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The Verdict

I’m sitting here reflecting on the verdict that just came down for Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Guilty on all charges. Justice has been served. So why do I not feel any different? The verdict does represent justice—a form of justice. A modicum of justice. But it is not true justice. This… Continue reading The Verdict

A Renewed Imperative

The political chaos and confusion of the 2020 Presidential election clarified how some in the elite power structure of this country continue to create narratives that promote division, evoke fear, deny what is true, stifle what is progressive and discredit what is right. Baffled by tactics of oppression unchanged for over 400 years, I am… Continue reading A Renewed Imperative

Ode to Jesus Once More

Heard the voice of Jesus sayCome unto me, I am the way.Keep your hand on the plow, hold on.When my way gets dark as night,I know the lord will be my light,Keep your hand on the plow, hold on. “Hold On,” African American Spiritual (many Spirituals first sung by enslaved Africans in the United States)… Continue reading Ode to Jesus Once More

#BlackGirlMagic: On the Necessity of Resilience and Righteous Indignation

What do Vice-President Kamala Harris, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and viral immunologist leading the fight against COVID-19 Kizzmekia Corbett have in common? They’re all Black women with magnificent accomplishments—things most people do not achieve, let alone those staring down racism and sexism. As a Black woman, they inspire me, but… Continue reading #BlackGirlMagic: On the Necessity of Resilience and Righteous Indignation

When Human Evil Goes Unchecked

In September 2020 I wrote of the presence of human evil in the White House, defining its characteristics and practices from the vantage point of psychology. On December 26, 2020, illustrating from Biblical history, I wrote of the frightening prospects inherent within the final 25 days of Trump’s presidency. “It’s going to get worse,” I… Continue reading When Human Evil Goes Unchecked

What we’re reading and watching this BHM…

Especially for Black History Month, this list from the Gathering will no doubt include works that have not yet made it to your bookshelf. Here you’ll discover film, non-fiction and fiction (even sci-fi) gems to enjoy far beyond February! When Affirmative Action was White, by Ira Katznelson – “For Black History Month, I’m recommending a… Continue reading What we’re reading and watching this BHM…

everyday evil: trading safety for conspiracy…

This morning I received an email from a reader, soliciting advice from this community about a family matter deeply entwined with current events. I have permission to share it, and invite your replies. Your personal experiences, thoughts and advice are welcome… ******************* Dear Gathering, I learned last night that my cousin, a dear childhood friend,… Continue reading everyday evil: trading safety for conspiracy…

A Seismic Initiative We Can All Get Behind Right Now

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me…” (Mark 9:37) The single most valuable initiative currently under consideration in Congress concerns historic and sustainable relief for American children living in poverty. Why is almost no one talking about it? Here’s how you can get up to speed quickly… Does bipartisanship matter… Continue reading A Seismic Initiative We Can All Get Behind Right Now

Black History Month: this February—and All Year

In 1926, revered historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) initiated “Negro History Week,” which became Black History Month in 1976. Dr. Woodson chose February because it contains President Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. Dr. Woodson’s efforts countered the prevailing White dominant narrative that African Americans’ contributions were a “negligible factor” in American history (among his… Continue reading Black History Month: this February—and All Year

When Religion Sins: Evangelical Zeal and the False Gospel of Christian Nationalism

Recently, an African American friend and I were talking. She complimented me on a comment I made based on months of reading about the profound historical legacy of racial exploitation in the U.S. She remarked, “Of course we knew that, but it’s still nice to hear a white person say it.” I laughed and replied,… Continue reading When Religion Sins: Evangelical Zeal and the False Gospel of Christian Nationalism

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