Bishop Harry Jackson ponders what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have thought of the events of our times. Could he have imagined that our country would have twice elected a black president? read more
While most Americans were focusing on the domestic implications of the president's re-election, the effects of his victory are being felt around the globe in different ways. Bishop Harry Jackson discusses why President Obama is so unliked in Israel. read more
This election cycle has been one of the most interesting in modern history. Bishop Harry Jackson discusses the question, How is it that a campaign of hope and change has resulted in such division? read more
Bishop Harry Jackson discusses concerns of how same-sex marriage is affecting children and the values of our culture. He looks at several countries that openly suport gay marriage for examples of how this "new normal" could impact the U.S. read more
As LGBT activists continue to try to force the redefinition of marriage on the entire nation, Bishop Harry Jackson argues that the recent FRC shooting highlights the fact that the playing field is far from level. read more
HIV-AIDS is affecting black gay men in the United States on a mass scale. So why is the LGBT movement spending multiplied millions to boycott Chick-fil-A instead of fighting this deadly enemy? Bishop Harry Jackson offers insights. read more
Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. discusses his disappointment with the NAACP's decision to back same-sex marriage, and explains why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People no longer speaks for him. read more
Do you expect to pay eight times as much as you have in previous years? Bishop Harry R. Jackson says that could happen to some unless Congress stands up to the insane regulations on coal put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. read more
Whatever a family’s beliefs about marriage and sexuality, they are matters about which parents must clearly teach their children, not send them into the world to figure it out on their own, says Bishop Harry R. Jackson. read more
Bishop Harry Jackson says LGBT activists have learned that money and bullying tactics can buy you a few black leaders—some pastors even—but they cannot buy you the conscience of black America. read more
Last week (May 23 and 24), 175 Christian leaders from around the
country gathered for a 24-hour marriage summit in the Washington,
D.C., metro area. The small group represented nearly 100,000
individual churches and several denominations. The purpose of the
summit was to strategize how we would respond to President Obama’s
endorsement of same-sex marriage.
The group, which included pastors, community activists and
denominational leaders, decided to send out a group letter to the
president and to develop a pro-biblical marriage resource that could
be used around the country.
The summit culminated with a press conference in which black,
Hispanic, white and Asian leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder. We
wanted to let the nation know that Christian leaders will not be
silent on the issue of same-sex marriage. We also wanted to ask the
president and the legislators of both parties to convey to us their
The president’s decision to endorse same-sex marriage is a great
disappointment for many people. His statement—which he announced Wednesday—is of great concern to
those who still believe in traditional marriage.
These people fall into two major categories—those whose belief
systems are informed by their spiritual background and those who have
been convinced that redefining marriage will be a horrible social
experiment that will further weaken America’s declining structure.
Many in the faith community have suspected for some time that the
president’s announcement was coming. It seems as though the
administration feels that this moment will bolster the same-sex
marriage movement from the crushing
defeat it experienced in North Carolina. read more
I remember sitting at the dinner table with my parents at 8 years
old. During that season, the “no elbows on the table” rule was in
full force. In addition, my mother constantly chided me for using
slang as opposed to proper English. Those three to four years seemed
like hell on earth. Nonetheless, years later, I could trace my
success in school to my family dinner table and a few great teachers.
My parents always said, “For a black man to do half as well, he
must be twice as good!” For them, education was almost a “sacred
privilege,” which had been denied my ancestors because of the black
and Native American social status. Today, I am shocked by the almost
unfathomable swing from my black community’s sense of excellence
and purpose to an entitlement mentality.
Not long ago, both The Washington Post and The New York
Times reported a growing national trend: Black students are
suspended and expelled from school at two to five times the rate of
white students. Both articles highlighted the unintended bias of
teachers and administrators, zero-tolerance school discipline
policies and school leadership styles as possible causes for this
development—and undoubtedly they are contributing factors.
But I wonder whether forcing teachers to sit through another
mandatory sensitivity seminar or lobbying to relax school discipline
policies will improve the long-term prospects of black students in
America? read more
As we mourn Trayvon Martin’s death, we should remember another black teenager killed just four years ago.
On March 2, 2008, high school senior Jamiel Shaw was gunned down in
Los Angeles. According to police, Shaw was walking home when two men he
had never met jumped out of a car and one shot him. A talented football
player, Shaw had scholarship offers from Stanford University and
Rutgers. The man who shot him was Petro Espinoza, an illegal immigrant
and member of a gang with a history of extensive violence against
African-Americans. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Espinoza had been released from jail 28 hours before the shooting, after serving time for an earlier [violent] offense.”
Why did the nation not mourn Jamiel the way we are mourning Trayvon?
Was it because the media knew immediately that Shaw’s killers were
Latino, not white? read more