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How (and how not) to address racism in the church

  • As the Black Lives Matter movement and immigration concerns continue to shine the national spotlight on racism in the United States, surely church leadership shouldn’t be taking a step back.  
  • A pastoral letter from the U.S. bishops won’t solve racism. Becoming an intercultural church might.

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Please chip in, sign up and get on board <> with Evergreene Digest now!. You are needed and welcome here. May 2017 | In 1979 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a pastoral letter on racism entitled “Brothers and Sisters to Us.” It was significant because it was the strongest statement by the U.S. bishops declaring racism a sin. However, a problematic title to this otherwise dynamic document seemed to perpetuate exactly this racial “us” versus “them” the document itself was trying to alleviate. Just who is “us”? critics asked, pointing out how the title implied that the American church’s membership and leadership was of European descent. Where were the black, Asian, and Latino Catholics in the conversation? 

It’s been almost 40 years since that document, and tense race relations in the church and society have anything but subsided. Father Simon Kim, a Korean American priest and theologian who has researched racism in the church and is currently serving on the committee drafting the upcoming bishops’ document on racism, believes that the church has “taken a decline, a step back from the momentum of the ’79 document, and we’re not doing as much or anything substantial or relevant right now.” 

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Profile in cowardice: Donald Trump will take no responsibility for the wave of hate crimes he has inspired

Donald Trump; Adam Purinton; Sean Spicer (Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts/AP/Johnson County Sheriff's Office/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Any correlation between Trump's rhetoric and the hate crime in Kansas is "absurd," White House says. Really?
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Chauncey DeVega, Salon Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 The Trump administration does not believe that white supremacists are “terrorists.” As such, it recently decided to shift federal resources away from tracking them.

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican and onetime reality-TV star, believes that acts of terrorism committed by white supremacist and right-wing militias are somehow “not the same” as similar acts committed by Islamist groups such as ISIS.

These supposed distinctions did not help save Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian engineer killed in Olathe, Kansas, by Adam Purinton, a white man who apparently believed Kuchibhotla was Iranian. 

Chauncey DeVega is apolitical staff writer for Salon.

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Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from, David A. Love, The Grio / Black Commentator

  • "These dramatic changes to the White House website mirror the drastic and draconian cuts this president plans to make to the government. To sum it up, he’s getting rid of everything."
  • Censorship already begun.
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Insane Betsy DeVos Press Release Celebrates Jim Crow Education System as Pioneer of “School Choice”

It sounds like a seventh-grader wrote this, which is perhaps what happens when you put someone who has never really had a real job in charge of the Department of Education.

Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it. 28, 2017 | Donald Trump met Monday at the White House with the leaders of a number of historically black colleges and universities. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos commemorated the meeting with one of the more bonkers statements you will ever see a 21st century politician make, somehow twisting an attempt to bring up her pet issue of school choice into praise for the segregated higher education system of the Jim Crow South.

First of all, it sounds like a seventh-grader wrote this, which is perhaps what happens when you put someone who has never really had a real job in charge of the Department of Education. Second, this official 2017 federal government press release celebrates legal segregation (!!!) on the grounds that the Jim Crow education system gave black students "more options," as if there was a robust competition between HBCUs and white universities for their patronage. (When black Mississippian James Meredith chose the "option" of enrolling at the University of Mississippi in 1962, a massive white mob formed on the campus; two people were shot to death and hundreds injured in the ensuing battle/riot, during which federal marshals came under heavy gunfire, requiring the ultimate intervention of 20,000 U.S. soldiers and thousands more National Guardsmen.)

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Last Moments of the Standing Rock Protest as Police Arrest 10 'Water Protectors'

  • Part 1: #NoDAPL Live Blog: Police Arrest 10 ‘Water Protectors’ at Oceti Sakowin Camp
  • Most water protectors have left the site, turning it into a ghost town.
  • Part 2: These gut-wrenching pictures of the last moments of the Standing Rock protest will break your heart.
    • This is the end of the Standing Rock camp. For now.

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Part 1: #NoDAPL Live Blog: Police Arrest 10 ‘Water Protectors’ at Oceti Sakowin Camp A tepee burns at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, N.D. In the face of imminent ouster by government authorities, “water protectors” torched several tepees. (Donald Kaufman / Truthdig)

Most water protectors have left the site, turning it into a ghost town.

Truthdig Truthdig Editor’s note: Truthdig contributor Donald Kaufman is currently on the ground at Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota. Read previous coverage of the #NoDAPL demonstrations here. See multimedia updates via Evrybit.

