Phillipe Copeland is author of the blog, "Baha'i Thought" which offers commentary on issues of religion, society, and culture based on the teachings of the Baha'i Faith. "Baha'i Thought" received a 2010 "Award of Excellence in Internet Communication" from the Religion Communicator's Council, a "Best of the Web" award from "The Daily Reviewer", and is featured on the Religion News Writer's website. Mr. Copeland is a contributing scholar to "State of Formation", a multi-author blog founded by the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue and run in partnership with Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Hebrew College, and The World Parliament of Religions, He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a Ph.D candidate in social work at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and Adjunct Faculty in Social Work at Simmons College and Boston University.
This perilous world that so many of us yearn to change is the inevitable consequence of the color line.
Because of the oppression of women, we have no idea what a "real man" looks like.
It is how we see race and not whether we see it that is the issue.
It is not the Wade Michael Pages, but every day people who will decide the fate of our nation.
The recent massacre at a Sikh Temple was a brutal lesson in the inevitable consequences of the color line.
I will need to raise a son who is not only "brown like me," but "brown like her."
It's time for a new kind of faith-in-space movie.
Is God trying to teach us something through the hues human beings come in?
I have to acknowledge that I have held similar ideas about Black males to those that likely influenced Zimmerman's thinking.
Dealing effectively with racism must involve thinking and action that transcend material considerations.