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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove urges readers to recognize and address our racial habits in his recent book, “Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.” “Change your racial habits and you change the way you see the world,” he asserts. In stunning language, Wilson-Hartgrove writes of the internalized arrangement that socially colored white people must make in […] Read More

The Field

My brother and I grew up in a small town in the East Arkansas Delta in the ’40s and ’50s. We lived on Division Street. It was a great place to live if you were white. Our small frame rent house was in the last block of South Division before it passed under the railroad […] Read More

I am tired of all of the uproar and unrest in Baltimore. I understand how layer upon layer of unaddressed injustice over time can make people frustrated enough to behave irrationally. Sustained neglect to this degree is easier to dismiss or keep on the periphery of life than to address head on openly and honestly, […] Read More

If we want to understand better white Baptists of the South on race, we need to remember a forgotten figure – A.C. Miller – and a slice of history – the 1954 Southern Baptist Convention. Never heard of Miller? Most Baptists have not. One might dare say that no current student or recent graduate of […] Read More

Sadly, I believe the chances of current ideas easing racial tensions in America is minimal in the wake of the shootings of black persons by police and the shootings of police, unless things really change on both sides of the aisle. Race relations and tensions in America have a long and sordid history, which does […] Read More

As a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, makes international headlines following a police officer shooting and killing an unarmed African-American teenager, most Baptist churches have responded with silence while some attempt to build peace and reconciliation. examined the websites and social media accounts of a few dozen Baptist churches in the St. Louis area, […] Read More is coming again to your television, this time courtesy of a new network that focuses on African Americans. “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism,”’s award-winning documentary, will be broadcast multiple times in late July and early August on Soul of the South Network (SSN). These broadcasts will be followed later in August with […] Read More

Never Give Up

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. August 18, 2013 Hebrews 11:32-12:3 Derek Redmon was about halfway through the 400m race at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain when his hamstring snapped. Immediately, he fell to the ground writhing in pain. As a medical team showed up with a stretcher, Derek […] Read More

Will Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) face any costly repercussions for comparing House Republican tea party members to “white crackers,” a pejorative term for white Southerners? When cooking celebrity Paula Deen admitted in a deposition that she had used the “N-word,” the Food Network pulled her show off the air, Smithfield Foods ended its relationship with […] Read More

I am a black man and I am serving as interim pastor at a white church. Not just any white church, but one that was started 100 years ago specifically to serve white people in a suburban area. This is not the first time that I have served in a pastoral capacity at a white […] Read More