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An Open Letter To White Allies

August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

Rebecca Lujan Loveless is a multi-ethnic girl from Maui, Hawaii. She lives with her husband Josh and kids Gavin, India & Kingston in Orlando, Florida. She loves writing, cooking, reading & traveling the world. Dear White People, Try, please, please try to read this post without defense. Take a deep breath and know that I am not personally attacking YOU. I don’t know you. I don’t believe you are a bad person. Talking about racism is NOT about you as an individual. In fact, I actually believe that we are all made in the image of God and that our truest selves are good, curious, compassionate people. So if you can read this while laying your armor down, I really believe that the grace in […]

Race, Inclusion, and Unity in Christ #DisunityBook

January 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

This post is my contribution to the #DisunityBook club over at the Theology of Ferguson, a personal & theological reflection on Christena Cleveland‘s Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart, specifically, CHAPTERS 9 AND 10. I dedicate this essay to Lizandra, Daisha, and Christian It was early December. Tamir Rice, a twelve year old child who had not even gone through puberty had his life taken away. Why? because like any other boy usually, he was just playing with his toy guns. The only difference was: his skin was of a different hue. This, I mind you, was following the tumultuous summer of anti-black violence by police forces, nonviolent protestors being labelled as “rioters” and “trouble-makers” by the White Supremacist media. […]

Myths, Tropes, and Narrative: The Signifigance of Story

November 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been captivated by the art of story-telling. I’ve been known to have quite a vivid imagination ( I guess I still do…?) as a child and would funnel this creative energy to conjurring some of the most bizarre, outlandish, yet charming stories for my friends, family and classmates. But children are not the only one’s who tell stories, however. I would argue that the act of story-telling has been embedded in the consciousness and minds of human kind since the earliest civilizations. From the elders to the griots (story-tellers/historians of the Malian kingdom) and everything from then on, human civilizations have been founded upon story. The Christian faith is about one grand story of a peculiar […]

Race-ing Toward Nicea part 2: Constantine, DuBois, & Lynching

April 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

                                                                                                                                    Whither, Eusebius of Caesarea? For part one see: Race-ing Towards Nicea part 1: The Incarnation I am continuing to wrestle with Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom. Simultaneously I am working through James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree and today I would like to present a potential inter-textual reading […]

African children are not your pawns: World Vision and Evangelical Imperialism

April 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

(image provided by South Park Studios) Post-Evangelicalism, White Saviorism, and PA$$ING FOR WHITE [EVANGELICAL] I’ve noticed somewhat of a trend that’s pretty problematic that I wanted to draw out. You can call this my official response to the World Vision / White Evangelicalism drama that went on last week.  At the center of the storm, there lied a Christian charity organization that decided to, then reversed on the decision, to hire Christians from denominations that affirmed same sex marriages.  The narrative goes: on one side, there’s the conservative evangelical wing and their Calvinist Popes who farewelled WV and on the other side, there’s the evangelicals who were lead to believe that evangelicalism was a Big Tent camp filled with Progressives, Emergents, and Missional folks. Both […]

In The Mail: Beyond Ontological Blackness

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The other day, I received in the mail Victor Anderson’s Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay in African American Religious and Cultural Criticism. I spent most of my afternoon today re-reading this text, and I realized how influential this text has been for me. I plan to share my thoughts on this work in the near future. RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Dispatches from Campus Ministries: White evangelicalism and Minstrelsy

February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Video Linked ^ Hot off the presses of Blue Ridge Cru Assembly everyone! That’s right, this episode of incredibly problematic PWI Christian campus ministries features a topic that is on the heart of many mainly white females that compose the group – RELATIONSHIPS! I won’t go into detail how ridiculous it is that many of them have this “genie-in-a-bottle” theology of God just granting them their prince charming in mind to be happily ever after. Suffice it to say that for many, it’s like a full time job. The issue I am pointing out the way that this video I posted is being used. I have a feeling that my own campus ministry isn’t the only instance. This video is deeply disturbing to me because […]

