Category Archives: Michael Brown

Four Little Girls

Every year, since 2012, I have posted this piece I wrote.  In light of today’s racial unrest, particularly from the campaign trail, we need to hear these words more today than  ever. By Vince Gonzales, September, 2012   Four little … Continue reading

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Churches Uniting In Christ Responds to Violence in Orlando and Multiple Police

In June and July of this year, Churches Uniting In Christ has responded to the pandemic of gun violence that has rocked our Nation.   Churches Uniting in Christ is a covenant relationship among eleven Christian communions that have pledged to … Continue reading

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A Few Bad Apples

Yesterday afternoon, I was on the streets of Fort Worth, interviewing homeless men and women regarding one of my cases. The topic of the police came up and I made a comment about how I assumed the homeless in that … Continue reading

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Liberty and Justice for All Initiative

Today, in Washington D.C., the Liberty and Justice for All Initiative wrapped up a conference at which churches have been asked to make  racism and racially-motivated violence a thing of the past. With that in mind, I stood before my … Continue reading

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There is a Balm in Gilead

I am heartbroken by the events this week at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. For too long, we have seen incidents which have inflamed our communities of color. Police shootings in Ferguson, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Salinas, and Dallas … Continue reading

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Hard lessons learned the hard way.

A couple of months back, I wrote a blog piece entitled “The Binding of A.J.” In that piece, I mentioned that the white parent of a bi-racial parent may not understand the bias, overt and implicit, that a child may … Continue reading

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The Binding of A.J.

Last year, during one of our Sunday morning services, I was asked to read the story of the Binding of Isaac with my then 8-year-old son. While in the course of the scripture reading, I unexpectedly became overwhelmed with emotion. … Continue reading

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Will We Overcome?

In keeping with the promise made at our meeting of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force, a vital part of Churches Uniting in Christ, it was decided to start sharing our stories of racial and social injustice each of us have experienced.  Here … Continue reading

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Kumbaya

A few weeks back, while attending the Dallas Faces Race Conference, The Reagon family, Bernice Johnson and Toshi, spoke about the phrase “Kumbaya moment.”  If there was ever a time for a Kumbaya moment, it is now. Not the pejorative … Continue reading

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On Michael Brown and Darren Wilson

After the announcement of the St. Louis County Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for his culpability in the shooting death of Michael Brown, much will be said, written and tweeted concerning whether justice has been served in this case. … Continue reading

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