Returning to School as a Culturally Responsive Teacher, Part 1

I was recently substitute teaching at a large and diverse high school when three young men walked in to the room. Only one of them was on the roster, but they were all being respectful, if not a little playful and off task. I didn’t know what to do, however, because if that had happenedContinue reading “Returning to School as a Culturally Responsive Teacher, Part 1”

The Cost of Honesty and True Discipleship: In Support of Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

There has been nothing more disturbing than witnessing fellow Christians dragging Dr. Walker-Barnes through the mud with online hate and vitriol for being an honest Christian. Normally, when we think about what it means to be an honest Christian, we think of honest Abe. We don’t lie, we don’t do a lot of things thatContinue reading “The Cost of Honesty and True Discipleship: In Support of Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes”

Is Education Contributing to Mental Health Challenges?

A thought just came to me, and it’s one that I have been batting away for the last few years. Is our educational system so outmoded that it actually causes harm to the students who attend? I speak with regard to middle school and high school. I think elementary school is necessary. And that itContinue reading “Is Education Contributing to Mental Health Challenges?”

Systems of Oppression (Liberals) Meet Moral Responsibility (Conservatives)

Ok, so I went down the conservative rabbit hole with the news media. And then I went back to the liberal press to recover. What follows is an honest attempt to make sense of the divergence. Bear with me! A great article in the Atlantic (January 2021 after the coup) ended with this story andContinue reading “Systems of Oppression (Liberals) Meet Moral Responsibility (Conservatives)”

Dear Organizational Leaders:

[Here is a letter I sent to multiple organizations today.] Asian Americans are being attacked from multiple races and their mistreatment is often neglected or minimized. I hope you are crafting or will craft a statement as an organization regarding the Anti-Asian American violence of the past year, and in particular from yesterday. Here isContinue reading “Dear Organizational Leaders:”

The Thing About Racial Justice: We Need Proximity

I think that there is a problem in how we talk about racial justice. For my conservative friends – and for my conservative side: really reflect. Have you gone to a protest and been there bodily alongside people grieving another death of a Black person? Have you worked alongside people who speak Spanish as theirContinue reading “The Thing About Racial Justice: We Need Proximity”

My Disappointment with the Journal Deepens into Alarm

I shouldn’t be surprised given its affiliation with Fox News, but I am. The state of the media has become inverted. The NYT doesn’t like the president because he’s not liberal enough. But my more pressing concern is this: the WSJ is taking up a battle against woke culture. I’m also against woke culture, butContinue reading “My Disappointment with the Journal Deepens into Alarm”

Wynkoop’s Wesleyan Antiracism

I’m on the last pages of the holiness theologian Mildred Bangs Wynkoop’s book A Theology of Love: The Dynamic of Wesleyanism. She’s Christian, and so am I, but I thought to myself as I wondered whether I should post this on my secular blog, given all of the white Christian nationalism going on right now, maybe Christians willContinue reading “Wynkoop’s Wesleyan Antiracism”

In Defense of Robin DiAngelo Amidst the Coca Cola DEI Controversy

I myself was recently criticizing Robin DiAngelo because her work talks past Black people to fellow white people. In the wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder, there were a lot of people who were buying her book White Fragility and reading that instead of books by people of color. This concerned me, and so IContinue reading “In Defense of Robin DiAngelo Amidst the Coca Cola DEI Controversy”

Authenticity Begins with the Breath

I think that white supremacy hardens the hearts of white people so much, that when we get into diverse spaces we put up our defenses and hide behind the lie of meritocracy. On the other hand, social justice is not a thought experiment. As we begin this blog, let us remember that authenticity begins withContinue reading “Authenticity Begins with the Breath”