The Time for Pious Words is Over

The Time for Pious Words is Over

At the end of each message sent from my personal email account is a quote from South African liberation theologian Allan Boesak that I have appropriated for the title of this column. Boesak’s statement, “The Time for Pious Words is Over,” is part of the title of...
The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The formerly enslaved population of the U.S. was given no land, no property, no money. They received no restitution for deprivations they had been forced to endure under the “rule of law” – neither have their more than 30 million descendants. The nation that...
The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 1

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 1

I am one of the more than 30 million descendants of American slavery. Our enslaved ancestors were shipped, sold, robbed, maimed, raped, murdered and otherwise wronged from 1619, when a Dutch ship named the White Lion arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, until slavery was...