Articles on Race

In 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sat in a Birmingham jail and penned a “patient and reasonable” response to clergy who criticized his visit as “unwise and untimely.” Though these preachers weren’t in denial of racial injustices, they... Continue...

“I want to adopt from Africa.” The first time my wife said this, I secretly hoped that if I ignored it, she would move on to some other idea that was less threatening to me. She never moved on. So... Continue...

“I can’t believe I grew up in Mississippi my entire life and didn’t learn a thing about Fannie Lou Hamer.” Last month, I kicked off a book club in my living room. My hope had been to gather together a... Continue...

When white supremacy is on the march, Satan rejoices. This is all the more reason that followers of Christ should unite in the face of such evil, particularly when it lands in your backyard. It is highly doubtful that anyone... Continue...

I live in Charlottesville, Va. You may have heard of it. You probably saw my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the... Continue...

My great-great-grandfather is buried on the campus of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Private Hiram A. Thacker fought in the Alabama Infantry for the Confederate States of America. He died in 1864 at a field hospital in Charlottesville from... Continue...

Earlier today, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution condemning the movement known as the “alt-right.” The language of the resolution reads, in part, WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present all over the world in various white... Continue...

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are five facts you should know about the killing of the civil rights leader in Memphis, Tennessee. 1. The killing of King in 1968 was the second... Continue...

Jesus said that what comes out of our hearts defiles us (Mark 7:21-23), and bigotry is a harmful example of this defilement. The challenge and problem is that we tend to view bigotry from a behavioral perspective, but it goes... Continue...

I grew up in one of those families that hands a child a musical instrument shortly after they learn to walk. I spent a few tortured years falling asleep in violin lessons, followed by a few more spent crying in... Continue...