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Results for Racism

How A Drunk Man Got Home One Christmas Eve
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

I’d never seen a black person in my neighborhood. Many people in my neighborhood wouldn’t have welcomed a black person to their door. This was the 1960s. I was 6 years old, gro ...

Clergy and Millennials Pursuing Justice in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Harold Dean Trulear ...

Churches and Conversations on Race
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Press

December 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Bob Abernethy ...

Who Wants to Talk About That?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Press

December 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Driver ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

The Untold Story of Hope Unfolding in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Press

December 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. That is a fundame ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing about war: There are only enemies and allies. There is no in-between. At the point of the writing of this article, it has been 124 days since unarmed 18-year-old ...

A Celebration of Life
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I am led to think of the joy the families of these dead men and boys must have felt at their birth – a moment of endless possibilities – and I also think of the finality – the end of chances represented by th ...

An Education in Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper We are not racists, but we accept a system that acts in racist ways.  2014 WAS NOTHING if ...

It’s high time white Christians listen to our Black brothers and sisters
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Press

December 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Jonathan Merritt ...

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Adelle M. Banks ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Press

December 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'Don’t Shoot!' – A Lament in Song
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Fleeceboi’s cries haunted me as young people among us broke into tears and the clergy surrounded them with hands raised in prayer and sobs of deep lament. St. Louis County Prosec ...

Are We Ready to Listen?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

What is it like to have people look at you every day and decide that because of one physical feature, you must be a bad person? A dangerous person? A worthless person? A person to be watched closely? ...

Listen and Learn
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

I wasn’t always aware of the vastly different realities for people of color living in this country. My conversion was slow. Not the Damascus Road type of experience where I was blind for three days and then in ...

D.C. Protesters Confront Police, Christmas Season in March for Racial Justice
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

"How dare we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Christ, the birth of our leader, the birth of our savior, if we cannot help and stand together and save our fellow brother? If we cannot do what he to ...

America, We've Got a Problem
Originally Posted: 12/04/2014 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of ...

N.Y.P.D. Officer Cleared in the Choking of Eric Garner
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Just over one week after a grand jury elected not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has cleared an NYPD police officer of any criminal charge in the death of ...

Day two of nationwide protests
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Press

November 26, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Schultz ...

Why Ferguson Must Lead to Change
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Thanksgiving and Ferguson: Lost in Translation
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If there is anything I learned from my Monday night glued to television screens watching my former home of St. Louis in flames it’s that this “conversation” everyone keeps saying we need to have is happening i ...

The 10 Ferguson Stories You Need to See
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: On Monday night, it was announced that a grand jury in St. Louis County found no probable cause to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on any of five possible counts. Throughout t ...

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

God’s people are called to be in the business of liberation, and with that work of liberation, our names are changed. We become “repairers of broken places,” and “restorers of streets to live in.” We must take ...

Faith leaders urge peace, change in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:49am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Mark Kellner ...

A Sad Night for America
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Press

November 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Thanksgiving and a Theology of Despair
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Well, call me the Scrooge of Thanksgiving, but I’m just not feeling thankful. The more someone tells me to “Be thankful!” the more I feel a sense of despair. Are you feeling pres ...

Why the 'Post-Racial' Label Only Perpetuates Racism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Racism is not just about individual acts. It is about a system that allows unarmed black boys to be shot at a rate 20 times that of white boys; it allows a prosecutor to deliver a speech as a defense attorney ...

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:28am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Stetzer ...

The Grand Jury, Ferguson and Michael Brown
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

No Indictment in Ferguson Shooting
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

A grand jury has found that no probable cause exists to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attor ...

Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2014 Sojo in the News Nick O'Malley ...

Ferguson: Between Jesus and Barabbas
Originally Posted: 11/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

All eyes are on the jury, yet many of us who are watching realize that the real power does not reside in Gov. Jay Nixon or the grand jury, but in us. Just as it is the crowd who sways Pilate to crucify Jesus, ...

The Grand Jury and the Rorschach Test
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

By presenting all the evidence to laypeople, reportedly without legal interpretation, McCulloch is basically raising a proverbial Rorschach to the grand jury and saying, “see what you see.” That is not a passi ...

Ending Implicit Bias
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, implicit bias, or latent racism, often becomes explicit, or manifest racism. Thus, African Americans are racialized as ‘black’ in a system of representation that represents a white supremacist r ...

How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

November 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

My Sin, Your Sin: The Way to Freedom
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Racism is a very complex issue. The harmful and sinful effects of racism affect millions of people’s lives. The spiritual and religious harms of implicit racism are only part of even more critical, social, emo ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Press

November 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Getting to Uncomfortable
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Chris Krehmeyer ...

The Disunion of the Church
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Right now when I see the lived reality of the church in our world, it seems we are more in a state of dis-union than communion. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard on the sub ...

'Forgive Us'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:28pm | Type: Press

October 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

What does it mean to act like white people?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Press

October 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Jarvis DeBerry ...

Rev. Jim Wallis to White Christians: ‘You Can’t Say You’re Not a Racist if You Accept and Support Systems That Clearly Are’
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

October 19, 2014 Sojo in the News Taylor Gordon ...

The role faith leaders play in national crises like Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:12pm | Type: Press

October 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Rev. Jim Wallis: White Christians Must Repent for Tolerating Racialized Policing
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Press

October 17, 2014 Sojo in the News April Taylor ...

Forgive Us
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

I’ve been struck by the way that Forgive Us is a clarion call to not be conformed to the patters of this world. Chapter by chapter the authors demonstrate the dastardly consequences of complicity. ...

Arrested in Ferguson in an Act of Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

October 15, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Leaders Hope Faith can help Heal in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

October 10, 2014 Sojo in the News Ed Schultz ...