Feb 22, 2017 | 1:40 a.m. PST (2/23/2017): CNN reports that 10 people were arrested in total on Wednesday, although earlier reports had stated nine had been detained. CNN also reports,

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said "the remaining 25 to 50 or protesters holding out in the Oceti Sakowin camp site will be allowed to leave without being arrested so contractors can continue cleaning up the protest site near the controversial 1,172-mile long pipeline. Those who refuse to leave will be arrested.”

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Part 2: These last moments of the Standing Rock protest will break your heart.

This is the end of the Standing Rock camp. For now.


Thu, 02/23/2017 | After a Trump administration executive order, the Army Corps of Engineers ordered protesters to vacate the camp by 2 p.m. local time on Feb. 22, 2017. Authorities were set to physically remove everyone in the way of the Dakota Access Pipeline's construction upon sacred Native American land.

“People have said their last prayers, and offered cedar to the sacred fire and are also burning these structures we have ceremonially built, so they must be ceremonially removed,” Vanessa Castle of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe told the Seattle (WA) Times.

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MLK Day 2017: Mobilizing Against Racism, Capitalism and Militarism in a Neo-Fascist Era

Dawn at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2016. (Photo: Zach Gibson / New York Times)

MLK Day has since become a day centered around a watered-down or "sanitized" telling of the life of King and the movement he was a part of. Today, many young people will be taught a warped version of history -- punctuated by King's inspiring speeches -- that overlooks the hard work of organizers. With a neo-fascist president-elect taking office in just four days, these ahistorical narratives are dangerous. 

Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, Truthout

Monday, January 16, 2017 | Coretta Scott King testified before Congress twice, in 1979 and 1982, to argue for the importance of instituting a national holiday in honor of her late husband, Martin Luther King Jr.

Pushback to the proposed holiday included conservative Democrat Congressman Larry McDonald's assertion that a recognized holiday centered around King -- a figure who both engaged in civil disobedience and openly criticized the government -- would encourage young people to foster "contempt for the law."

Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn is a Black, queer writer and organizer currently serving as a national organizing co-chair for Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). She was part of the We Charge Genocide youth delegation to the United Nations in 2014 where she testified on police violence in Chicago. Asha is committed to movements that embrace the transformative potential of a radical/Black/queer imagination towards the abolition of police and prisons.

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Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalismdandelionsalad by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

“What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967

Restoring the Promise of Public Education

  • In 1970, Dr. Virgil Belue made a decision that would lead to true racial integration in both the schools and the community of one Deep South city. Today, with schools across the country as segregated as they were half a century ago, his success has something to teach us all.
  • The Case of Clinton, Mississippi

Danielle Elliot, the Atlantic Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter .  Until 1980, Lovett School was a K-8 school serving the predominantly black neighborhoods in Clinton and the surrounding rural area. When it became part of the Clinton school system, it became the sixth-grade school for all students in Clinton.  

January, 2017 | July 28, 1970, is a date that Virgil Belue will never forget. That morning he defended his doctoral dissertation, and that afternoon he started the job that would become his legacy to generations of students and to his native state of Mississippi.

On that day, Belue became the first superintendent of the schools in Clinton, Mississippi, a district that did not exist until a few weeks before. In 1954, with the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court had declared the segregation of schools in the South to be unconstitutional. Sixteen years later, Mississippi was still in court, and it remains so today, with 44 desegregation cases still active. The fact that no one is suing Clinton can be traced to decisions that Belue began making that summer day 46 years ago, sitting alone in a nurse’s office in a district that had as yet no office for him, no budget, no school buses, no maintenance equipment, and just four weeks before students would report to school.

Danielle Elliot is a writer and multimedia producer based in New York.

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Coretta Scott King’s Scathing Takedown Of Jeff Sessions Is A Must-Read

  • She fought for the Voting Rights Act, while Sessions called it “intrusive.”
  • You can read her full testimony here.

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01/11/2017 | Author Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a scathing testimony against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) when he was being considered for federal judgeship in 1986. In a letter sent to then-Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), King wrote that Sessions “lacks the temperament, fairness, and judgement to be a federal judge” and said that his appointment “would irreparably damage the work of my husband.”


The letter was first cited by BuzzFeed on Tuesday and The Washington Post later published it in full.

Author Coretta Scott King is the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

Alana Horowitz Satlin, Assignment Editor, the Huffington Post.

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