A community college in Oregon has declared that April will be "Whiteness History Month," a project that is designed to explore how the "construct of whiteness" has created racial inequality in the United States.
Portland Community College, which is attended by nearly 90,000 students each year, announced on its website that the initiative that was launched by a subcommittee of the college's Cascade Campus Diversity Council.
According to a website created by the college to explain the project, Whiteness History Month will be unlike most heritage months since it will not be a "celebratory endeavor." The website states that "whiteness originates racism" and explains that the purpose behind the project is to foster solutions for community and social issues that stem from racism. more >>
Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Steven Furtick called prejudice a poisonous snake and challenged his congregation to keep the scourge in check by not passing it down to children.
"I wanna give you a little challenge today from my personal experience called 'It's in your hands,'" Furtick said in a video clip posted on his Facebook page on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
"God told me to just bring you a simple message today and ask you 'what are you passing on?' I believe that the essence of the Gospel is acceptance," he said before reading Scripture from Matthew 7:9-12. more >>
A police officer in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been put on administrative leave after encouraging social media users to "run over" Black Lives Matter protesters participating in a march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Police in the Midwestern city have said they are conducting an investigation regarding the police officer who allegedly posted the controversial message on the Pioneer Press' Facebook page over the weekend. While the officer's name hasn't officially been released to the public, a police spokesperson told CNN this week that the officer in question has been with the department for over 20 years.
Social media users alerted local officials when they noticed a disturbing Facebook post written over the weekend by "JM Roth," a member of the St. Paul Police Department, that tells civilians they can run over Black Lives Matters protesters who block the street. more >>
In a hypothetical letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., shared on the 30th anniversary of the day celebrating the life of the slain civil rights activist, Pastor John Piper says King's warning about the fate of the Church was right, and shares his answer for achieving racial harmony.
"You were right," begins the letter posted on Piper's website DesiringGod.org on Monday. "You prophesied, 'If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the 20th century.'"
In the letter, which was published in the 2014 book, Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Piper says that the modern Church has lost more than its "sacrificial spirit." He cites King devotee Carl Ellis who says that churches, black and white, "have lost the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated Gospel," and instead opted for "good agendas." more >>
The Scholastic Publishing company has announced it will be pulling its distribution of a newly-released children's book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, due to its portrayal of slavery.
The book, authored by Ramin Ganeshram and released earlier this month, focuses on U.S. President George Washington's enslaved cook, Hercules, and his daughter, Delia, as the two bake a cake for the president's birthday.
While Scholastic Publishing initially defended the book, it released a statement on Sunday, saying the piece of work does not display an "appropriate presentation of information to younger children." more >>
One of my earliest memories is of a substitute Sunday school teacher chastening me for putting a coin in my mouth. "That's filthy," she said. "Why, you don't know if a colored man might have held that." It might just be my imagination playing tricks on me, but it seems as though she immediately followed this up with, "Alright children, let's sing 'Jesus Loves the Little Children, All the Children of the World.'"
Now, this lady probably didn't consciously think of herself as a white supremacist. She almost certainly didn't think of herself as subversive of the Gospel itself. She never thought about the hypocrisy of holding the two contradictory worldviews together in her mind. She probably didn't see how her dehumanizing of African-Americans was a twisted form of Darwinism rather than biblical Christianity.
She wasn't alone. more >>