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The Protector of Brutality in Dallas County

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  Desperate for help back on August 1, 2015, Joseph Hutcheson parked his truck on the curb of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas, Texas and ran inside. Not long after entering around 10:24am, Hutcheson screamed, “Don’t hurt me, I just need some help.” The deputies tackled him and wrestled him to the ground. […]

Speak Their Names!

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  I struggled to garner the courage to write this piece. I am a part of a progressive world that teaches people to stay in their place or face the consequences. The difficulty of such constructions is that there are times when we all need to speak. I am a follower of Jesus and that […]

Jesus is Dead and So Are We: Eric Garner is Our Only Hope for Resurrection

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On July 17, 2014, Jesus was standing on a corner. Officers confronted Jesus. After a brief conversation, Jesus was placed into a chokehold and slammed to the ground. The last words of Jesus were, “I can’t breathe.” I don’t believe that Eric Garner lived his life as Jesus. I don’t believe any of us do. […]

Eric Garner, the Silence of White Churches and Sins of Omission

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The muffled screams of a dying 43-year-old husband, father and grandfather named Eric Garner…”I can’t breathe!  I can’t breathe!”…are absolutely haunting.  The coming silence from most white congregations in their worship services will be even more haunting.  In the silence, we will discover one of the worst kept secrets in religious life…white churches do not […]

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