Are We Erasing History – or Cementing It?

Are We Erasing History – or Cementing It?

The initial rush of removing Confederate statues has passed, but the cat is out of the bag and remains on the hunt. Critics of white supremacy have found satisfaction in the movement, while supporters complain that activists are out to erase history. We’ve been...
When History Was Erased in a Black Cemetery

When History Was Erased in a Black Cemetery

The nothingness surprised me. I stepped over the low stone wall and walked down the path to the river. The water of the Brazos River stood still in the summer evening, reflecting only a slightly blurred image of the I-35 bridge crossing into downtown Waco, Texas....
Confederate Statues Laud Wrong View of History

Confederate Statues Laud Wrong View of History

Charlottesville, Virginia, was buzzing in 2017 with talk about the possibility of removing Confederate monuments in the city. At first, I was ambivalent. On the one hand, I had no interest in valorizing Confederate heroes like Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall”...
As Monuments Come Tumbling Down

As Monuments Come Tumbling Down

The Black Lives Matter movement has reminded me of some ghosts in the Baptist history closet that need addressing. Our denominational tradition has some reckoning or at least revisionism to deal with as we come to terms with present realities. As I have written in the...