Tag: Race


Suing Over White Jesus

In the category of “you can’t make this up, but wish you were” comes the story of Manhattan author, Justin Renel Joseph who is suing the Metropolitan Museum of Art, demanding that they remove “racist” paintings that depict Jesus as a fair-haired Caucasian. Specifically, the plaintiff seeks the removal of four works of art for “offensive aesthetic whitewashing” – itself a rather ironic term in this particular case – and the “extreme case of discrimination” created by their presence. Mr. Joseph contends that the presence of such works of art create stress,......

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Student Activism at Yale: Rethinking What Is Worthy of Our Outrage

Are you following the drama of the costume scandal transpiring at Yale University? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry but something is off on our campuses. Here is the story in a nutshell. Thirteen Yale administrators co-signed a pre-Halloween letter, advising students on how to dress for Halloween so as not to offend their fellow students. The committee’s email acknowledged that students “definitely have a right to express themselves,” but hoped they would “actively avoid those circumstances that threaten our sense of community or disrespects, alienates or ridicules segments of......

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Sounding the Alarm in America: The Legacy of Ferguson

Originally published last year on The Wisdom Daily, this piece remains acutely relevant as we approach one year since the fatal shooting on August 9, 2014, of Michael Brown: In the summer of 1982, I went looking for a new apartment in St. Louis (I lived and served as a rabbi there until 1987, making lifelong friends). There were many nice things about the area – the Arch, the Cardinals, Washington University, the Symphony – but race was not one of them. My introduction to the problem of race in St. Louis......

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Video: Why We Should Ratchet Down the Ferguson Story

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Unrest continues to simmer in Ferguson, Missouri since the August 9th shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. We privilege rage over sadness to all of our peril. And we confuse imposing order with building peace between members of different communities. Watch more of my commentary below: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. To view more of Brad’s Faith on......

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The Sterling Decision - Was Racism Addressed?

Working with remarkable speed and efficiency, but perhaps with more limited wisdom, the NBA is fining Donald Sterling $2.5 million, barring him from further contact with his team, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that he would “do everything in (his) power” to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. Really? Don’t get me wrong, Sterling said some pretty gross and hurtful things, and I believe in consequences. I am just not so sure about these.? Here’s why: 1. What leverage is there for a guy to pay a fine when he already......

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Santa Is White, Really!

You can’t make this stuff up. FOX News’ Megyn Kelly reassured her viewers that Santa really is white. At first, at least, it sounds nuts. Where to begin? The claim that a mythic figure is “really” anything? Ms. Kelly’s need to reassure people that a much loved icon could be anything other than white? It really is hard to know where to begin. And then I wonder, if in addition to those serious questions about the sanity and ethics of Ms. Kelly’s assertions, something quite sane and more than a......

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