On Black Existential Absurdity

Prof. Ben Sanders remembers a childhood experience with the police in light of James Cone’s Black Theology and #BlackLivesMatter.

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On Empathy and #BlackLivesMatter

A reflection on how our comments on social media demonstrate the necessity of #BlackLivesMatter as a slogan and a movement.

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A Word for White Folks Who Want Reconciliation

Despite calls from some, James McCarty argues now is the time to work toward racial justice and not a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Watering “Strange Fruit” Trees: Flint and the Lack of Catholic Solidarity

By refusing to engage in the vulgarities of such systemic violence, particularly in our own churches, we forget our executed God, and his complete identification with those who suffer. It is about time that we get vulgar in precisely the ways our theological traditions lend themselves to. If we do not, we too are responsible for watering those trees that bear ‘strange fruit.’

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On White Supremacist Voyeurism: Reflections on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

“The problem is not that Black Lives do not matter in the United States but that Black Lives only matter as bodies reduced to objects of what I will call white supremacist voyeurism.”

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Fear of Insecurity Harms American Politics

Symposium Ethics featured contributor John E. Senior suggests that a fear of insecurity dominates the political discourse in America, stymieing justice for the underprivileged and disadvantaged.

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Podcast Episode 6 – Stand Your Ground Culture

In the sixth episode of the Symposium Ethics Podcast, host Jermaine McDonald speaks with Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas about her latest book, “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” on the one-year anniversaries of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the three-second shooting of Tamir Rice by police officers on a playground in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Symposium Ethics Podcast Episode 1

#BlackLivesMatter In the inaugural episode of the Symposium Ethics Podcast, two of the co-managing editors of Symposium Ethics, Drs. Jermaine McDonald

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“I can’t breathe … F*%! your breath!”: Christian Ethics in an Age of Police Violence

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath

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We Can’t Breathe: A Theology of the Die-In

“I can’t breathe … We can’t breathe!” These were the words that Seattle University students, staff, and faculty chanted on

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January 2015 Webcast – #BlackLivesMatter

Symposium Ethics co-editors Jermaine McDonald and James McCarty III discuss #BlackLivesMatter in a three-part webcast. January 2015

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