Author Archives: stephen matlock

When Black Lives Matter

By | December 22, 2014

Some people are telling me that if black people just obeyed the police they wouldn’t be harrassed, beaten, and arrested so much. Here are the stories police officers tell–of being harrassed, beaten, and arrested by their fellow officers–because they are black. The stories you are hearing, the protests you are seeing, are coming from somewhere:… Read More »

Bad Cops, Bad Victims

By | December 21, 2014

Bad cops killing unarmed civilians do not invalidate all police officers or even the necessity of a police force. We hope they are not common, and we hope that the good cops would speak up about bad cops and work to eject those bad cops from the police force. A deranged man who tried to… Read More »

We Do Because We Can

By | December 18, 2014

We ‪#‎tortured‬ people who did not crash planes into the Twin Towers or the Pentagon. We tortured people who were later declared innocent. We tortured people who died from the torture. We tortured people who were our allies and working for us. We tortured people who had no charges filed. We tortured people with the… Read More »

Guest Post: What Now?

By | December 4, 2014

Posting this (slightly edited version) on behalf of someone who cannot post due to the circumstances of their life. I guess the question is, what now, after the Eric Garner verdict? The cops used an illegal choke-hold, one that they had been directed not to use. The coroner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. The police… Read More »

Thinking about a White Response to Ferguson

By | December 1, 2014

I don’t usually reblog. But I’d like you to go here to read this. http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/2014/11/27/race-ya/ Note that there are two instances of the “F” word, which might offend you, but then I have to ask, why does the fact that black men are being shot down at rates far out of proportion to their population… Read More »

What Can I Do to Help in Ferguson?

By | November 27, 2014

I am having a series of conversations with people who ask me (as if I’m an expert!) of what they can do to help with the situation in Ferguson. I’m always going to approach this from my grid as a Christian believer. So some of my answers come from my own faith in a powerful,… Read More »

More thoughts on the Christian response to Ferguson

By | November 25, 2014

See. here’s the thing, Christians: we have an opportunity to speak out about injustice to our fellow humans, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and we are largely silent or even supporting the whitewash in #Ferguson. We were so righteously angry over same-sex marriage and Chik-Fil-A. We were so righteously angry over a baker… Read More »

Quotes from “Stars in the Texas Sky”

By | November 23, 2014

I’ll be quoting from the novel “Stars in the Texas Sky” for the next few days, some of the more memorable things said by the characters. Today’s quote is from Talitha Lawson, wife of the mayor of Windmill, Texas: In a small Texas town, you follow football in the fall and baseball in the spring… Read More »