July 13th, 2015 | What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and this wonderful quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.
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A couple weeks ago, I was debating what I was going to talk about in this sermon. I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day.
Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race.
You see, I don’t talk about race with White people. To illustrate why, I’ll tell a story.
John Metta: Some of the creative excuses I enjoy include working as a software developer, keeping my twins from killing themselves, spending too little time with my beloved wife, making cider, taking long walks, drinking tea, drafting silly bios for websites, and various other pursuits that don't actually involve writing.
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Series | Considering the Problem of Race in America, Part 9: Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism, George Yancy and Noam Chomsky, The Stone / New York Times
This is the ninth in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Noam Chomsky, a linguist, political philosopher and one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, “On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare,” with Andre Vltchek.