The Bible and Rap

Maya Aphornsuvan (Elizabethtown College '18) follows the story of rapper, MC Jin, examining how the Bible and race color the meaning of his success--whether he wants it to or not. This is the second issue in our fourth volume on the Bible and Race in the USA. You can read a response to this post here. “If … Continue reading The Bible and Rap

The Bible and Race in the USA: the Redundancy of Identity Politics

Hilary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign has prompted a number of post-mortem pieces on the state of the Democratic Party. Not too long ago, pundits had predicted that Donald Trump’s nativism spelled the end of the Grand Ole Party. Now the question is where did Hilary Clinton go wrong,

Thoughts on the State of our Disunion

Today, we can speak casually of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Many of us are not required to think about, really think about, the effects of three hundred-plus years of “writing on backs” that lead to the movement. We are removed from the economic realities and social injustices that lit the fire for that movement. Anyone who has not had to come to terms with the persistence of that writing on the backs is not likely to feel the sense of urgency that racism in this country ought to stir in all of us.

The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

Morpheus from the Matrix, showing the red and blue pills.

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 Pledge of Allegiance and Native Americans

Maya Aphornsuvan looks at the contestation over American patriotism in light of settler-colonial and Cold War history. Israel Dominguez offers a response. This is the second post in our series on indigeneity and part of a conversation on "The Bible and Race in the USA." "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to … Continue reading The Pledge of Allegiance and Native Americans