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Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jemar Tisby

This MLK Day, white evangelicals again have a choice to make on racial justice

By Jemar Tisby — January 18, 2021
(RNS) — Those who wish to learn from MLK’s legacy must also ask if they are willing to listen to the modern-day prophets of racial justice.

In the wake of yet more anti-Black violence: We must ‘fight the freeze’

By Jemar Tisby — May 28, 2020
(RNS) — I'm numb. The kind of numb that doesn't mean you can't feel anything but that you feel all the things at once and don't know how to name it or what to do about it.

Ahmaud Arbery died for the indefensible principle of white control

By Jemar Tisby — May 8, 2020
(RNS) — The presence of a black body has long been deemed a threat to be contained rather than a neighbor to be loved. 

What did church teach white students posing with guns in front of Emmett Till marker?

By Jemar Tisby — August 2, 2019
(RNS) — What if those young men had been deeply educated by their church about race and racism?

Why white nationalism tempts white Christians

By Jemar Tisby — May 1, 2019
(RNS) — Too often Christian individuals and institutions act as if general statements condemning bigotry and saccharine assertions of racial and ethnic equality are sufficient to combat white nationalism. They are not.

White evangelical support for Trump comes from churchgoers, not EINOs

By Jemar Tisby — March 19, 2019
(RNS) — A common rebuttal to stats showing the loyalty of Trump's base is that these voters are EINOs (Evangelicals in Name Only). A new Pew report tells a different story.

Christian leaders, time to check your own yearbooks for past racist actions

By Jemar Tisby — February 11, 2019
Pastors should not wait for their racist past to be exposed before they deal with it.

How can one person take us closer to racial justice? These three bywords will help

By Jemar Tisby — January 21, 2019
(RNS) — Christians must undertake courageous and urgent action to correct historic wrongs and their ongoing ramifications.

Report on slavery is only a start for Southern Baptists’ reckoning with racism

By Jemar Tisby — December 14, 2018
(RNS) — A new report detailing the history of slavery and racism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary ends more than 50 years too soon.

How to talk about racism in the church without becoming bitter

By Jemar Tisby — November 14, 2018
(RNS) — Unfortunately, many predominantly white Christian outlets and organizations prove extremely hostile to any anti-racist messages. But those particular places do not represent the church as a whole.

How Howard Thurman can help Christians heal their political divides

By Jemar Tisby — October 16, 2018
(RNS) — In our current political morass, we need to constantly remind ourselves that Christians, and their politics, should bring relief and flourishing to those whom the world counts as the least.

Battle lines form over social justice: Is it gospel or heresy?

By Jemar Tisby — September 6, 2018
(RNS) — In the current social climate some Christians have called for new movements to fight the marginalization of minorities and the poor as an expression of discipleship. But others see calls for social justice as a distraction from the gospel. 

James Cone, the cross, and the lynching memorial

By Jemar Tisby — April 30, 2018
(RNS) — James Cone refused to assign any authenticity to a religion that claimed to be Christian but did not address the liberation of black people from white supremacy.

Is Reformed theology for black people?

By Jemar Tisby — October 31, 2017
(RNS) — Given the history of slavery and racism practiced by white Reformed Christians, black people are an unlikely group to identify as Reformed. But that doesn't mean it didn't resonate.
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