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Author Starlette Thomas

Starlette Thomas is interim pastor of Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland, and minister to empower congregations at the D.C. Baptist Convention.

We applaud Martin Luther King Jr.’s cause now, but that wasn’t always the case. His home was bombed, he was bullied by strangers and hounded by the FBI. And today the US still remains geographically and socially segregated. […] Read More

Christmas does not come just once a year. Jesus is not unpacked with the ornaments. He can’t be hung up and taken down like our decorations. But as it was then, so it is now. We still do not have room for Jesus. […] Read More

Human beings have convinced themselves that we come in colors. Each day, they attempt to create distance between each other. And Sunday morning doesn’t bring us any closer. It’s 11 a.m. Nothing changes. […] Read More

The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till shocked our nation. It shouldn’t have happened; it should never happen again. And yet African Americans continue to be lynched, from the Eric Garners to the Trayvon Martins. […] Read More

African Americans die while in police custody. A culture of sexual harassment and assault runs rampant. Yet the North American church remains silent and sacrifices its prophetic witness. So society marches on without them. […] Read More

If we fully understood race and not just racism, prejudice or stereotypes, we would not want it. We would not claim a race and would not want race to claim us. So why do we have such a difficult time leaving race behind? […] Read More

The story of the Central Park 5, told on Netflix’s “When They See Us,” isn’t the first time young men were found guilty of a crime they didn’t commit; it won’t be the last. We must tell their stories, no matter how numerous. […] Read More

Do you see the world through race-colored glasses? Many folks rely on race to survive in the world around them. They can’t understand the world without its prejudices. If this is how you feel, I understand. I’ve been there. […] Read More

We have integrated businesses, schools, buses and restrooms but not sanctuaries. It’s a sad commentary that U.S. Christians cannot come together one day a week for an hour or two. We remain hard-hearted when it comes to race. […] Read More

Instead of giving voice to their fears, many pretend or tolerate persons from other cultures. Sometimes, however, they speak those fears aloud. America is supposed to be a melting pot, but who’s in charge of the ingredients? […] Read More