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By Joshua Russell The past 18 months have seen an unprecedented debate in the United States over the police and the use of force. The killing of unarmed African-Americans by police has thrust the racial tensions that many white people were unaware of or ignored into the national spotlight. Tremendous damage has been done in…

Read more The debate over “Blue lives matter” and “Black lives matter”

After last night’s massacre of nine men and women at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Ewuare Osayande, Anti-Oppression Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., published the following reflection: As Anti-Oppression Coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee, U.S., I stand with many others across this nation whose hearts are filled with grief in…

Read more Massacre in South Carolina

By Joshua Russell A recent article in the Washington Post showed a map of “the most racist parts” of the United States. This map was determined by data from Google, who had tracked the frequency of searches for a particular racial slur in media markets across the country. Markets that had a higher search rate…

Read more Mapping Racism

“No one should fan the flames of hatred nor tolerate this despicable behavior which draws from one of the ugliest periods of American history….The incidents yesterday are examples of the unfinished business of America. We cannot sweep race and racism under the rug.”