Without an intervention, the institution created to limit democracy for some is a threat to democracy at large.

A jolt from the gut startles him awake; he is gasping for air. He’d spring up in bed to inhale if he could, but some invisible weight on his chest keeps him pinned to the mattress.

Panic courses through his body from crown to gut, and he fears the Grim Reaper has slid into the room like a referee from one of those wrestling shows to give the three-count. …


It’s time to add systemic change to your symbolic actions.

It seems no one wants to be caught dead without a protest selfie amidst this global wave of antiracist protests. People don’t just want to make sure they were among the marchers, they want you to see that they were there.

This is probably because, organizer Jonathan Smucker explains, many people participate in activism in a similar way that people engage in fashion: namely, many people are more interested in signaling their values to their peers than in obtaining a tangible political objective.

They want you to see them saying…


Why the riots in response to the murder of George Floyd could be a productive part of the movement for Black Lives.

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There’s a white American proverb about violent protests that goes something like this: “What good will it do?”

As surely as the sun will rise, viral footage of any violent protest concerning race will inevitably lead to some virtue signaling about nonviolence. …


“I can’t breathe,” he pleaded. For several minutes, George Floyd lie handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck.

“Please,” he begged. The officer wouldn’t relent. By the time an ambulance arrived at the scene, Floyd was unresponsive.

As much of the nation erupts in outrage about these latest episodes of anti-Black violence, many are asking “what do I do?” They want to know how to make the killings stop.

But the truth is that murders like Floyd’s will never truly become a relic of the past until the U.S. …


This white woman’s 911 call shows that antiblack violence was not about fear, but skill.

**content warning: the n-word lurks below**

Amy Cooper doesn’t want us to think she made an attempt on a Black man’s life this week. “I’m not a racist,” she told CNN. “I did not mean to harm that man in any way."

The video footage of the encounter tells a different story.

Christian Cooper (a Black man of no relation) confronted Amy, who is white, for allowing her dog to go about unleashed in an area of New York City’s Central Park where leashes are…


The murder of Ahmaud Arbery proves White supremacy’s superiority complex is lethal

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Ahmaud Arbery was considered a trespasser from the day he was born. That racist notion ultimately caused his death.

The 25-year-old man went for a run one February Sunday afternoon near Brunswick, Georgia, as was his custom. That Sunday, his route took him past the home of Travis McMichael, whose father Gregory had been standing in his front yard. Unbeknownst to him, the McMichaels armed themselves with a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, and set off after Arbery.

Moments later, Arbery heard a voice call after him. The voice demanded, “Stop, stop, we want to talk with you!” Arbery…


They don’t want forgiveness. They want to be excused.

Sammie L. Berry invites questions after making a statement at the press conference following the funeral service for Botham Shem Jean at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ. Photo: Stewart F. House/Getty Images

“But the trouble is that what we call ‘asking God’s forgiveness’ very often really consists in asking God to accept our excuses… There is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing.”

— C.S. Lewis

Some have called it “the hug heard round the world.” Just moments after former police officer Amber Guyger was handed a 10-year prison sentence for the murder of Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was shot while eating ice cream at home, she was embraced by her victim’s brother.

“If you truly are sorry — I know I can speak for myself…


They’re not against us, but not for us either. The difference between the two is clearer in the abstract.

These were angry tears. After only three months at what I’d imagined would be my dream job at the largest Christian media company serving millennials in the U.S., I’d determined, in tears, there was no way I could stay there indefinitely. I promised myself, after that meeting, I’d quit once I’d completed a year at the company.

Just a few hours before, the editorial team at RELEVANT Media Group gathered in the bullpen for our weekly content meeting.

The purpose of…


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Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt (Exodus 22:21).

During my first visit to New York City I happened upon a street preacher. He was a middle-aged black man with a full salt and pepper beard, dressed in a tunic that was too short to hide his baggy jeans and Timberland boots. …


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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

On that day no one in your household may do any work…For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. (Exodus 20:10-11).

Black and Beautiful

In one of his lesser known and important speeches Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says:

Somebody…

Andre Henry

Writer, speaker, & musician contending for a world without racism.

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