The initial trauma has passed. However, the horrible racial violence in Charleston must not fade and become just another historical footnote. I feel compelled to remind Christians of the following undeniable fact: every American citizen should loathe the racial hate that lurks in the shadows of a civilized society.
Dylann Roof's terroristic attack, assassinating nine blacks at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, reveals concrete evidence that the evils of racial hate that was present in slavery and in the Jim Crow Era survives in contemporary times. In fact, Roof's attack brings to many African American's minds that dreadful historic 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama where 4 young children were killed.
Christians were at the forefront of the Abolitionist Movement 150 years ago, and we again need to be the catalysts for constructive discourse that is framed with the following sentiment: "Now that we see that racism remains destructive in our country, how do we work harder to cure this heinous disease?" more >>
The Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain momentum and garner attention — both positive and negative — from the media. Most recently the group received criticism for a chant used during a march in Minnesota, which was interpreted as a reference to police officers: "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon!" The offensiveness of this chant was heightened by the execution-style murder only one day before of Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston, Texas, with some suggesting that the rhetoric employed by the group may be inciting this kind of violence against law enforcement.
Many critics of the group say that this kind of conduct does nothing to facilitate authentic dialog but only fan the flames of tension and deepen the animosity between the black community and law enforcement. They accuse the leaders of the movement of ignoring black on black crime and other issues within the black community that contribute greatly to the plight of blacks in America.
Defenders of the movement reject these accusations with the counterclaim that the white community needs to take ownership of a legacy of institutionalized racism and entrenched bigotry that has colored the black experience in America since the days of slavery. more >>
Christian rapper Thi'sl, a St. Louis-based artist who says he's always used his platform to address racial and social issues, released a new project last month titled Heavy Is the Head — inspired by events in Ferguson and New York surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Thi'sl covers various topics on the 14-song mixtape that launched Aug. 5, including fatherlessness in the inner city and police brutality. On a song titled "Lord Help Me," the rapper expresses his frustration with people from outside the Ferguson community always blaming tragedies, such as the death of Michael Brown, on the lack of fathers.
"I kept hearing people saying the problem with Ferguson is that there are no fathers in the home," said Thi'sl to The Christian Post. "People talk to us about that stuff as if we don't know. We are the people that know that more than anybody. You see so many people willing to point out the problem, but people aren't willing to point out the solution." more >>
"Woodlawn," a faith-based sports film set to release in October that stars Sean Astin and Jon Voight, tells the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team in Birmingham, Alabama, giving their lives to Christ during desegregation in the 1970s.
Among the parties involved is NFL great Tony Nathan who is played by Caleb Castille.
A new trailer for the upcoming film oozes the Gospel and depicts the burning of crosses and mixing of black and white players at a time when racial tensions in the south were extremely high. more >>
The migrant crisis in Europe has reached "biblical proportions," according to U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, noting that millions of refugees from Syria and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa hoping to be relocated to the West are overwhelming the borders and stretching capacities.
"The problem we've got is we've opened the door to an exodus of biblical proportions, meaning millions and millions of refugees. We've lost sight of what it is to be a refugee. How many millions does Europe want to take? That is the question," Farage said, speaking with BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday.
While many refugees from Syria are fleeing the four-year-long civil war, as well as attacks by the Islamic State terror group, Farage said the U.K. has "lost sight" of the definition of a refugee. more >>
Following the nationwide Planned Parenthood protests two Saturdays ago, I looked over as many photos of the events as I could find. Most images were from protesters themselves, published on social media. Some were from friends of mine; most were not.
Each of the protests pictured — from east coast to west coast, north to south, and cities in between — had this in common: they were attended overwhelmingly by White people. A rough estimate would be 95 percent. It might be low.
The Whiteness was glaring. A friend noted the same disparity at the Nashville protest even though the clinic sits in a predominantly Black residential area. (Even the photos in Mollie Hemingway's piece at The Federalist, clearly attempting to show diversity in the protesters, are predominantly White folks.) more >>