Easy Racism: Donald Sterling, Cliven Bundy, and a lot of other people

Easy Racism: Donald Sterling, Cliven Bundy, and a lot of other people

It’s been a good week for those who like to be incensed. Two aging white men said some very offensive and racist things on tape and the media has showered us all with righteous anger. Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers pro basketball team, has been banned from pro ball and fined as much as possible
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Linguistic Racism

Linguistic Racism

On Saturday I was shopping at the farmer’s market, and for the entertainment of children, a magician was putting on a brief show. During the classic Cup Trick, he had everyone count the cups – “one, two, three” – and then in Spanish, French, and German. Then, “In Japanese, ….” and he added three nonsense words that
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Increasing segregation

Increasing segregation

Charles Blow lays out some statistics in his opinion piece in the NYTimes today. He focuses on the increasing segregation by class and race that US neighborhoods are experiencing, like “about 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of nonwhite Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race.” The associated infographic isn’t precisely about
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Hunger Strike at Immigration Prison

Hunger Strike at Immigration Prison

ROJ Trainer Brenda Zook Friesen has a connection to an inmate at this immigration prison, run by for-profit company GEO Group. Prisoners, detained for not having immigrations papers, are protesting deportation policies as well as inhumane conditions at the prison. A hunger strike started a couple weeks ago, peaked at 750 prisoners, with two remaining
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Story: ROJ makes an impact

Story: ROJ makes an impact

Your support of Roots of Justice makes possible the story that Dawn Longenecker tells in this video. The young adults in the Discipleship Year program that Dawn directs leave their year of service having attended ROJ’s Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training and take what they’ve learned into their next positions. As Dawn says, “It’s exciting!” Your gift of
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Link: Urban Church Plantations

Link: Urban Church Plantations

http://www.christenacleveland.com/2014/03/urban-church-plantations/ Call it “church empires,” “urban colonization,” “urban church plantations,” or “Walmart churches,” this sort of “ministry” (so-called) has been around a long time and needs to stop.

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