Idolatry of the Family

Jesus didn’t die on a God-forsaken cross to preserve your horn-rimmed vision of 1950s Americana. He did not go through hell and back to secure the keys to an exclusive gated community. And he didn’t suffer lacerations so that your nuclear family could be photographed beside the tulips in matching shiny egg-white shoes. Jesus had […]

Let Slaves Speak

The most powerful voices for justice are those who have suffered gross injustice. Drawing from my doctoral research, I have transcribed below two riveting petitions from 1774 and 1777 addressed to the Massachusetts legislature. Black slaves from Massachusetts composed both petitions in an attempt to obtain legislative relief from their institutional oppression. Please observe the […]