The Slave, the Foreigner, and the Compassion of Israel

photo credit In the providence of God, he allowed his people to experience an extended period of slavery. This slavery was no passing trial to be endured and forgotten. It marked them and undergirded their ethical reasoning. God called upon his people to remember: Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels … Continue reading The Slave, the Foreigner, and the Compassion of Israel

The Scholarly Conference and the Souls of Black Folk

  The Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,— a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at … Continue reading The Scholarly Conference and the Souls of Black Folk

We are all Witnesses: Planned Parenthood, Eric Garner (Et al.), and Life in the Age of Footage

Ask the athletes, and they will tell you. The camera disabuses us of false perceptions of grandeur. Years ago, I scored the sole touchdown of my sixteen years of football. It was my first game back after three torn ligaments threatened to derail my career and close off any route to higher education. Ranging the … Continue reading We are all Witnesses: Planned Parenthood, Eric Garner (Et al.), and Life in the Age of Footage