The Flies Will Conquer the Flypaper

In Society/Culture by Caris Adel1 Comment

                 It is summer, and I am 11. I’m at the beach with my friends, playing in the calm waves of Lake Michigan. This water that I’ve grown up with I know like the back of my hand. I’ve seen the beaches change from year to year. I run in the dunes as …

When White Christians Support Good Cops

In Church, History by Caris Adel

How do you deal with the willfully ignorant? With those people who have good intentions, who believe that those who disagree just don’t know their hearts? Do we defriend them? Refuse to go to church with them? Exclude them? Be thankful that at least we’re not like them? Why does it matter? Why do I care so much that nice, …

An Integrated Life – Until We Solve the Problem of Sundown Neighborhoods…

In History by Caris Adel1 Comment

It’s easy to say “I’m not racist” or “I’ve never worn Klan robes, therefore I’m not a white supremacist,” but unless we dig down and examine the racial beliefs and actions we’ve grown up on, our claims are nothing more than a resounding gong. What I find hopeful about this book is the fact that race relations were created. They …

An Integrated Life – An Historical Comparison

In History by Caris Adel3 Comments

  What do we view as normal? What are some things about your life you consider normal? Is it possible we live inside a legacy that is deeply un-normal? Loewen quotes a woman from Buffalo, Illinois who says there were no African Americans in her graduating class in 1963, and no one thought anything of it, even though they were …

An Integrated Life – Sundown Suburbs = NIMBY

In History by Caris Adel5 Comments

The church’s task in each country is to make of each country’s individual history a history of salvation. -Romero, The Violence of Love   Listen to This American Life – Not It, Acts One and Three – “stories where people are facing something difficult, and they declare, no, someone else can handle it. We’ll just send this one elsewhere. This …