NEW YORK — A Dominican-American pastor leading a youthful church in a mostly-Hispanic New York City neighborhood said he is grateful to be a part of "the thing" he believes God has been doing through what he described as a surge of "sound and healthy" church plants in the Big City.
His particular part of the harvest, he believes, is in the same neighborhood where he has spent most of his life, and where he has been leading a church plant called Christ Crucified Fellowship for the past three years.
Pastor Rich Perez, 30, told The Christian Post that he felt called at the age of 19 to ministry and was particularly burdened to cultivate his community roots. Christ Crucified Fellowship in Washington Heights is situated in the northernmost part of NYC's borough of Manhattan. more >>
One of the co-stars of the controversial Adult Swim Network's "Black Jesus" says the show portrays Jesus as a compassionate preacher, the same way He was on earth.
Andra Fuller, who stars as "Fish," follows an African American Christ character from Compton, California, that curses frequently in conversation and smokes pot. Prior to the show's premier in August, Christians and others alike wanted it canceled for its blasphemous content. Fuller now admits those protests and negativity have outweighed "how much heart the show has."
"… The same things that we're taught Jesus did, are the same thing Black Jesus is doing. No matter his circumstances, he still shows compassion and loves all man," Fuller said in an interview with Paste Magazine. "The only difference is, it's in a different environment, and he's been influenced by his environment. But at the core, it's Jesus Christ blessing people, performing miracles, and helping people out and preaching compassion." more >>
What should the role of government be in the arena of race and race relations in the U.S. today? This question has moved into the national conversation again after the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Representing the U.S. government, Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson recently to look into what the federal government could or should be doing to ameliorate the types of situations that occurred in that city when a young black man was shot and killed by a white police officer. A recent Politico story, for example, focused on the possibility that the situation in Ferguson could result in changes in police procedures and other aspects of race relations that might help prevent such a situation in the future.
Historically the federal government has been at the forefront of bringing about change in race relations in this country, extending back not just to the President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, but more recently to President Harry Truman's integrating the armed forces, presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy sending in federal troops to control situations with high racial tension, and the historic Civil Rights Act passed under President Lyndon B. Johnson. But with many overt or legal race barriers now removed by law, and with a wide ranging federal apparatus for adjudicating cases of race discrimination, the issue remains as to what additional actions or steps the federal government or other levels of government could or should take relating to race. Some proposals that have developed out of the Ferguson situation so far have focused on the Defense Department's program of providing excess military equipment to local police departments and the possibility of a federal effort to require police officers to wear vest cameras while on patrol.
A review of our data from last summer's major Minority Rights and Relations poll helps shed light on Americans' views on the general question of how much government should be doing in the realm of race relations. The poll included updates on many Gallup trends relating to race and involved samples of 1,010 blacks and 2,149 non-Hispanic whites. more >>
Rafael Cruz, father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, said in a town hall meeting that African Americans need to be educated about the history of Democrats, return to the Republican Party, and learn why minimum wage is bad.
Cruz was at a Aug. 21 Western Williamson Republican Club meeting in Williamson County, Texas, and spoke of a meeting he had with an African-American pastor in Bakersfield, California. The pastor told him that his values are conservative but the Democratic Party "embraces us."
"I said, as a matter of fact, 'Did you know that Civil Rights legislation was passed by Republicans? It was passed by a Republican Senate under the threat of a filibuster by the Democrats,'" Cruz said. "'Oh, I didn't know that.' And then I said, 'Did you know that every member of the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats from the South?' 'Oh I didn't know that.' You know, they need to be educated." more >>
A U.N. committee that monitors racial inequality and discrimination says the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman in Missouri last month illustrates a bigger problem of racism in the United States.
"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life, from de facto school segregation access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, vice chairman of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, told reporters while issuing the panel's conclusions Friday.
The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and "particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," Amir, an expert from Algeria, said, according to Reuters. more >>
"Just wait a few more generations. Soon all the old people will be gone."
"My children's generation is so much more diverse. They'll be better at this."
"The bigotry will end as the generations move further from history." more >>