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. …
The Alarming Rise and Destructiveness of Cognitive Dissonance
Democrats: If concrete evidence came to light before Inauguration Day that Joe Biden won the presidential election via voting fraud, would you care? Would you be fine with President Trump getting four more years as your President if it was proven that he legitimately won the election?
Your answer to these questions will reveal whether your core principles are steadfast or flimsy.
Your answer will determine if you are exhibiting cognitive dissonance. Here is the definition as provided by the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica:
Cognitive dissonance, the mental conflict that occurs when…
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He (Jesus) said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” …
How Value Assessment Leads to All Kinds of Evil
While the Three-Fifths Compromise didn’t exactly mean what most people today think it meant, namely, that African American slaves were regarded as three-fifths of a person, the actual assessed value of all African Americans by most White Americans of that time was much less than that.
In 1787, eleven years after America’s birth and the year that the Three-Fifths Compromise was instituted at the Constitutional Convention, White Americans didn’t value slaves or any African American as three-fifths of a person; they didn’t value them as persons at all. Zero-fifths.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
This is our current Pledge of Allegiance ~ the fourth iteration since the original.
If you’d like the truest depiction of the current state of our country, I’ve replaced a few words.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag, of the Divided States of America, and to the Autocracy for which it stands, one Nation, without God, divisible, with liberty and justice for all.
My use of autocracy is hyperbolic…
Christian writer and historian, called to shine light on issues of race and reconciliation.