#BlackDeath at the hands of police has become, as we all know by now, an all too common trend. Only last week, the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile became the latest in a long line of #blackdeath as a result of interaction with police
Kelly Brown Douglas examines the myths and narratives underlying a “stand-your-ground” culture, taking seriously the social as well as the theological questions raised by this and similar events, from Ferguson, Missouri to Staten Island, New York. - Union Theological Seminary
In Houston, Texas, a small contingent of clergy caravanned along Highway 290 to the town of Prairie View, to the very place where Sandra Bland was stopped, pulled from her car, thrown down, and arrested — just after her acceptance of a new job at the college. We were in town for a national black church conference, and we had come to pay homage, to pour libation, and to pray.
Make the commitment: We won't stop marching when the cameras leave and the world moves on. We won't stop marching until justice comes down like water, righteousness like a mighty stream and all God's children can live free.
By Ron Daniels, Ph.D. In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the “Stand Your Ground Law” which provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. There are times when there is a...
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.
May we not forget that neither criminality nor intelligence is a ”look,” ”walk,” ”culture” or ”talk.” Such thinking has robbed and shortchanged Trayvon, and too many others, of a life worth living. Ultimately, it’s a pernicious logic that allows perpetrators to walk free and blames the victim for violence inflicted upon them.