ICYMI: On Kings and Trump Cards

A student asked me the other day whether King's legacy is something to be given up since it can be used for contrary ends. My piece doesn't answer this with a clear answer. I do hope that it leaves readers asking that question. To me that question is a prior step to ruthlessly careful and self-conscious criticism.

The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

In just a few short weeks, the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will be holding their joint annual meeting. Recently, the AAR took up the tradition of bandying a theme; "Revolutionary Love." Elsewhere I've offered remarks on the issues it raises for the type of work that I … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

The Stereotype of Criminal Blackness

Racial inequality is a well-known problem across the United States, but people rarely know how or why these numerous socio-economic gaps were created and allowed to persist between humans with simple differences in physical characteristics. In fact, the racial disparities that we observe today find their origin from the inception of a country that set forth that all men are created equal. But recent research suggests that many citizens may inherently believe otherwise.

Christianity Before and After Charleston

...one of the most vivid accounts of baptism in the Black Church tradition while contextualizing the role of race and Christianity in American life.

REL 101 (WCH): Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview

What if the study of religion started with the African American experience? Instead of privileging a specific tradition, this course examines the history of a people who came to a new world compelled to quickly learn the significance of "religion" itself. We will follow along by plumbing the depths of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, listening to … Continue reading REL 101 (WCH): Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview