By: J. Michael "Mickey" Robertson
Other people will be different, like it or not. Our task is not to engage them in a fight, but to recognize the humanity within them. Only then can we win them over spiritually. That's our task - and it won't be easy.
By: Leanna K. Fuller
Churches can disagree on many things, but most of us agree that racism is fundamentally wrong. Saying nothing is both a mark of privilege and a sign of complicity. This is a time for moral courage.
By: Paul Putz
In the height of the civil rights era, how did self-professed Christian football players and coaches 45 years ago respond to questions about racism? Here are their answers.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Before the deadly day in Charlottesville in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally, local clergy from various faiths had been gathering to prepare a safe space in the event of a tragedy.
By: Ferrell Foster
The white supremacists protesting in Charlottesville may look like me, but they are not my people; they have refused to love their neighbor as Christ instructed us. It's time more of us proclaim this difference.
By: Molly T. Marshall
The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville protesting the diversity that comprises the U.S. reminds us unity is hard work. While it is God's desire for humanity, it requires repentance and perseverance.
By: Michael Cheuk
When the Klan announced plans to come to this town, the local faith community organized a response. Like an overgrown garden, the day was chaos, yet God planted seeds of connection, clarity and love.
By: Starlette McNeill
North American churches are often more racialized than the communities around them. Ministers must encourage real conversations about race's negative impact on the authentic formation of Christian community.
By: Ron Rolheiser
While charity is good and virtuous, it doesn't necessarily change the social, economic and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We must also have good and fair policies.
By: Colin Harris
When issues divide communities of faith today, we must decide whether the appeal of culture's gods and the power of long-held beliefs will be obstacles to the call to community.
By: Ferrell Foster
The alt-right paints a picture of the U.S. as a white nation under attack from non-whites. It ignores that from our earliest days, the U.S. has been a place where all types of diverse people have come together.
By: Colin Harris
It's difficult, if not impossible, for people steeped in certain beliefs and attitudes, such as racism, to escape the chains of those beliefs to see the world a different way. But the gospel can transform are ingrained thinking.
By: Starlette McNeill
A noose in an African-American museum reminds us that this form of unfounded vengeance upon African-Americans is still desired by some, that the crowd is only a few steps away. It's only waiting for people to go silent.
By: Jerrod Hugenot
Easter is not just this one Sunday. It marks the beginning of disciples who do not fear but move forward in the confidence of a faith that summons them away from familiarity and indifference.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When examining our national histories, we must be objective, nuanced and morally responsible. Only those who see the world in black and white refuse to acknowledge anything good in their enemies.
By: Emmanuel McCall
At a time when it was unpopular for black and whites to travel together, Robert and I became "soul partners" as we crisscrossed the nation in numerous racial reconciliation initiatives.
By: Colin Harris
For Martin Luther King Jr., the heroes of the civil rights movement were the unnamed thousands who endured taunts and threats as they called us to live out our creed. This holiday is a tribute to them too.
By: Alan Cross
As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember that King did not just call us to come together. Rather, he challenged the reasons why we were apart in the first place.
By: Jim Hill
I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.
This free resource sheet provides resources to congregations and goodwill people of faith for observing the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and for reflecting on his life and legacy.
By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.
By: Brian Lee
With all the eruptions of violence, it's easy to overreact and paint certain groups with a brush that is far too wide and certainly unwarranted. How do we respond in light of all that is happening? Here are 3 ways.
By: Terrell Carter
Many barriers divide our country today, but the most visible and contentious one is race - in particular how black and white people perceive and act toward each other. Who is worthy of your compassion?
By: Dennis Bickers
The racial problems in America are not going away in the near future. It's time for churches and individuals to intentionally work toward understanding one another and developing relationships.
By: Michael Helms
Your family roots have a deep influence on you. On your life's journey, you must recognize the parts of your family system that still exist around you and within you - and ask yourself what needs to change.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri, will hold a series of 'provocative conversations' - human trafficking, racism, foster care and the future of education - and how they affect their community.
By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.
