This is a first for the Pass the Mic podcast. In the hundreds of episode we’ve done over the years, we’ve never had this particular privilege. The rapper Seun (S.O.) Otukpe chose our podcast to debut his new song, “White Jesus.” In this song, S.O. lyrically dismantles the myth that Jesus is a European-looking white […]
Is racism mostly a reality of the past? Has America largely overcome its fixation with skin color? Have we become post-racial? The signs of progress inundate our society. We have seen black people and other people of color enter all segments of life from blockbuster movies, to the Supreme Court, to billionaire-level wealth. It appears […]
I remember two married couples from my church—one couple was black and the other was white—who became friends. They had very different views on politics, vastly difference experiences in life, but they bonded over conversations about their children. One day the black couple told the white couple about “the talk.” No. Not the “birds and […]
While activists have initiated remarkable progress when it comes to race in America, the struggle for black freedom continues. The reality is that racism remains. It is sometimes hidden in the walls and rafters of the nation’s institutions but even so, like an un-killable cockroach, racism still frequently scurries back into the light. No matter […]
After reading dozens of U.S. history books for my PhD coursework this year, I find myself circling back to a few works time and again. So I decided to put them in a of list my ten favorite history books that I read in 2017. I say “favorite” because this list is entirely subjective and […]
Tyler moderates a panel of women and black Christians to discuss the question, “Am I an Evangelical?” Listen today. Remember to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast! Audio – Am I an Evangelical? Video – Am I an Evangelical? pt. 1 & pt. 2
In the days of Jim Crow law and custom mandated racial segregation, physical signs of separation included placards over drinking fountains, separate entrances at movie theaters, and train cars dedicated to one race or another. It took a costly movement for civil rights in the mid-twentieth century to bring down those barriers and allow racial […]
As someone who does race work, every so often someone makes the comment, “All you talk about is race.” I usually keep it moving and avoid making any response, but the statement frustrates me–mostly because it’s not literally true. I talk about a lot things. But I do talk about race a good bit. Here […]
On June 19 (Juneteenth!) Jemar Tisby, president and co-founder of the RAANetwork, conducted his first-ever #TisbyTakeover. Tisby took over the RAAN Twitter account for an hour to answer questions about race, religion, education, and culture. The event was a success in every way. Followers asked insightful questions and the exchanges exposed to people to the […]
The goal today is this: to untangle race, religion, and politics so that divisions in the world don’t cause divisions in the Church.
In Gal. 3:28, Paul states: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Christians often use this verse to support color-blindness in the church. As I’ve argued elsewhere, color-blindness basically claims that we should be racially neutral and look beyond one’s skin […]
Jemar Tisby directs us to a seven-part series entitled, “Race and the American Church”, by Otis Pickett that surveys the U.S. church’s interplay with racial dynamics.
If you think America is post-racial, just wait about seven days and you will have cause to re-evaluate that claim. Instances of racial violence perpetrated against African Americans have become nearly a weekly occurrence. This time the place is Cincinnati and the person is Sam DuBose. Lecrae Starts a Conversation A body cam video shows […]
In this final segment of a 3-part series on the Image of God in the African American experience, we see how Christ gives us an identity realer than race.
“A Time to Speak” may make it easier for Christians to talk seriously about race in the church.
In the first part of a three-part series, RAAN President, Jemar Tisby, highlights the importance of the Image of God as a prominent teaching today.
New Testament professor, Jarvis Williams, applies ideas of tough-mindedness and tender-heartedness from one of MLK’s sermons to the situation in Ferguson and African Americans today.
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Jarvis J. Williams, Ph.D. He is Associate Professor for New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The O’Reilly Factor On Tuesday night of August 26, 2014, Mr. Bill O’Reilly, host of the O’Reilly Factor, offered an articulate (and on the surface a compelling) argument against the reality […]
Note: This post originally appeared in Thistle, the online blog of Covenant Theological Seminary. The recent situation in Ferguson has brought out a lot of emotions and actions that seem to have taken most of the United States by surprise. However, I believe that most black people in the country would say that there are […]