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The Root of the Matter

As the news of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a white South Carolina police officer, Michael T. Slager, found its way to social media outlets, people lamented and praised: lamented for the death of another Black person who was killed by the State and praised North Charleston’s swift response to charge the now-dismissed Slager with murder.

Just as the festering sores of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Anthony Hill were starting to develop a crusty sore over them, the nitpicking of not-quite-healed painful scabs was ripped off by a not-too-patient society that is insistent on inflicting psychological, physical, and social pain on its Black and Brown citizens. Continue reading


The Art of Storytelling

Throughout history, stories have been told and retold for many reasons, but namely, so that the happenings, occurrences, and movements surrounding a group of people can be recorded and remembered.

I remember my Old Testament TA, Parker Diggory, saying something about storytelling that I’ll never forget:

History is always told by the victor.

Whoever wins the battle, whoever has the upper hand, whoever is the one in the position of power has the ability to not only tell a story, but manufacture, reconfigure, and shape the way a story is told.

Being a storyteller is a powerful, powerful position. Continue reading

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Cleanin’ Up Christmas

Alisha L. Gordon:

I wrote this piece on the “cleaning up of Christmas” this time last year. I think it bears repeating: “We are meticulous in repainting the picture to make it look presentable to the world. How useful could someone who has been rejected, broken, and born into a manger really be?”

Originally posted on Find The Pieces:


Recently, I began reading the book Christmas is not Your Birthday by Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, as a part of an Advent small group series hosted by Impact Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The five-chapter book explores the idea of shifting the focus of Christmas from a me-me-me experience to one that gives-gives-gives to those who are in need. I could run the list of great points Pastor Slaughter presents about the commercialization of Christmas, but this blog is about something much more important.

The “cleaning up of Christmas,” or as Mike Slaughter puts it, “sanitizing” Christmas takes a look at our insatiable need to recreate the Christmas story into something it was not. This idea of sanitizing Christmas runs the gamut of images, new and old: there’s this peaceful, purified nativity scene, equipped with a modestly dressed Mary, an ever loving Joseph, and a manger, though full of…

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