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Black Lives Matter, Refugees & the Good Samaritan

Living with the results of other people's thinking is why something like #BlackLivesMatter even has to be stated. But we can change the results for others. Our thinking can be elevated; our compassion deepened. Those past results don't deserve our blind allegiance. I keep going back to these core things: Every person was made in… Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Refugees & the Good Samaritan

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Jury Duty: Insights into Injustice & the Justice System

2014 was full of rampant injustices. We saw unarmed men killed by police --- sometimes even on video. We saw those same men responsible escape punishment, even after grand juries were convened.   As much as these injustices make our stomachs turn, many of us still have one thing we hate more: jury duty. We simply… Continue reading Jury Duty: Insights into Injustice & the Justice System

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Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen

If you're living as a white person in a predominately white neighborhood, stop talking & listen. Please.   If your perceived reality is that racism doesn't exist anymore, it doesn't change the fact that it does exist. For many, many people.                                      … Continue reading Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen

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When I First Learned I was ‘White’

The anniversary of my friend's murder just passed. Thirteen years. Still hard to swallow. Something like that changes you. It has to... or, at the very least, it should. One of the things that makes everything in Ferguson so powerful is the way it shapes --- & hopefully matures --- the context/narrative of crime and… Continue reading When I First Learned I was ‘White’

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Ray Lewis or Tim Tebow: A Grace Conumdrum

Grace: something every person in life wants. Love: something every person who has ever lived searches for. But the thing is, we put a price tag on love. We tell ourselves we have to earn grace. We tell others they definitely have to earn forgiveness.   In a competitive world, we have extremes.  Those of… Continue reading Ray Lewis or Tim Tebow: A Grace Conumdrum