Susan K Smith

The Confederate Flag, Fear, and a Woman Named Bree Newsome

by Susan K. Smith  Ten days after Dylann Roof murdered eight people and their pastor at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Bree Newsome traveled to Columbia, the state capital, intent on shaking the smug complacency of white supremacy.  She had had enough, long before the tragic murders at the church, but this incident …

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Weak from the start

As slavery continued to thrive in the United States, slave traders, many of whom called themselves Christian, participated in the business of selling human beings. As the economy of the South was growing, more and more labor was needed, and so many enslaved Africans who lived north of the deep South were sought as laborers …

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“True Christians”

Americans have never had a monolithic view of Jesus, nor have they had a monolithic understanding of what Christianity is. In fact, so-called liberals and conservatives are miles apart when it comes to race. While it does not seem to be the case that evangelical conservative Christians are all Christian nationalists, what is clear is …

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