MIAMI BEACH — How could members of a black church forgive the man who murdered nine of their brethren? Historian Albert J. Raboteau explained the rich tradition of forgiveness within the African-American church experience at last month's Faith Angle Forum.
On June 17, Dylann Roof shot and killed the pastor and eight other members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. After the tragedy, the nation watched with wonder as family members of those slain spoke to Roof at a bond hearing, calling him to repentance and forgiving him.
"I forgive you," the emotional daughter of Ethel Lance, 70, one of the victims, told Roof. "You took something really precious from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her ever again, but I forgive you!" more >>
WASHINGTON — A group of black pastors asserted Wednesday that in order to change the impoverished, crime-stricken cultures in America's inner cities, more emphasis needs to be placed on responsibility, education and entrepreneurship instead of blaming the police for problems facing troubled African-Americans.
Bishop E.W. Jackson from The Called Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, and other black ministers from the organization STAND (Staying True to America's National Destiny) gathered at the National Press Club to announce the launch of Project Awakening, a private-sector, church-centered, comprehensive plan for the recovery of America's inner cities that focuses on teaching children they have options and responsibilities in life.
While the pastors detailed how the project aims to build relationships between churches, police, the black community and businesses to create cultural renewal, entrepreneurial awakening, and technical education for inner city children, the ministers did not refrain from chastising the Black Lives Matter movement for propagating a "demonic" message that does not offer a solution but simply puts police officers in harm's way. more >>
One of New York City's most iconic museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is being sued by a Manhattan man for portraying Jesus as white in "racist" paintings.
According to a report in the New York Post, the man, Justin Renel Joseph, 33, argues in a lawsuit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court that the museum is committing sacrilege by portraying Jesus as an "Aryan" male, and is demanding the whitewashed depictions be removed.
Joseph claims he suffered "personal stress" after viewing masterpieces such as "The Holy Family with Angels" by Sebastiano Ricci; "The Resurrection" by Perugino; "The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes" by Tintoretto; and "The Crucifixion" by Francesco Granacci. more >>
Donald Trump's highly publicized meeting with a group of black pastors was met immediately with reactions ranging from skepticism to condemnation.
Critics were immediately justified when numerous individuals on Trump's "endorsement" list spoke out to clarify that they had only agreed to meet with the real estate mogul turned presidential candidate, rather than agreeing to endorse him. Those who did lend their names to the Trump candidacy were predictably branded sellouts.
But what was missed in all the name calling and outrage was the overall necessity of Trump's move, even if it was poorly executed. Trump recognizes what Romney did not, which is that — despite the booming Latino population and a myriad of seemingly more pressing issues — no Republican can win without at least 10 percent of the black vote. And the only way to win any of those votes is to ask. more >>
Brash-talking billionaire and Republican 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump didn't mince his words at a rally in Manassas, Virginia Wednesday night when he said President Barack Obama has "done nothing" for black Americans.
"Think of it," he declared the real estate mogul at the rally. "Obama, your African-American youth — 51 percent unemployment, right? You guys our age, they have unemployment that's double or triple what other people have. What the hell has he done for the African-Americans? He's done nothing. He's done nothing. I don't think he cares about them. He's done nothing. It's all talk, it's all words with this guy."
Trump who predicted he'll become president with 25 percent of the black vote also said Obama has disappointed him because of his divisive politics and promise to unite the nation. more >>
A U.S. cop who shot dead 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland on Nov. 22, 2014 said he thought the boy was holding a real gun.
On Tuesday, prosecutors released Officer Timothy Loehmann's signed statement in which he said he told the boy to show his hands and the latter instead pulled out a gun. The U.S. cop and his partner Frank Garmback are facing possible charges for the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice in November 2014, according to Reuters.
Loehmann and Garmback were responding to a 911 call about a man wielding a gun in a park beside a recreation center. Mere seconds after coming out of the patrol car, Loehmann fired twice at Rice, who died of his injuries the next day. more >>