By: Robert Parham
My grandfather put a small crack in the TV race barrier when he had an African-American guest on his local hunting-and-fishing show in the 1950s - a move that drew criticism from fellow church members.
By: Joe LaGuardia
We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and W. Mark Koenig
While baseball in the U.S. has challenged prejudices and stereotypes and seen some elements of racism dismantled, racial prejudice and racism have also intertwined with our national pastime.
By: Robert Parham
Heading into the 25th year since the formation of the Baptist Center for Ethics is a good time to list some accomplishments and to acknowledge some shortcomings. Here are five of each.
By: Chuck Summers
Racism continues to be an ugly scar upon the America's soul. While media have focused on acts of violence afflicted upon minorities, environmental racism doesn't receive a lot of public attention.
By: Brian Kaylor
South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped the transition from racial apartheid.
By: Griff Martin
More than a half-century after Harper Lee published her only novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," she returns to continue the story of Scout, no longer a child, and Atticus Finch in "Go Set a Watchman."
By: Thomas Kidd
Even if it's only late-arriving symbolism, the Confederate flag's removal from South Carolina's statehouse is the right thing to do. However, its removal does nothing to address massive ethnic inequalities.
By: Larry Coleman
The toxic racism that's torn at our nation has its roots in prejudice, a more subtle part of our worldview. To eradicate racism, we must first deal with the prejudices learned in our own homes.
By: Michael Helms
As more and more news about racial tension tears apart our country, more of us need to model the spirit of Larry, an older African-American, who no longer sees "people as black or white anymore."
By: Greg DeLoach
After 10 years serving as First Baptist of Augusta's pastor, I had never met our Baptist neighbors across the street. Following the Charleston massacre, I knew it was long overdue for me to meet them.
By: Colin Harris
Fear can be a healthy response to danger. Others can manipulate fear in unhealthy ways. That fear seems to grip our collective consciousness. It's time to stop reinforcing it.
By: Danny Chisholm
Members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church taught us a lesson in forgiveness. The world needs to know there is an alternative to violence. And it isn't more violence.
By: Guy Sayles
As the Charleston church shooting reminds us, division among races, made worse by educational and economic inequality, is a wound which remains painfully open. How do we heal it?
By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting, those of us in leadership within faith communities must re-examine how we protect those that we serve. Here are four steps.
By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Two EthicsDaily.com documentaries - "Through The Door," a look at the faith community's engagement with prisons, and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," will air on TV networks in March.
By: Terrell Carter
One of the simplest evidences of our commitment to seeing and treating people as equals before God is through the diversity that is found within our congregations and leadership.
By: Terrell Carter
More than six months after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, tensions still simmer. Some ask, "What can churches do?" But many other churches are silent.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries on prisons, racism and immigration are coming back for an encore on an expanding network focused on African Americans.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will air EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," on July 28, with multiple broadcasts after the initial airing.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com is coming again to your television. Soul of the South Network, an African-American network reaching more than 20 million homes, will air three of our documentaries in July.
The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.
By: Colin Harris
The images of brutality against civil rights activists in the 1960s led to a turning point in our history. Perhaps this election season with its expected assault of brutal attack ads will mark another turning point.
Practice resurrection. That’s our gospel today … to go from here to practice resurrection! There’s nothing shy at all about this response. We are to live fully in God’s thunderous YES! We are to live God’s resounding affirmation of the world and all God’s children who need God’s offer of love and reconciliation.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Sponsored by an association of American Baptist churches in Detroit, "Beneath the Skin," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on Baptists and racism, will be screened at Detroit's First Baptist Church on April 12.
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
By: Colin Harris
Some say racism is no more, but it still has an irrational hold on our collective thinking. The more we deny this, the less likely we can be helped. So here's how to deal with the elephant in the room.
Churches have a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church. Churches that refuse to do so are guilty of a major failing, a Baptist leader said.
The Miss America pageant crowned its first Indian-American winner Sunday night. Learn about this and other Miss America firsts in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s words still reverberate around the world today, challenging racism and discrimination wherever it is found. Despite the progress, others continue to resist the Dream.
