Well, it’s the end of February. It’s the end of Black History Month. And for many people, white and black, “the end” couldn’t have come sooner. In fact, many wish there would be an end to even mentioning black history in this country at all. “Why,” I hear irritated Americans ask, “why do you have… Read More America’s Denial of Black History
At first, it didn’t hit me. It was the holiday season; Christmas was fast approaching, and retailers wanted profits. So, three or four days before Christmas, some of them announced that they would keep their doors open, extend their hours, to accommodate shoppers. Kohl’s would be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Macy’s would… Read More What America Values
“If profit is your only metric, man, where …do people stand?” David Simon, a reporter, author and television producer, asked that, and says that in America there was a class war between the working class and the rich …and that the working class lost. His words stunned me. There is something about hearing stark truth… Read More Two Americas
It is very hard to understand why any politician would be opposed to paying people a living wage – meaning, a wage that would allow them to live with dignity as opposed to living as virtual slaves to an unfair economic system. It is clear that capitalism and democracy are not one in the… Read More Who Cares for the Poor?
There are some things we just don’t think about. Susan Thistlewaite, Chicago Theological Seminary professor, author and scholar, gives some sobering information in her latest book, Occupy the Bible. She says that we ought to read the Bible from the perspective of the homeless, the hungry, the economically stressed. It was from their perspective that… Read More What Does the Bible Say, Really?