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The Gift of Diversity

Diversity scares people. Diversity also encourages people to celebrate prematurely. People enter diverse settings and walk on egg shells. No one wants to ask the hard questions or have the difficult discussions. Isn’t it enough to be thankful that we can sit in a room together, some might ask. Like a Benetton commercial, we imagine that simply by holding hands and smiling with each other we have achieve the Dream of reconciliation. And these symbolic […]

Diversity for real?

Walter Scott, Clarence Habersham and the Problem of Black Avoidance

The realities surrounding Walter Scott’s murder are horrific. Not simply because a Black man was shot in the back by a police officer, but because of the evidence of a cover up to protect the officer. You know it as the “Thin Blue Line”: the bond where police officers protect each other no matter the costs. We all know about that blue line. Black and Brown people certainly mistrust that blue line, knowing that the […]

Clarence Habersham #BlackLivesMatter

Why I Cheered for Jameis Winston

It’s cool if you’re not part of the experience…my intellectual/theological musings. For those who might have to endure my thinking in person, it’s not so easy…I know; I’m sorry. I love you all! For some reason, things are always deeper than they need to be for me. But, maybe they are as deep as they really are? Hmmm…Yet, sitting here watching this BCS National Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and Florida State Seminoles I […]

Famous Jameis Winston

What if Jim Crow didn’t Die in the 60’s?

What if Jim Crow didn’t die in the 60’s? [amazon_link id=”1595586431″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]That’s the question you come to grips with when reading Michelle Alexander’s first book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Written for the children and grandchildren of those who lived, fought, died and survived the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950’s, the 1960‘s, and the early 1970’s, this book challenges those of us who feel […]

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