Archive for May 2008
How To Talk To Those With Whom You Disagree
<![CDATA[ Inspired by my friend Erika and her resolution to be a living example regarding the issues she cares about, I decided to launch a personal crusade to get people to stop using the term “the race card.” Jon Sanders, Townhall columnist and conservative policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation, was the first person…Read More
Don't Just Complain, Be An Example. (Or: An Open Letter That You Can Write Too.)
<![CDATA[(Please forgive my abundant use of Title Case. I just like the way it looks sometimes.) So I was recently inspired by a post on my friend Erika’s blog, The Margins. I had just finished laying down a pretty thorough (and snarky) post on why I think the phrase “playing the race card” needs to…Read More
Stop With 'The Race Card.' It Doesn't Exist, And Here's Why.
<![CDATA[Charles “MODI” Modiano is now my new favorite columnist, because he just wrote an eloquent eulogy to a despicable term: “the race card.” His sharp analysis highlights the ridiculous double standard aimed, not only against NY Mets manager Willie Randolph, but any Black person who tries to even hint at the slightest possibility of racialization…Read More
Spurs Fans Should Be Thanking Brent Barry
<![CDATA[Because just maybe that non-call against his team, and his teammates stoic refusal to blame the refs, might galvanize a little public support for his team. Up until now, all I heard on talk radio was how much they can’t stand the Spurs, how Tim Duncan is a whiner, how Manu Ginobili is a flopper,…Read More
15 Words: Transracial Adoption
<![CDATA[ So I see a question posed in the RSS reader of my Gmail, the headline of a CNN story on transracial adoption. This being such a complicated issue, fraught with nuance and complexity… I will answer it with short, pithy phrases: Do Whites need training before parenting Black children? In one word? YES. In…Read More
Revival Services, Todd Bentley, and a Huge Load of Garbage
<![CDATA[So last weekend, Holly and I drove up to Seattle to experience a revival service at The Citadel. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of a revival service, think of it this way. A bunch of fired-up, speaking-in-tongues, lifting-holy-hands, jumping-up-and-down type Christians assemble in a church service to receive an impartation of the…Read More
One more reason to go back to Japan
<![CDATA[It’s not like I need anymore reasons. The truth is, I’ve been wanting to return to Japan for about 18 years, which is how long it’s been since I went as a high school exchange student in the summer of ’94. (Thank you, Jim Scott and Catlin Gabel.) That trip was very enlightening, full of…Read More
Much love to the SPU fam at Night of Beats!
<![CDATA[So me and my boy Jaamar — a.k.a J-MAC had the opportunity to take the stage and rock mics at the Night of Beats at Seattle Pacific University last night. Because Jaamar was standing in for Sahaan (his brother), a.k.a. Sir-1, the other official half of The Iccsters, who were featured performers. And when we…Read More
First time since when? Stop the insanity!
<![CDATA[I know that blogs like Deadspin and The Big Lead (I’m not linking because they’re popular enough not to need my click-through traffic) have made a cottage industry out of bashing ESPN at every knee-jerk opportunity. It’s not my desire to follow up on that trend. However, sometimes little things irk me. And this blog…Read More
Church Celebrity Deathmatch
<![CDATA[Skye Jethani is my new favorite columnist/blogger. If you’re wondering about the significance of my making this statement, then check out the last time I said that about someone (in that case, Eugene Robinson). This time, it was the way he nailed my frustration with the Purpose personality-driven church model. His latest piece on the…Read More