Otis Moss, III is an activist, cultural critic, writer and Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. His son Elijah is a high school honor student, writer/poet, athlete and part time family comedian.
It would be good if this spate of time where the anger of white people is being lifted up could serve as the bridge for new communication and understanding between the races. But it won’t - because those who could begin the dialogues will not do that. They are holding onto the Myth of White Superiority.
Join us for a lively conversation moderated by Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III and conversation partners, Harriet Moon Smith of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Pastor of the Open Church.
What does Jesus have to say to the wounded and the outcast? For those who are among the "least of these," what can this faith provide? Can it provide anything of substance? Is religion sufficient as a remedy for those who have their backs against the wall?
As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history.
Leah Gaskin Fitchue is the president of Payne Theological Seminary. She presented at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race at Birckbeck, University of London. Dr. Fitchue's presentation was entitled "The Collision of Racism and the Truth of the Cross"