As a straight black man, I feel less safe in the United States than I have ever felt. I am fighting a deep sense of regret for risking all on the behalf of gay marriage and God knows I do not want to feeI that way.
On election night in 2008, those two narratives were held in tension as a multi-racial and intergenerational nation celebrated its fait accompli. Regardless of the outcome next Tuesday, the election of Barack Obama remains a defining moment in American history—for better or for worse.
"Rev. Sekou is one of the most courageous and prophetic voices of our time. His allegiance to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is strong and his witness is real. Don't miss this book!" -Cornel West, Professor of Religion, Princeton University
The prophetic tradition has served to create a public discourse and will courageous enough to enact sweeping public policy that tilts toward the least of these and the expansion of democratic opportunity. By reducing the public discourse to cheering on the president without critique only serves the interest of the most powerful.
These portraits of young Black men in London and questionable deaths in police custody are not new. In the past twenty years, over 1,400 people have died in police custody and police officer has never been charged. Ricky Bishop, Smiley Culture, and host of others are among those who died under suspicious circumstances in police custody. There is a general sense in the Black British population that their lives are not valued by the police. Moreover, many Black youth feel alienated from British society.
To be sure the Black Church is not monolithic. In fact the term, “Black Church” is a rubric for a half dozen predominately Black denominations, dozens of non-denominational mega churches and their fellowships, and black congregations inside predominately white denominations. These various constellations constitute the Black Church. In word, there are many “Black Churches”.