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A reminder: Race doesn’t exist

The curious case of Rachel Dolezal has sparked furious commentary about her deceit, her arrogance, her narcissism. But I see something more in her strange tale: a reminder that race is but a social construct. As geneticists told us years ago, there really isn’t any such thing as race. Human … Click here to continue --->

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Bigotry based on the Bible

There is nothing new about bigotry based on the Bible. I grew up under its lash. During the tumultuous days of the civil rights movement, white Southern preachers took to their pulpits to defend Jim Crow and its odious mistreatment of black citizens. They believed that God was on their side. So it … Click here to continue --->

Try to tell a 6-year-old about Selma

Television news reports have shown old video footage of the original marchers trying to make it across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The footage all ends the same way, of course: men and women beaten about the head and face, falling as the blows rain down. How do I explain that march fifty years ago … Click here to continue --->

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Fifty years after Selma

Historians refer to that day fifty years ago as “Bloody Sunday” because of the indelible images of brave men and women beaten to their knees — some knocked unconscious — as they tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It hardly seems possible, now, that they were attacked so … Click here to continue --->

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Let’s retire Black History Month

Is it already that time of year? It must be: black lecturers are busy on the speaking circuit; black authors have been pushed to the front shelves of book stores; school teachers, black, white and brown, are teaching their charges how George Washington Carver, ah, invented the peanut. It’s Black … Click here to continue --->