Upon the dismantling of slavery, the economic system that build this country financially and literately by the hands of those enslaved, Reconstruction began. With Reconstruction came some long hard-fought wins regarding African Americans earning seats in the state legislatures with … Continue reading The Urgency of Now!
“Why should you take by force that from us which you can have by love? Why should you destroy us, who have provided you with food? What can you get by war?. . . What is the cause of your … Continue reading The Cure for GRT Paranoia is Metanoia – Part 1
In their book, Taking America Back for God, sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry define Christian nationalism as “a cultural framework – a collection of myths, traditions, symbols, narratives, and value systems – that idealizes and advocates a fusion of Christianity with American civic life.” Continue reading What’s Unchristian About Christian Nationalism?
“Building the Bridge Together” was the aspirational mantra for Accord1, i.e., accord1.wordpress.com, my initial foray into the online communication world. At its inception in 2011, I was trusting in existing systems, highlighting “The Church” to be the mechanism to accomplish this … Continue reading Building Bridges not Walls
By Joel A. Bowman, Sr. Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees, Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulgin’ … Continue reading Why White Christians Must Learn About Lynching
“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” Fredrick Douglass Blackout: The effort to systematically erase memories of national history. This February, during Black history month, classrooms across the country are at risk … Continue reading The February Theme is entitled Blackout.
By Joel A. Bowman, Sr. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” These are the often-repeated words of Spanish philosopher, George Santayana. They are simple, yet profound. However, it is clear that many Americans are currently … Continue reading Whitewash: The Suppression of America’s Racist History
When I was a librarian, we had a number of parents that would request one-on-one tutoring for their child who was struggling with reading for one reason or another. Our Children’s Librarian happily created space to do this in her … Continue reading Blackout Books
It’s 11:59 PM; revelers dot the avenues in each of the well-known and obscure taverns and watering holes. What’s the occasion, Marti Gras, the Superbowl celebrations? It could be, or it may be, it’s just another ordinary Saturday night in … Continue reading Admit it, Quit it, But for God’s Sake Don’t Forget it