The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin reaches beyond racism. It illustrates that anyone who is different is an "other" whom our society views with suspicion.
Bearing false witness reached a fever pitch following George Zimmerman's acquittal, but inflammatory rhetoric only makes a reasonable conversation on race next to impossible.
TV commentator and satirist Bill Maher says Paula Deen's use of the N-word is just a word. While that may be true, it's also true that words still matter. Maher should know this.
Paula Deen's admission of using the "N word" revealed her obliviousness to the changing world around her. She never learned her brand had to steer clear of the dark side of Southern history.
Many Christians once used the Bible to justify their racism. Do we justify any prejudices today that will one day make our grandchildren ashamed of our ignorance?
The Jim Crow days of the South are long behind us, but racism still rears its ugly head. Many of us, however, are oblivious to the outright ugliness that characterizes prejudice.
Migrant workers in Lebanon are governed by a system prone to abuse and that gives too much power to employers, but churches offer reconciliation between Lebanese and migrants.
If race remains a part of our lives, no one wins. While some see the task of eliminating race as impossible, others see it as inevitable. The world of race is passing away.
Did Southern Baptist Convention agency head Richard Land write the apology statement for racially charged remarks issued under his name, or was it written by African-American Baptist clergy?
The process toward reconciliation is slow, often painful and usually unfinished. With time, however, today's controversial issues become tomorrow's embarrassing memories.
Think one person can't make a difference? In 1947, a farmer petitioned his school district to provide bus transportation to all students, not just the white ones. His case evolved into Brown v. Board of Education.
The Southern Baptist agency headed by Richard Land, the SBC's top ethicist, will investigate plagiarism charges against him but suggested that radio shows have different standards.
Can you rid yourself of racism without first ridding yourself of race? The more one writer understood her identity as a Christian, the less she relied on race. Here are 15 reasons she left race behind.
Richard Land, a leading SBC official, denounced civil rights leaders calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Is this how Southern Baptists demonstrate God's love to people of color?
The Southern Baptist Convention may elect its first African-American president this year. It would be a powerful symbol, but will the SBC's white power structure allow that symbol to lead to transformation?
Leaders from the Apostle Paul to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognize the church's mission as one of reconciliation. Yet churches still have much to do to tear down our nation's racial barriers.
Conservative evangelical voters lifted Newt Gingrich to his dramatic victory in South Carolina's GOP primary as the thrice-married politician won the first southern primary by invoking subtle racial arguments.
During the 1948 World Series, a photo of two players from the Cleveland Indians – Larry Doby and Steve Gromek – showed the world a way white supremacy and racism could be overcome.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The second of three city men was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for burning a local black church after President Barack Obama was elected.
The road from white supremacy to equality is a long one. Those folks who make the journey begin a legacy for their grandchildren. Here's one man's story.
Two St. Louis Baptist pastors – one black, the other white – reached out to help their racially divided city in 2008 after a gunman killed five people at a council meeting.
A Baptist theological journal examines the issue of racism among Baptists but with a twist, showing examples of racial and cultural progress that can serve as role models for others.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (RNS) The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the driving force behind the Birmingham integration efforts, died at age 89.
Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" profoundly challenged racism's empty mythology. Today, insecure majorities still view anyone different, including Hispanics and Muslims, as a threat.
Former President Gerald Ford was honored this month with a statue in the House of Representatives. While best known for pardoning Nixon, Ford in his college days took a bold stand against racism.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) As a white man surrendered to federal marshals, workers were rebuilding the pulpit of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Breaking a two-day deadlock, a federal jury convicted a white man, Michael F. Jacques, on all three charges.
The Civil War, which began 150 years ago, did not occur in a vacuum. It was part of a crisis born out of the horrors of slavery. The anniversary is a good time for us to recall the lessons – painful and joyful – of the past.
Against a backdrop of simmering racial tensions, two fast approaching anniversaries – the Civil War and the Freedom Rides – offer a time for truth-telling by those of moral good will.
Bigotry toward and hatred of the "other" is inexcusable on a human level, but even more so as followers of Jesus. We are called to love the other and work for justice and peace in this world.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The sole man to stand trial for torching a black church the night of President Obama’s election was confronted in court.
