When “All” Means None

Dear Fellow White Folk—especially (but not only) White Christians: As a Midwestern Lutheran, I have been to many potlucks. Casseroles and Jell-O salads abound. At their best, potlucks embody a community meal in which everyone contributes, feels at home, has fun, and has their fill. But sometimes people at the front of the line overestimate … Continue reading

At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Verdict in the Michael Brelo Case

I cannot turn away or close my eyes to what I beheld on Saturday as I watched the verdict in the Michael Brelo case being rendered by Judge P. O’Donnell in Cleveland. The nearly hour-long justification for exonerating Officer Brelo on all counts was bone chilling to behold. In every respect, it amounted to a … Continue reading

Protests Don’ts and Do’s

“How does standing on a bridge yelling about police violence in Des Moines help Black folks in Baltimore?” “Okay, this is all well and good, but what are the next steps? When are we going to take action?” “It’s hypocritical for folks who’ve never said or done anything about police brutality before to suddenly show … Continue reading

Dear North Miami Beach Police: #UseMeInstead

Last week, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and came upon a photo of a clergy colleague in her clerical collar. She had posted the photo to an event called “North Miami Beach Police, use our pictures for your target practice.” I had heard about how the North Miami Beach Police Department has been … Continue reading

I Took My Kids to the Protest

“Children don’t belong at protests.” I’ve heard many perspectives on this issue in the years I’ve hovered around activist spaces. They all bounced around in my mind as I debated whether to take my own kids (ages 6 and 4) to one of the Des Moines protests after Darren Wilson was declared a free man … Continue reading

What Would Rosa Parks Say (WWRPS)?

The temptation to comment on the violence in Ferguson is almost irresistible. It doesn’t matter if we’re condemning it, worrying about it, lamenting it. We feel the need to say something about it while commenting on Ferguson’s resistance. Most of us should resist this temptation mightily. When Detroit burned in 1967, “the mother of the movement,” … Continue reading

Life Imitating Art

I find it highly ironic that the number one movie in the country right now is about an oppressed people that rise up in revolt against their government, attempting to destroy their capital, and rioting against the establishment that has forced them to live in poverty, to struggle for their lives against a police state … Continue reading

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