Demanding Obeisance to White Culture Is Racism: Code Switching, AAVE, and Double Consciousness

by John Ellis Growing up in the Deep South, I was surrounded by racism, including in my own heart, words, and actions. I was taught that Black people were “those people,” different and damaging to the fabric of our way of life if allowed free rein to be Black. It wasn’t stated in those words, … Continue reading Demanding Obeisance to White Culture Is Racism: Code Switching, AAVE, and Double Consciousness

A Call for a National Day of Prayer for Undocumented Migrants Who Are Being Persecuted by Donald Trump

by John Ellis The White House has called for today (Sunday, 11/1) to be a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Immigrants, 2020”. The proclamation, an obvious ploy to shift the topic of conversation on the eve of the election, which you can read by clicking here, is signed by Donald Trump. … Continue reading A Call for a National Day of Prayer for Undocumented Migrants Who Are Being Persecuted by Donald Trump

Systemic Racism Is a Millstone Around Our Collective Necks

by John Ellis Many white evangelicals in America approach systemic racism with the perspective of innocent until proven guilty. For them, 21st century America cannot be condemned a priori without evidence that systemic racism is codified in the here and now. For the record, I believe that that evidence exists; many others have written eloquent … Continue reading Systemic Racism Is a Millstone Around Our Collective Necks

As In Heaven: A New Podcast on Christian Conversations on Race and Justice

by John Ellis Not only are race and justice topics that are intertwined, they're topics that are on the forefront of many conversations happening online, in person, and in our local churches. Questions about racism, social justice, Black Lives Matter, and how Christians are to respond to these discussions and, more importantly, how we can … Continue reading As In Heaven: A New Podcast on Christian Conversations on Race and Justice

Rethinking Mount Rushmore During the National Debate Over Monuments

by John Ellis When I was a kid, my family had a book promoting the national parks. I don’t remember the exact year it was published (I would’ve looked it up, even as a kid), but based on the photos and words that I can still see and read in my mind, the book was … Continue reading Rethinking Mount Rushmore During the National Debate Over Monuments

Systemic Racism Is Exhausting, But Not for Me

by John Ellis With the very first sentence of her powerful book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness Austin Channing Brown confesses, “White people can be exhausting.” No doubt, the responses from many white people to that short sentence only serve to underscore Brown’s admission. I must admit, I’m not … Continue reading Systemic Racism Is Exhausting, But Not for Me

‘Dixie Highway’ and the Lingering Disgrace of Confederate Monuments

by John Ellis In a recent expose, The New York Times calls into question the validity of allowing stretches of roads in Florida to retain the name “Dixie Highway.” The highway system was originally envisioned in the early 20th century as an ambitious project to connect Chicago with Miami. As more states became involved, the … Continue reading ‘Dixie Highway’ and the Lingering Disgrace of Confederate Monuments

The Gospel’s Relation to Social Justice and Mercy Ministries

by John Ellis I wrote and posted this article on my previous blog a few months ago (October 2019). It’s a topic that continues to concern me. And it’s a topic that exists within a larger cultural framework that prioritizes this earthly kingdom’s concerns over that of the Eternal Kingdom’s concerns. During a long phone … Continue reading The Gospel’s Relation to Social Justice and Mercy Ministries

Truth Matters: The Margaret Sanger Myth

by John Ellis In an article published by The Atlantic, Jonathan Haidt argues that social media has circumvented the societal and political checks our founding fathers folded into the warp and woof of this country to guard against the worst excesses of democracy. Best known as the co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind, … Continue reading Truth Matters: The Margaret Sanger Myth