Racism

Christianity and Racism: Does Christianity promote racism?  Is it a “white person’s religion?”  A biblical perspective on these controversial questions.  (Probe radio series transcript.)

Church’s intolerant past not a true representation of Christianity.  Does Christianity promote racism?  Is it just for whites?  How could the faith whose founder told people to “love one another” be associated with racial oppression? (Short op-ed)

South African Confession Sparks Chilling MemoryA former South African justice official confesses to having ordering bombs planted in theaters premiering a controversial anti-apartheid film. The writer had tickets to see the film’s opening in Pretoria.  (Short op-ed)

South African Apartheid Leader’s Apology for Racial Sins. A startling example of contrition by Adriaan Vlok, former Law and Order Minister under South Africa’s apartheid regime.  Could it help inspire forgiveness and reconciliation in government, workplaces, neighborhoods and families?  (Short op-ed)

West Africans to African-Americans: “We Apologize for Slavery”. Africans make poignant apology to African Americans for their ancestors’ complicity in the slave trade. (Short op-ed)

Amazing Grace Movie: Lessons for Today’s Politicians.  Can God and politics mix?  Leaders contemplating faith-in-action would do well to look back two centuries to William Wilberforce, the famous British parliamentarian who led a grueling but inspiring twenty-year struggle to outlaw the slave trade.  (Short op-ed)

William Wilberforce and Abolishing the Slave Trade.  A profound change led this famous British parliamentarian on a path that some say cost him the prime ministership, but helped rescue an oppressed people and a nation’s character.  An inspiring story with lasting social and personal implications.  (Probe radio series transcript.)

Amazing Grace in John Newton.  This slave-trader-turned-pastor significantly impacted the eighteenth century British campaign to abolish the African slave trade.  You’ve likely heard his classic song.  Perhaps you think you know his inspiring story.  You may discover that you don’t!  (Probe radio series transcript)

A Little “Kramer” in All of Us?  Comedian Michael Richards – “Kramer” on TV’s Seinfeld – saw his racist tirade at African-American hecklers ignite a firestorm.  Lots of people have dark sides.  Maybe everyone.  Maybe you.  I do.  (Short op-ed)

Evangelicals’ Image Problem.  God should have sued Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson for defamation, says New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.  “Few words conjure as much distaste in liberal circles as ‘evangelical Christian,’” he writes.  So why does he sing evangelicals’ praises?  (Short op-ed)

Human Trafficking Movie Grabs Hearts.  Annika, a delicate young girl, has been unwittingly handed into virtual slavery by her homeless father.  Sweatshop labor and sex-for-sale portend a bleak future, unless someone intervenes.  Caden, a spoiled, rich, 20-year-old Southern California student, determines to be that someone.  Their inspiring saga in the feature film Not Today might grab your heart, too.  (Short op-ed)

Linsanity movie: hoops, hopes, Harvard, heaven.  Benchwarmer Jeremy Lin set the basketball world ablaze when he led the faltering New York Knicks to seven straight wins and helped boost them into the NBA playoffs.  The film documentary of his phenomenal rollercoaster ride – from struggling underdog to global star – will inspire you.  (Short op-ed)

John Rhys-Davies: Veteran actor with heart and conviction.  When I interviewed veteran actor John Rhys-Davies at a film premiere recently, I already knew we had several things in common.  We both understand some Swahili, studied at UK universities, and married older women.  But I was not aware of his deep concerns about two significant social issues – slavery and anti-Semitism – that also ignite my passions.  (Short op-ed)

Woodlawn movie: racial strife, football, faith.  A nation too-often tarnished by racial conflict could use an inspiring film like this.  The poignant story of NFL star Tony Nathan and how football plus faith helped bring harmony among racial enemies during his high school years in early 1970s Birmingham, Alabama.  Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are executive producers.  (Short op-ed)

Birth of a Nation movie: Freedom fighter or domestic terrorist?  Into a nation boiling with racial conflict enters a film about an antebellum Bible-quoting Virginia slave whose revolt inspires many today to counter racial oppression.  Who was Nat Turner?  What did he accomplish, and why should we care?  (Short op-ed)