What is an Earnest Discussion of Racism?

The recent racist shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has sparked discussion. This is good, right? This is progress, right? We can rest assured that in a few months we will have finally arrived: we will be a nation of unprecedented racial equality complete with counter-racist institutions and leaders who openly acknowledge the enduring,…

Responding to the Tragedy in SC

Today when I checked the news, I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina. If you are unaware of what happened, here is the gist: last night at 9:00PM, a 21-year-old white man walked into a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire. He killed nine…

Color-Blindness Hurts

Color-Blindness Hurts What exactly happened to Tahera Ahmad on that United Airlines flight? According to news reports, a flight attendant denied Ahmad an unopened can of diet soda.  “Big deal,” you might think. “It’s probably just some obscure airline regulation about canned drinks, right?” Unfortunately, no.  This is about race. In Ahmad’s words, “This isn’t…