Jemar Tisby is an author at Religion News Service.
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What the Tennessee GOP did is legislative terrorism
By Jemar Tisby — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — Expelling two young Black lawmakers was intended to instill fear, but it backfired.
Professor Joeckel on why his contract, teachings on racial justice are ‘under review’
By Jemar Tisby — February 20, 2023
(RNS) — An incident at Palm Beach Atlantic University is the latest salvo in an increasingly high-stakes conflict over teaching about race in higher education.
How faith leaders are responding to Jackson’s water crisis
By Jemar Tisby — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'Churches throughout the city of Jackson across denomination, class and race have engaged in water distributions at their churches or by giving water away in other ways,' said C.J. Rhodes, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church.
Will my book be banned?
By Jemar Tisby — January 26, 2022
(RNS) — The power of books to create new realities for readers makes banning books particularly heinous.
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.
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