[NEW] A Last Will and Testament: The Freedom Riders' enduring legacy [JustSouth E-News, July 2014]
By Alex Mikulich, Ph.D.
At a time when there seems to be deepening conflict over the meaning of freedom, I invite readers to take the opportunity this Independence Day to reflect upon the sacrifices made by the Freedom Riders in 1964. The Freedom Riders teach us about the deep yearning of African Americans for the full human flourishing of everyone.
Take the example of Diane Nash, one of the student leaders trained in nonviolence under the tutelage of the Reverend John Lawson at Fisk University in 1959-1960. Alongside John L. Lewis, among others, Nash helped lead the nonviolent sit-ins in Nashville in early 1960. MORE>>
[NEW] The Monstrous Elegance of White Supremacy [JustSouth Quarterly, Summer 2014]
By Alex Mikulich, Ph.D.
"Meanwhile, racism, elegant, lovely, monstrous, carries on." So concludes The Atlantic essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates in his incisive analysis of overt racism by the rancher Cliven Bundy and the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, Donald Sterling.
The deeper problem concerns what the heralded Canadian Jesuit theologian Bernard Lonergan describes as cultural bias. Lonergan asks: "How, indeed, is the mind to become conscious of its own bias when that bias springs from a communal flight from understanding and is supported by the whole texture of civilization?" MORE>>
An Introduction to Race, Racism, and Whiteness
By Dr. Alex Mikulich
Over 100 years ago, in his introduction to The Souls of Black Folk, W.E. B. Du Bois wrote: “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” Despite claims that we live in a “post-racial” society after the historic election of Barack Obama, the fact remains that the color line and racial hierarchy endures in the 21st century. At issue for the Jesuit Social Research Institute, from the perspective of Roman Catholic social teaching and thought, is the persistence of disproportionate advantage for white Americans in relationship to pervasive and persistent disproportionate disadvantage for people of color in every sphere of life including health, wealth, income, education, housing, and the criminal justice system. More than one issue among others, the contradiction between Gospel values and practices of racial inequality is scandalous. The contradiction between Roman Catholic and American claims for universal human dignity and equality, and the reality of social, political, and economic advantage that white Americans consciously and unconsciously accept and assume, betrays this scandal. This article continues here.
2013-14 Articles on Racism:
The Monstrous Elegance of White Supremacy -- Mikulich
Six Myths of Payday Lending -- Mikulich
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Becoming Maladjusted for the Beloved Community-- Mikulich
Marching for Racial Justice in Contemplation and Protest-- Mikulich
The Gift of W.E.B. Du Bois and Double-Consciousness--Mikulich
ARCHIVED ARTICLES ON RACISM:
Thomas Merton’s “Letters to a White Liberal”--Mikulich
A Victory for Democracy: Americans repudiate voter suppression, racism--Mikulich
Race and the 2012 Presidential Election--Mikulich
The Real Fraud in “Voter Fraud”: How so-called reform laws aim to disenfranchise voters -- Mikulich
The Payday Shark in Your Bank Account -- Mikulich
Changing the Script: A Starting Point for Reducing Gun Violence--Mikulich
Stop Casting Stones: The Failure of Punitive Crime Policy--Mikulich
No Relief in Sight: Persistent High Unemployment for African Americans and Latinos in Gulf South States -- Mikulich
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