Throughout my life, I have been impacted by the work of Martin Luther King and others as they worked to bring equality to people of my race. It is interesting, however, the way in which people interpret the events that have brought us to this point. Most importantly, as the nation marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there is much about this historic piece of legislation that has been forgotten or deliberately misrepresented.
Few contemporary American students may remember that its supposed champion, President Lyndon B. Johnson, left office under the cloud of the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War after declining to seek a second term. Fewer still may recall that it was Southern Democrats, including Senators Al Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd, who filibustered the legislation for 83 days or that Republicans like Ohio Congressman Bill McCulloch played a crucial role in getting the bill passed.
On paper, the Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It applied to voter registration requirements, as well as segregation in schools, workplaces and public facilities. Together with the Voting Rights Act that passed the following year, it was arguably the most important legislation of the twentieth century. more >>
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pleaded for forgiveness for his controversial racist comments that got him banned for life from the NBA. He also noted that he was baited into making the racist remarks by his female friend.
"I'm not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I'm here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I've hurt," Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview on Monday.
A news article in last Friday's New York Times sets out to explore why the United States waited until November 2013 to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization." In light of the group's latest atrocity – the kidnapping and enslaving of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Borno state last month – this is a very good question.
The article makes the point that the terrorist designation was made after Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state, and confirms reporting that it came after a two-year debate in which "the Justice Department, the F.B.I., American intelligence officials and counterterrorism officials in the State Department" all called for the designation but State ultimately opposed it.
Clinton's then–assistant secretary for African affairs, Johnny Carson, tells the Times that State opposed the designation for "for six or seven different reasons," which boil down to an equal measure of fear of the affect on Boko Haram, possibly making it seem more important and popular, and wariness of legitimizing a Nigerian government crackdown. State counterterrorism official Daniel Benjamin essentially gives a "what difference does it make?" shrug, stating: "Designation was one of many tools and not the most urgently needed one in dealing with the Nigerians. " more >>
Much is being made of HGTV's decision to cancel a previously announced new series, "Flip it Forward," because its stars, twin brothers David and Jason Benham, had expressed their faith-based, pro-life values and belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman.
Many in the media have called their beliefs anti-gay and similar to race-based bigotry.
Look… HGTV is a private entity that can make whatever decision it chooses regarding its network and business operations, however, it has become extremely disturbing to me that media personalities and social groups have equated the Benham brother's support for traditional marriage to racism. more >>
What's all the crowing about regarding North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis' victory in the North Carolina Republican Senate primary this week? I'm talking about the crowing that this is some kind of defeat for the Tea Party.
Sure, Greg Brannon was the Tea Party candidate and endorsed by Rand Paul. And, yes, the Republican establishment big names – including, of course, Mr. Establishment, Karl Rove - came out and backed Tillis with endorsements and lots of money.
But let's not get carried away, folks. Tillis is an experienced politician with solid limited government, pro-family, pro-life credentials. And Rand Paul immediately threw his support behind him after the election. more >>
This past weekend I was blessed to spend 3 days with 3,000 students, leaders and pastors in Duluth, MN for District Blitz 2014, where God did some amazing work.
Upon my arrival back home in Atlanta I began to hear grumblings about Donald Sterling's heinous comments and after receiving a few texts from people asking me to weigh in on Sterling, I figured I'd read through the media coverage over that past few days to get a better grasp on what's been unraveling. After taking time this morning doing just that I've arrived at one conclusion, Sterling's comments and the media's response don't surprise me but the church's selective response to our own racial issues does.
Christian's Should Deal with Christians Before Dissin' the Clippers more >>