A Black man in a mask protesting in a crowd in Charlottsville after George Floyd’s death.
Image: Derrick Waller. Used with permission.

God calls us to lament, then love.

My dear friend recently shared a story with me. A woman she knows was bringing water to peaceful protestors demonstrating outside St. John’s Church after George Floyd’s death. Officers tear-gassed the crowd to clear these bodies so Donald Trump could get the now…

Protestors stand before a burning Third Police Precinct building in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd.
Minneapolis’ Third Police Precinct after the death of George Floyd. Photo Stephen Maturen / Getty Images.

There is a parallel between parenting and protest.

I do not mean that the parents of the world don weapons, shields, and signs and head out to maintain familial peace, leading to cries for “law and order.” We are not at war against our children.

I mean that our goal…

A head shot of Wes Bellamy at Charlottesville’s free expression chalk wall on the Downtown Mall.
Photo by Marley Nichelle. Used with permission.

It was July 8, 2016 when Dr. Wes Bellamy got married, just four months after Zyahna Bryant sent her letter to The Daily Progress and published her petition to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee Park. This was Bellamy’s first year on the Charlottesville City Council, the…

Zyahna Bryant speaking into a micriphone before the Charlottesville statue of Robert E. Lee.
Photos: Derrick Waller

My favorite image of Zyahna Bryant is one of her standing before Charlottesville, Virginia’s statue of Robert E. Lee. The 19-year-old activist seems to face it down as well as anyone who might oppose her demands to have it removed.

It began in 2016, when Bryant, then a freshman at…

Trump behind a podium at a rally, surrounded by supporters with signs.
Image from Gage Skidmore on flickr

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale has a category for some of its post-apocalyptic survivors, people living under a government that suspended and then abolished the Constitution, people oppressed by a regime that organizes its society around a human’s ability to reproduce.

She calls them “true believers,” and they are…

Why Conservatives Should Embrace the Black Lives Matter Movement

Image from James Mumford’s website. Used with permission.

Three years ago on August 12 my friend was on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Alt Right, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists as well as antifa, Black Lives Matter folk, and other antiracists gathered, clashed, and protested against each other’s…

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