When A White Jesus Is Present

A few years back, when I was visiting my family in India, I remember my grandfather turning to my seven-year-old cousin and pointing to his arm. “Look at the color of your skin,” he said. “You are lighter than most. White is the color of God and black is the color of the devil! Make […]

I Am Black and Beautiful {Repost}

By Micky ScottBey Jones | Twitter: @iammickyjones Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2016. ______________________________ I am black and beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. (Song of Solomon 1:5) There is a word in that verse more important than the rest. It is nestled in […]

A Poem for Little Black Girls

By Rachel Meier  A note from Rachel’s mother: My daughter is Congolese-Canadian. She is 12 1/2 years old and has been deeply affected by recent events in the United States. She was frustrated that we couldn’t attend the protest in Vancouver last night, but we watched the news footage of it and other protests around […]

Pave the Way, Freedom Fighters

Dear Freedom Fighters, The ones who are out on the streets and the ones who are demanding justice and accountability. We see you. We see your grief, your anguish, your outrage, your fear. We see you show up in spite of it and because of it. We hear you say their names and refuse to […]

Decolonization Is The Boldest Love Letter I Can Write

To accept the divine invitation to decolonize is to commit to writing the boldest love letter yet. But you won’t realize this for a while. At first you will feel your spirit brewing a dangerous cocktail of rage and lament. There is so much brokenness around you—in your neighborhood, in your community, in your newsfeed, […]