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Breaking Up With White Jesus

It’s December of 2014. 2am, 3am, 4am, 5am, I thrash and turn over in bed and click on my phone, know I should not click on my phone, click on my phone. And there are the messages, the emails, the notes that never seem to stop. The usual stuff women get on the Internet: you…

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We Are Living Reminders

HBO’s The Leftovers and grief

by maorzo, via Flickr

Black Preacher at the Family Reunion

“Do it or I’ll cut your throat,” Kevin said. You thought about it, yelling the word and then running and it would all really just be a game.

Steve Rhodes, via Flickr

Color and Consciousness

Bruce Reyes-Chow curates tough, necessary conversations about race.

Birmingham Public Library

Bombed-Out Jesus

It’s not until I look at the blank space where his face would be that I see how white he was.

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In the Devil House

People always told Frank Jones that he was special.

"Our Lady of Lebanon" by Rebecca Wilson via Flickr.

Missing Communion

“God liked people who could admit to their total raw fear.”

Zora Neale Hurston.

Muddy Modern Love

A new testament from Zora Neale Hurston.

Photo of Ofelia Rivas by Jason Jacks for The Sierra Club.

Today Needs Another Name

This Columbus Day, the spirit of 1492 is alive and well.

By F. Opper in Puck, 1881.

Yes, Mr. Kristof, This Is America

Why are we so surprised by our own bigotry?

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Unseen Movie/Unread Book Review: Eat Pray Love

I recently saw a commercial for the movie Eat Pray Love. I said, “This is the sort of thing that makes me embarrassed to be a white lady, just like Sex and the City does.” Because Julia Roberts is all oh man, I’ve been too busy with husbands and life partners to find out who…

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Tea Party: a Nation of Islam for White People?

Jenean McBrearty offers a response to JoAnn Wypijewski’s “Outside a Tea Party“: While in graduate school in the 1980s, I was often alone in empty halls after undergrads had left. One day I saw suited young black men along a stairwell, and heard doings upstairs. It was a meeting of The Nation of Islam. Being…

"Tea Party tax day protest 2010" by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr.

Outside a Tea Party

Mongrel politics and an American mind.

"Westboro Baptist Church outside ADL offices" by k763 via Flickr

The Magnetic Poetry of Fred Phelps

How a onetime civil rights lawyer learned that God hates fags.

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Elie Wiesel to Speak at Anti-Semitic Event

Activist Rachel Tabachnik writes: Tomorrow night (Sunday, Oct. 25) Elie Wiesel will be the keynote speaker at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church for Christians United For Israel’s Night to Honor Israel. This is a devastating development which is difficult to comprehend. Wiesel has spent his life combatting racism and fighting for human rights. Bruce Wilson and…

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The Masons Are Still Segregated?

Much of the response to my article from last week on Dan Brown and Freemasonry has focused on the questions of race in the fraternity. As one reader said of his experience with Masonry, “I was told the Freemasons don’t care what color, race or nationality you are.” In fact, a man of any ethnicity…

Killing the Buddha

You Said the N-word!

We knew that publishing Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou’s “Gays Are the New Niggers” would make some waves. It came to us, in fact, because others (perhaps rightly) were reluctant to run it with that title. But when we saw the essay’s call to the memory of Bayard Rustin, the civil rights movement’s master of nonviolence…

Bayard Rustin in 1963

Gays Are the New Niggers

40 years after the Stonewall riots, what Bayard Rustin means for American democracy.