Just Arrived in the Mail from @IVPress: Birmingham Revolution by Ed Gilbreathe

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who Is Our Neighbor? The kind folks from Intervarsity Press have sent me a review copy of Ed Gilbreathe’s Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. I look forward to reading and reviewing this book. I did enjoy Gilbreathe’s Reconciliation Blues. Take a look at a video from IVP On Vimeo: here RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Why #Brony?: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: A Few Thoughts #MLPFIM

August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Gospel of [cutie] Mark I had decided to take a brief break from my series on White Supremacy (I still have 2 posts left) because I needed a breather. I needed an escape, but most of the shows on my DVR were just going to make me mad. I had also given up on South Park after a very troubling episode (I have my limits). So, I also needed a politically-conscious cartoon to fill the void left by Aaron McGruder‘s The Boondocks. So, two weeks ago, I began watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I had heard a lot of things: Bronies are the worst. Bronies aren’t real mean, this show is made for girls! After a few episodes, like the 3 or […]

@PBS 's #WonderWomen: White Feminist Superheroines And Invisible Women Of Color

April 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

“This post has been cross-posted from my Blerd Theologian Tumblr“ Tonight, I watched PBS’s Independent Lens’ episode entitled, Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. To be honest, this documentary played out unfortunately like a piece of white feminist triumphalism, when it really did not have to. My favorite comic writer Gail Simone said at the conclusion of that Wonder Woman was a feminist symbol of hope and inclusion. The vision for the future promoted by this text, however, was one of racial exclusion and classist & ableist propaganda. Wonder Women was not a documentary geared towards ALL American women, but specific white American women with middle & upper class privilege. Let’s go through the U.S. American history lesson we were given, shall we? […]

Joel, It'd Behoove Us To Stop Seeing Jesus As White! #TheBible @History

March 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Image originally taken from the cartoon The Boondocks and Brian Kanowsky.com “It’s not an accident that the Jesus in this History Channel special is white and speaks with a fine British accent. After all, it’s not like there aren’t plenty of actors of MIddle Eastern descent available to play these roles. That was a decision made by the producers of this program because they need ratings, they need to sell ad space, and the best way to do that is to portray Jesus, and all the other BIble heroes, in a way that is comfortable for the audience.” [….] “Without having visited your church, I feel pretty safe in assuming that if your church is located in the United States (or the West in general) […]

#WhiteHistoryClasses: Suggestions For An Alternative to Black History Month #BHM

February 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

So, this is how I feel every year in February: With the news this week of schools in a “progressive” state like New York using the bodies of dead slaves for math problems, it seemed only fitting that White History Classes trended on Twitter this week. Course names were inspired by real conversations that people have, because, who hasn’t heard the, “But when do we celebrate White History Month?” My favorite answer is, “I have no idea. Why don’t we blame Ronald Reagan!” Humorist Tracy Clayton storified some of the best of the trend, but I also wanted to share many others in the following slide: [View the story “#WhiteHistoryClasses” on Storify] #WhiteHistoryClasses A Look At Suggested Courses to Take a counter Black History Month! […]

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

February 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last night I chose to RedBox the Oscar-nominated film Beasts Of The Southern Wild. It was a bit out of my comfort zone, I usually prefer science fiction and fantasy, but I watched the movie having no idea about the plot or characters. I had heard and read so much praise for this film that I actually had my doubts it would be any good. Good thing I don’t listen to my doubts that often. BOTSW was a great film, it was well-written and well-executed overall. I don’t want to give away any spoilers for the film, but wanted to say I highly recommend it. RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Black Christians And Calvinism

January 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

Some Blog Posts of Note for the Week of January 6th, 2013 This week, blog posts on Calvinism, Reformed theology, and race (ahem, and gender) that showed up on my radar. Here are some interesting links: African Americans And Big God Theology by Jemar Tisby The Big God Lie and Why It’s Dangerously Wrong by T.C. Moore The Hole In Jonathan Edwards Holiness by T.C. Robinson Some Humans Are More Equal Than Others: Joshua Harris by Sarah Moon The Worst Book On Racial Reconciliation. Ever. By T.C. Moore Interviews with the Reformed African American Network at Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog at the TGC Our Culture Of Fear Of Different Cultures by Christena Cleveland “From a survival perspective, it is adaptive for people to stay alert to […]

