racism

Anthea Butler

Academics are under attack. Conservatives are trying to undermine free speech.

The release of the professor watchlist, purporting to expose professors who discriminate against conservative students, is anything but that. I should know: I’m on it. As one of a handful of religion professors in the US who study, write and teach about conservative Christianity and politics, I am all too aware of the real meaning …

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Sad Black Woman

THE FIRE THIS TIME

Three years ago this month, I wrote about America’s racist god. As a result of the threats I received, I had to move from a place I loved. I got used to being called a nigger, and to having my university and department faculty barraged by white racists calling for me to be fired. Three years …

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Racist God

AMERICA’S RACIST GOD

The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of …

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The Roots

Watching the new ‘Roots’ to learn more about slavery.

The new version of “Roots” that aired this past week was an important reminder of the degradation and brutality experienced by enslaved Africans in America. While the violence, rape and murders depicted in “Roots” shocked many viewers, the graphic miniseries helped underscore the real costs of slavery, the humanity of the enslaved and the depravity …

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