A half-century ago, racism in the United States could no longer be ignored. Are we facing a similar situation today, in which a cultural flaw, defined this time in wealth instead of race, is being exposed and challenged?
When Jesus heard the news that John the Baptist was taken into prison, something must have reverberated deep within him. Something profound must have been set loose in his soul and he had to do something in response. What did he do? He left home and moved out into the world with his own message. He sensed the shock of hearing about John’s imprisonment and it stirred him to leave home and begin his ministry.
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
Martin Luther King Jr. and his associates were a powerful prophetic voice that called American society to a new way of being and cultivated future generations to think differently and more justly.
LONDON (RNS) A right-wing political group now says it has withdrawn the invitation because “he is not the right candidate for us.”
White supremacy is one of this nation's oldest cancers. And it is the core consistent subliminal theme running throughout many of the Tea Party factions.
A new report untangles the wad of Tea Party threads, and the movement laid bare shows less obsession with government and taxes and more obsession with race, ethnicity and Barack Obama.
CLEVELAND (RNS) Members of the World Council of Churches will gather to discuss how to expose and combat racism.
White-biased imagery is common in our churches. Its inherent racism, however, is much more subtle than the blatant sexist language and patriarchal imagery that dominates our worship services and beyond.
U.S. Sen. James Webb argued that present-day diversity programs have made whites the real victims of racism. His position would be laughable except a growing number of Euro-Americans seem to agree.
Published 50 years ago, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee captured both the prejudice of a culture and the fearlessness of one man, Atticus Finch, to stand up for what's right. The book's lesson never ends.
An elected official in an Arizona community took offense at a school mural featuring different ethnic children, questioning why the biggest picture was a black person. But, as the councilman tells it, that doesn't make him racist.
As part of a church series on social issues, a former judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, who's now a pastor, addressed educational issues for African-Americans in the South.
The problem with racist and sexist language is bigger than derogatory terminology. Equally devastating is when language is used to treat those of another race or gender as if they're invisible.
The new racial reality is characterized by a belief that with the victories of the civil rights movement, America's race-related problems are behind us. But has our society simply entered a phase of gentler racism?
Efforts at so-called educational and immigration reforms in Arizona have rightly brought about protests of racism and prejudice. Still, perhaps we should thank Arizona for a valuable lesson.
The government exists for the welfare of all its citizens, not just the majority. The contention of Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, that the free market will work everything out is neither democratic nor logical.
Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, was unable to give a straight-forward, yes-or-no answer to the question of his support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His position cannot go unchallenged.
You are likely to find tea party members sitting in your church pews, based on a recent New York Times poll. How should churches respond? And how should we address the racial overtones in the movement?
While racial discrimination is no longer legal, we've got a long way to go. As a spiritual disorder, racism is so deeply rooted in us that nothing short of a conversion experience can change a person's mind and heart.
Once health care reform passed, the anti-reform minority became vitriolic, shouting racial epithets, carrying out acts of violence and claiming states' rights were usurped. It all mirrors the objections to civil rights in the '60s.
The rhetoric of the Tea Party members and others, who were unable to make their will mandatory through the electoral process, is crossing a dangerous line into a social activism that condones violence.
In too many Baptist circles today, the calling of a woman to pastoral ministry is still denied or dismissed. Yet, in churches where the principle of the autonomy of the local church is truly cherished, miracles occur.
As a 12-year-old, I couldn't fathom the uproar desegregation caused. My church barred blacks from entering. A mob gathered at my school. But my mother, who drove the school bus, provided the best lesson.
As a child growing up in church and segregated South Carolina in the 1940s, I was troubled when I realized black people weren't welcome in our church. The only answer given to me: "This is the way things are."
Racial discrimination and segregation are no longer legal, but Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of seeing a nation united rather than divided by race has not made as much progress. It's a spiritual problem.
Charles Wellborn opened membership in a Texas Baptist church to people of "all races and colors" in 1958. He received menacing phone calls and a cross burned on his lawn. He was 86 when he died Oct. 1.
