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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.

One of my deepest grievances is the witness of the church in North America as a new, transformed and reconciled community. I understand that the colonialized practice of Christianity did much to disturb a proper foundation for fellowship between believers of different cultures, namely African and Europeans during American slavery. Since then, rebellions and wars […] Read More

Novelist James Baldwin looked down at the red clay hills of Georgia and thought “that this earth had acquired its color from the blood that dripped down from the trees.” That lynching is a part of America’s troubled history cannot be overstated and yet it is not often talked about. Still, Billie Holiday sang of […] Read More

Many of us in the U.S. have a long-distance relationship with persons of other cultures. Attempts have been made to describe the nature of our interactions as a melting pot (used to describe a place where persons of different cultures, beliefs and practices are mixed together) or a salad bowl (used to describe a place […] Read More

How shall we honor the fallen and our veterans? Patriotism and nationalism are problematic words, for they carry at least two meanings and several sides to the story of our democracy. We need only look to Frederick Douglass’ speech – “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” – to realize our differences of […] Read More

We’ve done so much out of respect and admiration for, in celebration and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. that I wonder if these expressions are just that – words left hanging on calendars and parade routes, on school buildings, city streets and expressways, in libraries and museums, in filled rooms with empty people. […] Read More

“Never think that you need to protect God. Because anytime you think you need to protect God, you can be sure that you are worshipping an idol.” – Stanley Hauerwas Afraid. It is the best way to describe my feelings about the conversations that are taking place, the declarations being made on social media, at […] Read More

I’m not searching for a middle ground, an either/or, both/and solution to race. I don’t believe in compromise when it comes to the matter, for the loss is too great if race remains in our lives. No one will win; no one ever has. I find nothing of use in the designations of race or its conclusions about people […] Read More

I have struggled with the concept of race since my early teens. Though race, racism, stereotypes and prejudices have been and continue to be used as a rationale for the ways of American society and its citizens, it was never justified for me. Race did not and remains unable to explain or excuse behavior that […] Read More

We believe that we are born into race and behave as if we are preprogrammed by it, predisposed to being racially motivated. We wouldn’t hate or stereotype or segregate or kill if the person had not been black, white, red, yellow, brown or beige. If they had only been different, if they had only been […] Read More

My day began at 5:15 a.m. My attire had been preselected, my purse packed, and I had visited the salon for a hair appointment the night before. I was preparing to go to the White House for the second time this month. I was among those chosen to meet with senior staff of the Obama […] Read More