What Clint Smith and Frederick Douglass Taught Me About Critical Race Theory

“Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter.”

I decided to write this post reflecting on the first July 4th celebration since the government officially recognized Juneteenth.

I’ve been following Clint Smith for some time now, after his Crash Course video series popped up on my YouTube feed at the same time that I read an article about him in Poets & Writers.

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The Circles Around Us by Brad and Kristi Montague vs Circles by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Recently I read Brad and Kristi Montague’s new book Circles.

Then I went and read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s old essay, also called “Circles.”

I decided to review them both by making a compare/contrast chart. I couldn’t figure out how to make it a circle, so it’s going to be a rectangle, okay?

                             

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5 Reasons To Say Bye to Lee’s Statue

“I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.”

Virginia put up a statue of a Confederate commander in 1890, just after the Civil War and preluding years of Jim Crow and Civil Rights opposition. After many recent protests, the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond is removed. I’m happy to hear this. Here are 5 reasons why: Continue reading

Scrooge Would Have Loved This

Ebenezer Scrooge hated Christmas.

“Every idiot who goes about with a ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”

But that was back in the Victorian era, when Christmas was a small holiday that involved cheer, giving, and caroling. Not like today. Continue reading

Today’s Featured Series: A Faith Not Worth Fighting For

Well readers, we’re nearing the end of summer. Recently my blog (and my marriage) celebrated an anniversary.

So in honor of that, this week I will repost one of my blog series every day.

Today’s series is my chapter-by-chapter review of A Faith Not Worth Fighting For by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer.

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Ch1: Aren’t Pacifists Passive?
Ch2: Can We Let Neighbors Die?
Ch3 What if Someone Were Attacking a Loved One?
Ch4 What About Hitler?
Ch5 What About Calling the Police?
Ch6 What About Killing Freedom?
Ch7 Should a Nation Turn the Other Cheek?
Ch8 What About War and Violence in the Old Testament?
Ch9 Let Every Soul Be Subject?
Ch10 Did Jesus Bring Peace, or a Sword?
Ch11 What About the Centurion?
Ch12 Didn’t Jesus use a Whip?
Ch 13 What About the Warrior Jesus?
Review End: A Closure of Thoughts