Minorities in church. Rushing to war. Alleviating poverty. For some Christians, certain areas of life are simply too important to run the risk of Jesus meddling with them.
American Christians are under the impression that health insurance is a moral indicator for faithfulness and righteousness, even convincing ourselves the uninsured have made their own beds in terms of health care.
We don't often see them, but many of us wear racial lenses that distort our reality. Somehow we must find corrective lenses to help us conquer our racist distortion of reality.
Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" is about death and redemption as well as the loss of an American way of life. It's theological and timely given our age of rage against people of color.
Former President Jimmy Carter created an uproar by charging that some of the opposition to President Obama is due to continued racism. One African-American pastor applauded his courage.
Protesters vilify a black president. A congressman enjoys public health care but votes against health care for veterans. And ministers are silent as black leadership is demonized. What's happening to our character?
It's difficult to look outside our own lives and look at those who are different from us. It's harder to stand up for them and make sure they're included in our circle. Shannon Johnson knows.
Parents pull their children from school so they aren't exposed to President Obama's speech. A Baptist pastor in Arizona prays for the president's death. What fuels such fear and hatred?
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
The National Socialist Movement, or Nazi Party, met in North Carolina recently. Their America is filled with bigotry and racism. We must stand up for an America where people work together for the common good.
When we focus on the inspiring portions of history and gloss over the evils of our national heroes, history loses its value as an example and no longer tells the truth, W.E.B. Du Bois reminds us.
Among the 125 notable vehicles of the 20th century in the Henry Ford Museum, including a string of presidential limos, you can actually board only one and sit where its most famous passenger sat.
Members of Congress holding town hall meetings on health care reform are being shouted down by angry mobs of constituents. Pure paranoia? Not really. It's displaced racism.
Racism is flourishing in the United States. What can churches do? Screen "Beneath the Skin" in Sunday school classes and sponsor public forums to dialogue about racism.
Healing the racial divide is as important to Christianity as hot-button issues such as abortion and gay marriage, an African-American pastor said at a New Baptist Covenant regional meeting.
The arrest of a black Harvard professor outside his own home is an experience endured by many people of color. Why are we surprised that they do not trust the police?
A panel attempted to unravel several tangled strands from “Beneath the Skin” during a screening of the award-winning documentary at the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly July 2.
Sen. John Cornyn, as well as many Euro-Americans, perceives the ideal response to racism is to claim colorblindness. As noble as this may sound, it is a policy that is detrimental to communities of color.
I was confronted by a man who said that when he was growing up, racism was accepted as fact; no one around him questioned it, so how could his failure to act differently be held against him? That is precisely the exceeding sinfulness of sin.
When Churchland Baptist Church in Virginia used the "Beneath the Skin" DVD and study guide for a recent group session, it encouraged open and honest discussion that will hopefully trickle into further conversations in other settings.
America has come close to moments of racial reconciliation before, and in each instance the nation found a way or a reason to turn away from that opportunity. Will the election of Barack Obama be one more missed opportunity?
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will be screened by National Ministries during a luncheon at the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches-USA in Pasadena, Calif., in June.
"Beneath the Skin," an award-winning documentary, and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics' annual luncheon at this year's General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
During two breakout sessions at the recent Baptist Border Crossing, Baptists viewed EthicsDaily.com’s documentary “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” and discussed how they could cross racial boundaries.
The minds of many people of color have become accustomed to seeing reality through the lens of the dominant culture. The horror is when they accept this false reality as truth.
Staley caught the irony of singing and talking about progress in racial relations—yet until that service, two people who work in the same church every day had never worshiped together. She made a public commitment to doing something about it.
On Feb. 7, 2008, a man walked into Kirkwood City Hall and killed six people. The shooter, a local man known quite well by several church members, was a black man. All of the victims were white.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—New fruit is budding from a previous dying-on-the-vine event, which originated from some tiny seeds planted here in 1971.
We like to talk—and act as if our latest opinion is the right one for everyone else to embrace. But our past actions do not afford us such a position on the subject of race. It is a time to shut up, reflect deeply and listen to others.
