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Brown Baby Jesus

I’ve found myself getting increasingly irritated at my children’s Christmas books this year. I’m this close to taking a marker to them. Not only do next to none of them portray Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as the brown skinned, Western Asian family they are – but so many of them draw Jesus with blond …

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To My Fellow White People

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. It was an insulated upbringing. My world was white. White staff at school, white classmates, white pastors at church, white friends. There was some diversity, but little enough that it was very noticeable. I never had to think about race. I fully assumed that my culture was …

PC Culture

“Gah, this PC culture!” said with an eye roll. I’ve heard it from patients, the media, my own father (love you, Dad!). It’s said as a complaint. “How annoying, this PC culture policing how I talk.” I read about an encounter just this morning: an attorney was going through security at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport …