Supremacy

Context: I’m trying to get reasonably clear definitions of all the terms I either use or have heard lately, so I’m going to start collecting definitions here. These definition posts will be edited as I learn or think more. My working definition: I don’t have one yet. 🙂 If you made me write out aContinue reading “Definition: White Supremacy”

A modern resource! Finally!

I wrote a post last week that’s still sitting in my drafts. I’ve re-written almost every part of it at least a few times, and I’m still unsure about publishing it. I may write more later about all of my fears and concerns around writing these blog posts, about why I started the anonymously, andContinue reading “A modern resource! Finally!”

How I Know Donald Trump is Racist, and Why It Doesn’t Matter

I’ve realized recently that many of my online conversations with conservative friends about race and justice and politics have been derailed when they suggest that Donald Trump’s racism (or, in their eyes, his not being a racist) is a key factor in the conversations around politics and race. When these folks talk about an individualContinue reading “How I Know Donald Trump is Racist, and Why It Doesn’t Matter”

Racial discrimination is not inherently racist

I grew up in a liberal city in the 90s. Color-blindness was the goal for every young white kid. I wrote a letter to the editor in my high school newspaper speaking out against affirmative action. “You’ve told us our entire lives we’re supposed to treat each other like we’re all the same,” I wroteContinue reading “Racial discrimination is not inherently racist”

Criticism of the book “White Fragility”

I’ve seen the book “White Fragility” recommended and at the top of so many people’s justice-related reading lists. I’ve already recommended it to one person when our attempts to talk through the general concept of white people being fragile broke down. But! I haven’t read it. And I’ve started to see bubblings of criticism ariseContinue reading “Criticism of the book “White Fragility””