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Race & Religion

Why Reform Jewish leaders support H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Deitra Reiser, Hannah Goldstein, and Sarah Bassin — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — If we wish to redeem the soul of America, our efforts at earnest truth-telling must result in equally serious attempts to provide redress for past and ongoing harms through reparations.

Rolling Stone’s publisher planned to convert a Black church into his home, but residents fought back to preserve it

By Alejandra Molina — July 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'We just could not allow it to fall into the hands of someone who didn’t have the religious respect of the community,' said Naomi Nightingale.

Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

By Peter Smith — July 23, 2021
(AP) — The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted calls for a reckoning over similar schools in the United States.

Room for 10,000: Inside China’s largest detention center

By Dake Kang — July 22, 2021
DABANCHENG, China (AP) — This site suggests that China still holds and plans to hold vast numbers of Uyghurs and other minorities in detention.

Proud Boys leader pleads guilty for burning church’s Black Lives Matter banner

By Kathryn Post — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Enrique Tarrio pleaded guilty to two charges on Monday, including one involving the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C.

Promise Keepers says it has changed. The times have changed more.

By Roxanne Stone — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — An organization once committed to a post-political future has reemerged into a culture entrenched in a bitter partisan battle.

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The resolution’s approval ‘set the tone’ for the United Church of Christ’s Special Edition General Synod, which runs through Sunday (July 18).

Gordon-Conwell seminary alumni and staff protest loss of Black professor

By Adelle M. Banks — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We understand that these are times of tight finances, but as Scripture says that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also,’ wrote his supporters.

Game changer: How mahjong helped Jewish and Asian Americans overcome racism

By Menachem Wecker — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Today, a new book on mahjong and its cultural journey in the US suggests that there is much to learn from the game’s history, particularly how to put the rising anti-Asian and anti-Jewish hatred of our time in context.

Don’t believe in systemic racism? Let’s talk about the sexual revolution.

By Karen Swallow Prior — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — One need not embrace critical race theory to recognize that systemic racism exists.

Descendants of enslaved people join dig on former Jesuit plantation

By Renée Roden — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — Vickie White Nelson, 49, has deep roots in southern Maryland. Her ancestor, Regis Gough, was enslaved there on a plantation owned by Jesuits.

AME Church bishops address COVID-19, critical race theory as major meeting opens

By Adelle M. Banks — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We acknowledge the current controversy around Critical Race Theory and acknowledge that healing can only begin when the traumas of the past are recognized,’ the bishops said.

Patriot games: CRT, Christian nationalism and a battle for the real truth of America

By Danté Stewart — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — It is what whiteness has worshipped in its own identity that has many believing critical analysis of race, racism and power is a threat to their faith and their country rather than a pathway to liberation and love.

Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ documentary captures emotions of 1969 Harlem music fest

By Adelle M. Banks — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Artists and experts interviewed and featured between the documentary’s clips of festival footage agreed that gospel’s role went beyond mere music.
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