How Race-Norming is Grounded in Scientific Racism
There are many in our country who say that systemic racism isn’t real. They concede it happened in the past, during slavery and the Jim Crow era, but not today. It just isn’t true, they say. No verifiable evidence, they say.
A few days ago, the NFL unwittingly, I think, made a statement confessing to a practice of systemic racism that has been in place since the 1990s. What was their confession ~ what is this racism that has been baked into NFL guidelines for nearly three decades? It’s called race-norming.
I was forty-eight when I first heard the names, Dick Rowland and Sarah Paige. Rowland was a Black teenage shoeshiner, Paige a White teenage elevator operator.
When Rowland left his shoeshine post in downtown Tulsa on May 30, 1921, to use the nearest restroom a Black could use in those days, he had no idea that a misstep in the Drexel Building elevator would lead to the deadliest, most devastating race massacre in American history.
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Ninety-six years later, on Halloween of 2016, after six months at my new job, I was unceremoniously laid off…
Since COVID-19 became a thing in America during the spring of 2020, I’ve worn a mask in businesses that have required it. I knew I couldn’t walk into a store if I didn’t. It wasn’t a big deal. It’s still not a big deal.
However, I have not worn a mask in places and spaces that did not require it. I’ve not worn a mask outside, even when walking beside a friend or family member. Nor have they.
Aside from wearing a mask and socially distancing when required, I haven’t lived my life any differently during the past fourteen months…
Meat or No Meat: The Clash Between PETA and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
I was compelled to write this article after seeing a photograph of a billboard on Facebook that fed my fast-growing angst towards the self-righteous fervor that is sweeping the nation.
The billboard, which is located a few miles from the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, has a photograph of a cow saying the words: Oklahoma, HOME OF MEATHEAD GOV. KEVIN STITT. The billboard was paid for by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
According to PETA, the reason for the billboard is because, on March…
If I hadn’t read it, I would not believe it. I have read it, and am wondering if I was in a daze. Last week, 467 former Jeopardy! contestants collaborated on a letter that was signed and sent to the producers of Jeopardy! regarding recent contestant Kelly Donohue’s alleged racist behavior, demanding that he apologize for it and disavow white supremacy. The letter was published on Medium.
What did Donohue do that was so egregious that it compelled the former Jeopardy! contestants to team up to pen this letter? When he was introduced on day four of his three-day winning…
As many of you know, I write extensively on the topic of racism in America. But I attempt to do so while remaining even-handed, a bridge between two hostile and opposing sides.
If evidence compels me to shed light on injustice cloaked in racism, I will. However, if evidence compels me to conclude that a perceived racial injustice is not, I won’t silently pretend I’m on board when I’m not.
I believe that looking for racism under every rock can be as unhelpful and divisive as ignoring its existence. Not everything that looks and walks like a duck is a…
America Has a White Supremacy Problem, But It’s Not What You Think
On March 11, when Oklahoma high school basketball announcer, Matt Rowan, called the Norman High basketball girls team “fuckin’ niggers” for kneeling during the pre-game national anthem, he not only exposed his own racist heart but the racist hearts of many in America.
Unbeknownst to Rowan, he was speaking into a hot mic, thinking only his broadcast partner could hear him. However, by March 12, his name was littered throughout every major media outlet across the country. He became an American pariah in an instant.
Rowan didn’t merely…
On Sunday, January 17th at 9:45 a.m., I left my hotel in Branson, drove an hour south to the town of Zinc, Arkansas, headquarters of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and went to church. I went to church with the Klan.
Saturday night, falling asleep was difficult. I lied in bed, eyes open, mind racing. Should I go? Should I not? What will it be like? How will they treat me? What will people think about me for going? Fear consumed me.
1. Innocent until proven guilty only exists inside the courtroom.
2. Feelings are important; facts are meaningless.
3. Ultra-passionate supporters of a public official or cause will wholeheartedly believe everything they read or hear as long as it lines up with what they want to believe. And they will joyfully share that information with others via social media and otherwise without spending one second to find out if it’s true.
4. The flip side to that coin is that they will disbelieve everything they read or hear that doesn’t line up with what they want to believe. …
I must concede that some of these things on this list aren’t necessarily bad on their own as long as they’re not combined with many of the other things I listed. However, each thing on the list will prevent your children from the opportunity to have meaningful interaction with those of another ethnicity and may lead to them becoming racist.
Your children will become adults one day ~ no longer living under your roof of parental authority. …
Christian writer and historian, called to shine light on issues of race and reconciliation.