This Week In #DCNation: A Nod To Black #DCComics Fans #GLTAS #YoungJustice

January 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

I have in recent years come back to being a fan of comic book culture.  Rather than fawning over and reading Marvel Comics like Spider-man and X-Men, my love of Batman and the Batfamily has grown.  But it was always there, from the moment my parents rented Batman (1989) for us on VHS.  I was a goner. I’ve also come to enjoy, thanks to friends like Josh T., Seth C. , and Optimistic Chad, the Green Lantern, Earth 2, and Fables. The DC Animated Universe is where everything is at though. It is far superior to its rivals. Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice were strong again this week, and both, interesting enough had to deal what it meant to be a person. […]

Stuff That White People Like That They Think Black People Should Like

December 9, 2012 // 15 Comments

As I was talking Optimistic Chad late last week over the phone, I made a list of things/movies/music that all white people like and assume that people of color should like, since their taste is universally holds truth. Without further ado, here is the beginnings of my list, make what you will: 1. The movie Casa Blanca 2. Everything from celtic culture, music and folktales. 3. Les Miserables (the novel and the movie versions) 4. The Count Of Monte Christo (the novel and both films) 5. The music of Kate Bush (of whom I had never heard of until last night) 6. Lady Gaga 7. The television show Glee (okay, maybe not since now people hate this show) 8. Any church hymns where sin is […]

Culture Is Costume: Penn State, Baylor, Ann Coulter & AntiMexican Racism

December 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ann KKKOULTER’S AMERIKKKA NEARS A TIPPING POINT The latest saga of on-campus racism by frightened whites has taken an anti-Mexican turn in addition to the hatred experienced by Asian American students. When people talk about the lack of power talking heads like Ann Coulter have, all one has to do is point to this week as a perfect case in point. I’m not going to link to Coulter’s racist filth, but claiming that Latino/as depend on government benefits more than their population is not only untrue, it’s really a racist stereotype, that people of color are inherently lazy and destined to be dependents on the goodness of whites (circular logic really, and really, isn’t all racist logic circular?). Step 1: Talking head: spreads nativism on […]

TV Series Review: BattleStar Galactica

July 13, 2012 // 3 Comments

A Few Random Musings on Race, Class, and NeoConservative Politics oh, and maybe that Religion and Science thing My love affair for the BattleStar Galactica world started when two years ago, when I first became a fan of its spin-off, Caprica. I know there are a few people out there that started backwards like I did, but apparently it’s a bad habit of mine (I finished Angel the spin-off of Buffy before Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  So, the following are some thoughts about my favorite episodes and characters from BSG, and what it all meant to me. Season 1: My favorite episodes were “Bastille Day,” “You Can’t Go Home Again,” and “Colonial Day.” Both “Bastille Day” and “Colonial Day” played out political dramas were very […]

Oh No's!, The Racists Are At It Again!

July 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

Birds Of A Feather Burn Crosses Together Okay, so some crazy White folks in Winfield, Alabama met yesterday, today, and will tomorrow to preach their god’s word to “the chose race” and of course, this town gets upset and holds their own non-disruptive service “open to all” right? Cuz that’s the good liberal, sentimental thing to do. I am so sick of this same story playing out over and over. Okay, for a couple of decades now, I have noticed that whenever a group of openly racist anti-Black psychos waltz into town, of course all of the town’s moderate whites and even its minority communities, will panic and complain. “We disapprove, we disapprove!” Of course, the media picks up on the dissent, and per usual, […]

Black Lightening is getting a reboot, While Marvel is Rebooting as well

July 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

You are probably wondering why I changed my AVI to another avatar with Black Lightening, only this time side by side with some blue genie like dude. Well, yesterday on Independence Day, DC Comics announced that that Black Lightening and Blue Devil are getting paired up for what looks to be like an odd-couple buddy cop super-hero experiment of 5 issues. I am excited, so this means in October my pile will probably increase by one. I am hoping for a better story than BatWing; I just have a problem with white superheroes being teleported to Africa, and then given no personality. Being an observant of pop culture, I know the odds are not in the favor of people of color, and that’s why I’ll […]

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