I’m very grateful for “Beneath the Skin” as it proved to be an excellent resource to bring our two very different congregations together for meaningful discussion and planning.
Is it really better for government and religion to stay out of each other's affairs? This is a question that Joshua DuBois most likely will have to answer time and time again. May his wisdom surpass his years; and from what I've read of him, it does.
That’s the miracle of watching “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.” No matter where you are on the journey of race and reconciliation, the film offers a place for people to deepen their relationships with other people.
Showings of “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” in two tiny south Arkansas towns hit home.
It is an ambitious and even audacious idea. But it is a hopeful one. For too long we have skirted the edges of disaster existing as "us and them." It's time, not just for Baptists, but for everyone, to find a way just to be us.
Baptists have a long and storied history on the issue of race and racism.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBF) -- More than 1,000 people gathered in Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 31 for the first regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant. The event, which was held at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, occurred on the one year anniversary of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant, which drew more than 15,000 Baptists in Atlanta.
Hopefully, the enthusiasm of this new reality will continue as the hard work of true change begins.
An educational documentary on racism from EthicsDaily.com has been accepted at two more U.S. film festivals.
A virus broke out in early December in Little Rock, one that infects people of faith with a passion to do justice. Ground zero was, of all places, a Baptist church. And day one wasn’t even Sunday.
The events in our country and our community make the timing of this DVD and the screenings that have been held in Nashville, Fort Worth, Louisville, Atlanta and now Little Rock perfect for creating a new day in race relations.
The DVD screening, sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas, brought old and painful memories to many in the diverse audience of about 170--a 60-40 mix of white and minorities.
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will screen Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The free event also features the participation of several well-known figures.
The university's new interpretation of the Bible marked an about-face from a 1986 pamphlet, "Race Relations," written by a Bible department faculty member, Marshall Neal, who argued that racial segregation was based on the authority of the Bible.
In order for racial reconciliation to be an act of discipleship, white Christians must start at the ethical beginning, that place where we learn what sin is by learning of Christ's grace: worship.
Inspired by the vision and success of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant held earlier this year, several Baptist groups are planning similar regional gatherings for 2009. Next year will also mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement.
Three older pastors took me aside to offer some well-intentioned advice. In summary, they told me I wouldn't get far in ministry if I challenged racism. They defended their racist humor, insisting they meant no harm, declaring it was simply part of culture.
In light of Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's presidential election, many people are considering what his election might mean for race relations in America. Reflections from several African-American Baptist ministers suggest that although they see Obama's election as an important moment, it must be just one step on a longer road toward racial reconciliation.
EthicsDaily.com's new video on Baptists and racism will be screened at an international film festival on Sunday, October 19, at 12:00 p.m., at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University in downtown Nashville.
Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: "She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying 'Whites Only' or 'Blacks Only,' and she didn't know where she was supposed to sit."
Aidsand Wright-Riggins expected some sort of emotional response years ago as a religious-studies major in college when he illustrated a presentation on race and religion by tearing up an Ebony magazine portrayal of Jesus as an African-American.
As we drove into the cemetery, I could see through the windshield of my brother's car the flagpole at the entrance, and the flag itself--flying at half-mast.
The question came up on an American Airlines flight from Nashville to Dallas. I was reading the September-October issue of Sojourners, a liberal Christian magazine, and my seatmate was reading over my shoulder. We were both taken with a letter to the editor that opposed an apology for slavery.
On the football field a "crackback" is an unexpected blind-side block that takes a would-be tackler out of the play. When it comes to hiring black coaches, it's a standard part of the playbook, says Fitz Hill, former head coach at San Jose State University.
One reason 11 a.m. Sunday remains the most segregated hour in America is because many church members want it that way, according to a recent article by CNN.
While not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr., Fred L. Shuttlesworth was the Baptist pastor most responsible for the success of the civil rights movement in the Alabama city known as "Bombingham." Fifty racially motivated bombings between 1947 and 1955 epitomized southern resistance to integration.
