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Starlette Thomas

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

Disputes litter our lives. People backbite; politicians gaslight. Rather than hear the ugly truth, we pick up stones. In a world offering illusions at half price and selling wholesale deceptions, we must call for peace. […] Read More

I am a race atheist. I used to believe in race, with all my heart. However, my faith in Christ did something I didn’t expect; my new identity in Christ began to challenge my racial identity. […] Read More

Many in the church have given up looking for the image of God within us and settled for the cheap duplications of race. We started creating God in the image of race. […] Read More

Race has been divinely sanctioned by the church in America. We have given it sacred rights and privileges, a place of honor in our fellowship. […] Read More

Race and its progeny – prejudice, racism and stereotypes – are the elephants in our pews. It’s a jungle in here on Sunday mornings and more than a tight squeeze as we attempt to lift our hands in worship, to fold our hands in prayer, to grab the hand of our neighbor in fellowship. Let’s […] Read More

The national news has covered recent incidents involving African-American persons being physically and verbally assaulted, bullied, disturbed, falsely arrested, harassed and questioned. This treatment is not the result of crime, but of doing things considered normal in any other context or culture, that is, barbecuing, eating, shopping, sitting on one’s porch, sleeping, vacationing. Persons would […] Read More