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Beneath the Skin

Bearing false witness reached a fever pitch immediately following the jury acquittal of George Zimmerman. One side charged that the “New South” was nothing more than the “Old South,” as if nothing had changed in the last 50 years. The Florida court verdict was dismissed as “Old South justice,” perhaps a reference to a time […] Read More

Thirty-six Baptists – including blacks and whites – gathered to express their concerns about racism in the St. Louis area and beyond during a session of a regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant II. St. Luke Memorial Baptist Church in St. Louis hosted one of several satellite gatherings of the Covenant on Nov. 17-19. […] Read More

“Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” screened at the recent Kentucky Baptist Fellowship Spring Gathering. While viewing the presentation, I felt a sense of despair that despite decades of excruciating effort to rid our society of this blot, racism still plagues us. Like kudzu, we can’t seem to get rid of it, no matter how […] Read More

Emmanuel McCall is’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2009. Few Baptists have worked more constructively over a longer period of time inside the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation than McCall. He has done so with a gritty determination and an undeniable dignity. Many a good man would have understandably […] Read More

Covering a health-care rally on Aug. 13 in Nashville, the Tennessean reported, “Anti-reformers at the rally argued against government control of health-care delivery, particularly the use of translators for patients who do not speak English.” Fox News’ Glenn Beck charged in July that President Obama’s health-care reform was really a covert plan to establish reparations […] Read More

Baptists of various races gathered Thursday in Norman, Okla., for a discussion that a prominent Southern Baptist African-American pastor called “courageous, prophetic and appropriate.”   Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, commended the Midwest Regional Meeting of the New Baptist Covenant for creating dialogue on issues of race.   The gathering, […] Read More

HOUSTON, Texas — A panel attempted to unravel several tangled strands from “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” during a screening of the award-winning documentary at the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly July 2. “It’s time to get off our behinds and do what needs to be done about […] Read More

Our congregation used the “Beneath the Skin” DVD and study guide for a Wednesday night break-out group this May. The video, broken into shorter segments, and the free study guide provided at were very helpful.   The group that joined me for the study varied from 30 to 80 years of age. The group […] Read More

National Ministries will screen the award-winning documentary “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” at its luncheon with a panel discussion at the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches-USA in Pasadena, Calif., in June.   Luncheon panelists include: Juan Martinez, assistant dean, Hispanic Church Studies department, and associate professor, Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership, School […] Read More

An award-winning documentary and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics’ annual luncheon at this year’s General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship scheduled for July 2 in Houston, Texas.   BCE will offer a partial screening of its DVD “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.”   After the […] Read More