I grew up in Brownwood, Texas, an ordinary segregated county-seat town. I gave little thought to the welfare or needs of the folks who lived in "The Flats," the place where the blacks lived.
A delegation of British Baptists in Jamaica this week apologized for England's role in the transatlantic slave trade, a scourge that shaped Caribbean history with effects that linger until today.
A delegation representing British Baptists travels Thursday to Jamaica to personally apologize for their nation's role two centuries ago in transatlantic trading of slaves.
The church remains the last bastion of segregation in America not primarily due to prejudice but because of power, says civil-rights advocate and author Will Campbell.
Most Americans are coming to terms with the environmental peril facing our planet. Documentaries, books, media attention and scientific research are raising consciousness to this very important issue. For this we should all be grateful. However, there exists an inconvenient truth within the present environmental movement. The greatest levels of environmental derogation exist where people of color live.
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
It was a costly battle for many whose family, profession, prestige – even life itself were laid on the line. During the 1950s and 1960s the fight for dignity and human rights against bigotry, hate and apathy changed the lives of thousands of Americans.
On Friday, April 4, the world remembers the 40th anniversary of the untimely and tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King's legacy is large, and much of the progress we have made in race relations, although still inadequate, is due to his unwavering belief and commitment to justice, freedom, and equality for all.
Racism is racism. Sexism is sexism. Wrong is wrong. Secular hate speech is as wrong as religious hate speech. Liberal untruthfulness is as wrong as conservative untruthfulness. Yet human nature compels us to rationalize, to justify and to defend our dehumanizing action and beliefs, and those of our friends, those on our side.
Growing up black in America, Aidsand Wright-Riggins says he is used to hearing the "n-word." What bothers him is as a midweek air traveler he seldom sees more than one or two fellow African-American passengers, even though the United States is more than 12 percent black.
Should a Southern Baptist Convention leader resign for using a Yiddish slur against a Jewish senator, or is it "much ado about not much?" That's the range of reaction to Monday's EthicsDaily.com story quoting Ethics & Religious Liberty head Richard Land calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer a "schmuck."
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
A controversial "pro-majority" group gathers today in Jena, La., to protest both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and last September's rally that brought thousands of African-Americans to the small town in solidarity with six arrested black teens now famous as the Jena Six.
On Jan. 2, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a "mass meeting" at Brown Chapel in Selma, Ala. This meeting kicked off the involvement of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Selma's voting rights campaign.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday affords Americans a built-in opportunity to revisit the issue of racial justice. It is also a window through which we may re-view the lives of others who, like King, pushed America toward becoming a "beloved community" of racial justice.
The great modern-day theologian--Steven Colbert of the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report"--recently began accepting applications for the position of his very own "black friend."
North American Baptists will soon have one of the best opportunities in our history to address the racial divisions that have too long defined us.
Earlier this year, I posted about my excitement about the New Baptist Covenant. And I encourage as many people as possible to attend next January's celebration.
"Amazing Grace" finally arrives on DVD today, nine months after its theatrical release.
Last month I watched the events in Jena, La., unfold with particular interest. Jena is hometown to one of my aunts. I have friends from college and in Louisiana life who grew up in Jena and who have family living there now. I was born in Alexandria, about 30 miles away.
Protests sparked by the hanging of three nooses from a Louisiana schoolyard tree have sparked a series of copycat acts, further fueling a debate over America's lingering legacy of racial injustice and violence.
In the late 1970s, I was a not-yet-30-year-old pastor with four or five years of grassroots ordained experience under my belt. I was serving a congregation of fewer than 50 members in south-central Los Angeles, in a converted restaurant located in a community whose racial makeup was rapidly transitioning. Whites had long since made their flight from the economically declining neighborhood to points westward, seeking enclaves of homogeneity.
I often have college students do an essay on race relations and the Christian heritage in light of reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Most students express an appreciation of King's life and work but many add: "We are glad that the issue of race relations is over. We are glad that we don't have to work on that problem anymore."
"The only stained glass window in the church that remained in its frame showed Christ leading a group of little children," United Press International reported the day after the bombing. "The face of Christ was blown out."