A Dangerous Patriotism: What Colin Kaepernick Knows

What Kind of Patriotism are You Talking About? A recent brouhaha has broken out over the NFL players kneeling in protest during the playing of the national anthem at football games. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began this protest when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality against people … Continue reading A Dangerous Patriotism: What Colin Kaepernick Knows

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What I Didn’t Understand About Racism: White People (And Especially White Christians), We Must Change

I am white, and I am a Christian, and I believe white Christians, by and large, do not understand racism. I know I do not fully understand racism. We are a large part of the problem, and we must change. Ignorance is…Ignorance When I was growing up, I learned about the Civil War and about … Continue reading What I Didn’t Understand About Racism: White People (And Especially White Christians), We Must Change

The President’s Problem, Authoritarianism and Aggression, and How We Really Make America Great Again

President Trump suffers from significant self-loathing, although at first glance, it certainly seems like the opposite is true. Self-Loathing or Self-Love? The President constantly engages in self-seeking, self-aggrandizing behavior. Donald Trump’s presidency is an extension of the Donald Trump show. He is not so concerned about how his presidency affects the U.S. He is very … Continue reading The President’s Problem, Authoritarianism and Aggression, and How We Really Make America Great Again

On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame

When people want to dominate, control, and silence women, they shame their bodies. This is often effective. Body shame shuts down women. Why does this happen? Malignant Messages Women receive messages all the time that their worth as a person is directly tied to arbitrary standards of beauty that someone else decides for them. Women … Continue reading On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame

Peaceful Political Discussions: How Not To Be an Idiot in Five Easy Steps

Qualifications and Clarifications First, I am highly qualified to write this post because I am a recovering idiot (I will define what I mean by idiot very shortly), and I still lapse back into it occasionally. That is the most important thing to state. The second important thing to state is that idiocy is not … Continue reading Peaceful Political Discussions: How Not To Be an Idiot in Five Easy Steps

Why Everyone is Politically Correct and No One is Politically Correct: Why the Phrase *Politically Correct* is Unhelpful and Misleading

The phrase politically correct has been around for some time, but it became a dominant feature of cultural discourse this last election cycle. Donald Trump made political correctness or rather ‘anti-political correctness’ the centerpiece of his political campaign. He portrayed himself as a maverick, bucking political jargon and certain political agendas. In one of the … Continue reading Why Everyone is Politically Correct and No One is Politically Correct: Why the Phrase *Politically Correct* is Unhelpful and Misleading

Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Contemplating Power I have been contemplating power lately. Power. Our last election was a shake-up in power, and much of the political debate during the election focused on what does or does not make our country powerful. Power. We have also experienced many protests lately, and in these protests, it seems that power confronts and … Continue reading Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection